Do you prefer Amazon or Smashwords?

I’ve offered free promotions for my books before and have always used because it’s so easy to do.  The results, however, have been less than stellar and I’m wondering if is one of the problems.

Do you have a preference about which site you download from?

It would also be helpful if you left a comment to let me know why you prefer one site over the other.

Thanks for the feedback!



About Kevin_Fraleigh

I am a novelist, and much of my writing is predicated on the concept that within each of us is a hole. For some of us, the hole is a divot, shallow and insignificant. But for many of us the hole is a cavern, deep and expansive. We try to fill it with sex or drugs or religion, but the cavern has an insatiable appetite. This is where the dark things live―the things that fill our nightmares. The things that claw at our minds. The things that inspire the stories of horror, madness, and twisted realities. From the depths of that cavern come the seeds of my stories. Won’t you join me in the dark edges of reality? Learn more about me from my blog at You can find my novels at,, and most eBook retailers. You can also read some of my full length short stories at
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2 Responses to Do you prefer Amazon or Smashwords?

  1. dmunt says:

    Just thought I’d let you know, I much prefer Amazon to anything else. I’m a Kindle owner, so obviously Amazon is the easiest thing for me to use. I don’t actually visit any other eBook sites unless I know there’s something there I desperately want that I can’t get on Amazon.

  2. Bill Smith says:

    I prefer Smashwords because I just buy and download direct to my PC. Much easier. As a Linux user, my ONLY option with Amazon is the web reader (no downloads unless you have their proprietary app installed or a Kindle).

    So with Amazon, I can’t take my ebooks with me.

    Plus, with Smashwords, you can sell anywhere in the world, the author gets a higher royalty on ALL sales, even 99 cent ones (Amazon is still 35% in many stores and also only 35% if your price is below $2.99 or above $9.99). On Smashwords, you can buy in whatever format you want (PDF, epub, mobi, plain text if you want it)…

    Smashwords has coupons authors can use for promotions without permanent price changes and the affiliate program means affiliates earn at least 11% on affiliate sales — authors can increase affiliate percentage as high as they want to generate more sales and promotion through other sites (Amazon pays 4% I think and eliminates your affiliate earnings if “too many” free books are downloaded through your referrals).

    I really believe Smashwords does A LOT of things right and has potential to be a huge outlet…I think many authors overlook the marketing potential of coupons, affiliate codes and worldwide sales with Smashwords.

    — Bill Smith

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