I suppose this could also be called “First World Problems.” I’m only writing it here because I had to really search around to find this information.
The editor who is publishing my book is an okay guy, but he’s not technologically savvy. He pays someone to put is books on Smashwords, which means they are available on Sony, Nook, and other miscellaneous sites. But to me, the most important thing is to get my book on Kindle. That is were I believe I will reach the widest audience. Other authors who are using both are seeing more sales through Amazon than all other sites combined.
Currently, the only way to get a Smashwords book onto a Kindle is side-loading, a not-difficult-but-tedious process compared to the direct delivery options. Many authors are releasing their books on Smashwords and via Kindle Direct Publishing.
Smashwords has a deal with Amazon, they do plan to deliver their books to the Kindle store, but the technology isn’t in place. They were saying that everything would be ready in November. Now they are saying “next year.” My book doesn’t drop until April, so I guess I’ll cross my fingers.
At this point, I guess all I can do is wait and see if Smashwords and Amazon play well together. If they don’t, because I do have a small publisher who’s willing to work with me, maybe I can work out some kind of deal.