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I’ve been looking over my shoulder for a while now.

For about a year, my work has been housed quite comfortably at Smashwords.  Smashwords is great.  Simple.  Easy.  All the file formats you could want – and even ones no one ever wants.  And recently, I built a second home at Amazon, which likewise has it’s alluring features.  A well-known brand.  Buyer trust.  A web of “also-boughts” that links content together.

It’s been great.

But, I’ve been looking over my shoulder.

CC0, the Creative Commons tool for placing your work in the Public Domain, throws a monkey wrench into things.  Amazon and Smashwords don’t know what to do with it.  Terms of service weren’t written for people who *gasp* give up their copyright.  Granted, these are hiccoughs, not roadblocks.  Smashwords, for instance, doesn’t allow ANY public domain publications, but they haven’t kicked me out yet.  And Amazon won’t let me into the KDP Select club which has a lending library and lets you do free promotions, but I’m still selling without being in the club.

It’s been pretty smooth sailing, actually.

But, I’ve been looking over my shoulder.

So I thought really hard about how I wanted to do things this time around.  I could, of course, give up my Public Do–hah, yeah nope, that’s not going to happen.  I could settle for being the odd one out sneaking along on my merry way under the radar.  But why settle for quietly flying under the radar of the big companies, cowering in the grey area?

Why not strike out in a different direction altogether?

The fact is, I like throwing monkey wrenches.

A few months ago, I met Netkups,  a file-hosting/torrent mashup that allows smaller files (like ebooks) to be downloaded directly, and larger files to be torrented.  These new kids on the block seemed pretty spiffy – and their terms are pretty reasonable and hands-off.  As long as I’m not posting infringing content, (this is not the Pirate Bay, guys) they’ll provide a nice home for my MOBIs EPUBs and PDFs.  Plus, I hope some day, my body of work will be big enough to be worth torrenting.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m leaving my work up on both Smashwords and Amazon.  (And I’m still offering FREE paperbacks to people who review honestly on Amazon!)  As far  as I’m concerned, the more places I can infiltrate the better!  But here, on my blog, I”m doing things differently.

I’m throwing a fucking monkey wrench into the brush and making my own way through.

4 Responses to “New Things And Monkey Wrenches: Netkups”

    • aeliusblythe

      Yes that is true. Surprisingly (to myself!) I don’t actually have a problem with the exclusivity clause. Amazon is well-used and trusted that, all things being equal, most people would choose it anyway.

      You know, I feel stupid, but I didn’t even know Lulu did ebooks! Just had to look that up. I definitely need to keep them in mind more – for some reason, I’m always forgetting about them. Definitely an option….


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