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Getting Started

Welcome to Smashwords!

Welcome. If you’re not familiar with Smashwords, a quick introduction is in order.

I founded Smashwords in 2008 to makes it fast, free and easy for every writer to professionally publish and distribute an ebook.

Today, Smashwords is the world’s largest distributor of ebooks for self-published authors and small independent presses. We deliver books to major ebook retailers including Apple iBooks, Barnes & Noble, Scribd, Oyster and Kobo. In 2013, Smashwords authors sold over $30 million worth of books at retail. Every year, our books touch millions of readers thanks to our ever-growing global retail and library distribution network.

We give you the tools to publish with pride and professionalism.

This Smashwords Style Guide is one such tool. In the last six years, this guide has helped over 100,000 authors and publishers around the world release over 300,000 high-quality ebooks through Smashwords.

Don’t be intimidated by the length of this guide. It has a lot of pictures.

The Style Guide is written for non-technical readers. No prior experience is assumed or required. I present simple, step-by-step instructions to help you produce a professional-quality ebook that meets the requirements of major ebook retailers. All you need is a word processor, preferably Microsoft Word, and the patience to follow step-by-step.

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