Mark Coker, Smashwords
This episode of Late Night Conversation features Mark Coker, founder of Smashwords. Paul and Mark discuss the benefits of the agency model, self-publishing, international e-book distribution, Amazon’s anti-competitive practices, and the future of e-book publishing. Here are some links of interest in reference to Paul and Mark’s discussion:
Amazon: The Grinch Who Stole Christmas?
Does Agency Pricing Lead to Higher Book Prices?
Mark Coker: Significant Disruption for Traditional Publishers Still to Come
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Mark Coker founded Smashwords in 2008 to change the way books are published, marketed and sold.
Mark is co-author along with his wife, Lesleyann, of Boob Tube, a novel that explores the behind-the-scenes world of daytime television soap operas. It was Mark’s experience trying to get Boob Tube published that inspired him to start Smashwords. He believes Smashwords holds the promise to make publishing more enriching for authors, readers and publishers. Mark is also the author of The Smashwords Style Guide, The Smashwords Book Marketing Guide, and The Secrets to Ebook Publishing Success.
Smashwords is the world’s largest distributor of indie e-books, currently offering over 125,000 indie e-books in their catalogue.
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