Contrary to all other information currently available, publishing your eBook for Kindle on Amazon in the KDP Select program and offering it for pre-order over Smashwords parallel IS possible!
A short while ago Smashwords started its pre-order system. Since I’ve published my novels recently at Amazon choosing the 90 day select program, Smashwords caught my attention at a time I was looking for the next platform anyway.
How great is that? I could upload my novels already in Smashwords – since I had the time to do it now – and when Amazon’s 90 days are over, it would be automatically published and widely available. In addition, people could pre-order it before. Perfect.
I did my research and I read a couple of blog articles, but everybody was saying that this isn’t possible. I wondered why? Because according to Amazon’s program no “sales“ are allowed at the same time on any other portal.
A pre-order is not a “sale,“ so what is the problem?
I wrote Amazon asking exactly that.
ANSWER AMAZON (Amazon.de Germany, translation follows)
Guten Tag Herr Nesch,
ja, wenn Sie sicherstellen, dass Ihre eBooks nicht vor dem KDP Select-Ablaufdatum bei Smashwords verkauft werden, sondern nur “eingestellt” sind, dann können Sie so vorgehen, wie Sie es beschreiben.
Denken Sie dann auch daran, dass Sie nur bis zu 10% Ihres Buchs als Leseprobe oder Vorschau anbieten dürfen.
Kindle Direct Publishing
Good day Mr. Nesch,
yes, you can do that, if you make sure your eBook is not sold via Smashwords before the end of your KDP Select time but only “listed.”
But keep in mind, you can only allow a 10% reading-sample.
Kindle Direct Publishing
Their answer was positive and they were so nice to point out that I only have to take care of my book’s last sales day in the KDP Select program and that I am just allowed a 10% reading sample on Smashwords.
I went straight to work, formatting for Smashwords. Until I went on to publish the novel as a pre-order where it says it can’t be sold on any platform during pre-order time.
But it was on Amazon – so I sent another email, this time to Smashwords (there is no German site):
My ebook IS available on one platform. I asked there and they ARE OKAY it being listed as a pre-order on SW.
then it should be ok for SW as well, or?
And Smashwords responded just as quick and precise as Amazon:
Good Afternoon, Thorsten.
Thanks for your email. That shouldn’t be a problem; however, if you are already publishing this title directly through kobo, Apple, or Barnes & Noble, be sure to opt-out of distribution to then by going to Dashboard: Channel Manager.
It would be okay for them, too, pointing only out that if it is on Kobo etc. I have to opt out that channel in the Dashbord Channel Manager. Fantastic.
I think that here Amazon and Smashwords are doing us – the authors – a big favour in making this possible. I just wanted to let you know that it is possible. I hope this information is helpful to you.
Thorsten Nesch is an award-winning author. The German version of his novel Joyride West was nominated Best YA Debut and is in pre-production for a movie. Three novels and one non-fiction book are available in English. Currently he is living close to the river Rhine in Germany. Learn more about Thorsten at his website.