Sony Electronics has signed deals with self-publishing behemoth Author Solutions and ebook platform Smashwords to distribute their ebooks through Sony’s own online epub portal. This has the potential to be a huge step forward for self-publishing authors using the family of companies owned by Author Solutions. They include iUniverse, AuthorHouse, Xlibris, Trafford and Wordclay. Exact details of how the new deal with Sony Electronics will work regarding the companies owned by Author Solutions has yet to be disclosed.
“We’re thrilled to help power the new Sony Publisher Portal. The free Smashwords service makes it easy for any author or publisher, anywhere in the world, to distribute their eBooks via the eBook Store from Sony. Authors and publishers simply upload their manuscript to Smashwords as a Microsoft Word document, select the price, and then we manage the conversion and distribution.”
Mark Croker, CEO of Smashwords.
“Author Solutions is pleased to work with Sony to make our titles available through the Sony eBook store. ASI is the leader in the fastest-growing segment in book publishing — bringing to market more than 20,000 new titles annually. To best serve our authors, it is imperative that we make their content available digitally to a multitude of readers.”
Kevin Weiss, CEO of Author Solutions Inc.
This news is a further indication that Sony’s epub format is the growing choice in electronic books.