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Smashwords Streamlines Publishing


Catherine Burr

When I first started publishing books, believe it or not, ebooks had not come into existence. There was no Smashwords, no Nook, no Kindle. I published books the old-fashioned way, with a print run with a printer (not print on demand), and had stock of books in my garage until they were sold. Cut chase years later and this thing called Kindle came along. I was instantly intrigued.

Having grown up in Silicon Valley, technology was all around me and being on the forefront of the digital revolution was a thrill. When I started publishing ebooks on Kindle, most people had a confused look on their faces when I mentioned the word, “ebook.” My sister used to explain it to people that I was on the “cutting edge” of books. Still, most people hadn’t heard of ebooks and I must’ve explained a thousand times about ebooks and the new technology…

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