3 Replies Latest reply on Jan 19, 2011 8:39 PM by swan480

    Smashwords Book Experiences Please

      Has anyone ever bought a book from Smashwords?  Or a smashwords book available on B&N?  I was curious about quality since anyone can epublish through them.  How's the editing?  Content?  Reading level?  Just curious.

        • Re: Smashwords Book Experiences Please
          Doug_Pardee
          JC88 wrote:

          Has anyone ever bought a book from Smashwords?  Or a smashwords book available on B&N?  I was curious about quality since anyone can epublish through them.  How's the editing?  Content?  Reading level?  Just curious.

          I've downloaded a number of free books from Smashwords. Somewhere around 70 or so.

           

          I go directly to Smashwords, rather than through B&N. You can read the beginning of anything that's published there, right online. You can also see if anyone's reviewed the book on Smashwords. There also could be reviews on B&N.

           

          My experience has been that the quality level of the writing is surprisingly high. Of course there is some junk, but a quick look at the preview will usually help sort that out.

           

          The quality level of the editing varies quite a bit.

           

          Of the stuff I've read and rated there, I've given out

          • 1-star (bad stuff) : 1
          • 2-stars (didn't like it) : 4
          • 3-stars (okay, not special but hey it was free) : 9
          • 4-stars (very good) : 9
          • 5-stars (outstanding) : 6

          I've also been unable to rate one novelette that I got free that are no longer free (for non-free stuff you have to have bought it to rate it). I'd have given that one 5 stars, too.

           

          So out of 30 novels and short stories I've read, half got a rating of 4 or 5 stars, and over 80% got 3 stars or better from me.

          • Re: Smashwords Book Experiences Please

            I have downloaded several books from smashwords.  the only problem i found was that some of the books are very very very short! (i know now to check the file size!) Some as small as 4 or 5 pages!!  Thank god I did not pay for those!! 

             

            I did notice that once in a while... the print becomes darker (or bold) or that the actual font changed size.  But that wasnt a real problem to me.