Smashwords was founded back in 2008 by Mark Coker, after failing to publish his own book, he wanted to create a platform which would give indie authors more control (and freedom) when it came to getting their own work published. Since then Smashwords has grown from just a handful of authors to hundreds of thousands of authors, it’s even had some of its titles go on to become New York Times and USA Today best sellers, not bad.
Focusing on paperbacks and eBooks has been good for KDP, but they have lagged behind other POD services with regards to hardbacks, for long time most author’s first option would be either IngramSpark, Lulu or a smaller independent printer, and this is fine, but it always felt like KDP were missing a trick not offering the service themselves.
So, if we go back over the past 12-18 months they started a beta service for hardbacks, selected authors were offered the opportunity to print their book via KDP as a case-wrapped edition, numerous authors took them up on the offer and now the service has been rolled out to everyone, at last.
If you want to publish your book via KDP as a hardback, here’s a few things that you should know.
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