June 27, 2012 - Los Gatos, Calif. - Smashwords today announced a distribution agreement with Page Foundry, a developer of mobile ebook store apps for Android tablets and smart phones.
This new relationship will lead to distribution at the following four places:
1. ASUS: Asus, a leading manufacturer of netbooks, notebooks and tablets, currently has about 8 million devices here in the US pre-loaded with the Page Foundry ebook store app, all part of their @Vibe media store. Page Foundry is one of two pre-loaded ebook store apps on the Asus devices.
2. WIRELESS OPERATOR: Page Foundry is powering the ebook store app for a leading pre-paid wireless services operator with 2.5 million smart phone customers (Smashwords authors/publishers were informed of the wireless operator's identity in the author/publisher email alert transmitted June 27, and can also view in their Dashboard's Channel Manager). Starting this summer, all of this mobile operator's subscriber phones will ship pre-loaded with the Page Foundry app (previously, subscribers had to manually download the app from the operator's app store).
3. VERSENT and INKTERA: These are two sister e-reader apps, available for download to Android devices from Google Play (formerly known as the Android Market). Versent and Inktera also sell books through their websites at http://www.versentbooks.com and http://www.inktera.com. Page Foundry set up these two sites as experimental showcases of their platform, though they've also started attracting some customers so they plan to continue operating the sites as indepedent ebook retailers.
Page Foundry plans to add additional mobile operators and device-makers in the months ahead.
As with all new Smashwords distribution partners, all Premium Catalog books will automatically go to Page Foundry unless you opt out, or unless the title is unpublished. Visit your Dashboard's Channel Manager to adjust distribution settings.
Learn more about Page Foundry at http://www.pagefoundry.com
Founded in 2008, Smashwords is the leading distributor of indie ebooks. More than 40,000 authors, small presses and literary agents around the world publish over 130,000 ebooks through Smashwords. Smashwords makes it fast, free and easy for authors, publishers and literary agents to publish and distribute multi-format ebooks. Smashwords distributes to major online retailers such as the Apple iBookstore, Barnes & Noble, Sony, Kobo (which also powers WHSmith and FNAC), Baker & Taylor Blio, Page Foundry and the Diesel eBook Store. Smashwords distributes through library aggregators Baker and Taylor (Axis360) and 3M Cloud Library. Smashwords books are also available via leading mobile e-reading apps such as Blio, Aldiko, Stanza and FBReader. Smashwords is based in Los Gatos, California, and can be reached on the web at http://www.smashwords.com. Visit the official Smashwords blog at http://blog.smashwords.com/.