Since I posted a few times about Smashwords and BookBaby, I thought I’d also mention another formatting and distribution service: eBookIt.com. For $149 ($249 if your source file is a PDF), eBookIt will convert your file and distribute it to the usual places. Of course, it will also take a cut of each sale, 15% of net. That’s actually a better deal than Smashwords for some retailers.
The site offers other services, such as audiobook creation, promotion (this appears to be press releases), and eBook cover creation.
A few folks in the Yahoo self-publishing groups seem happy with eBookIt. If you’re using eBookIt, how is it? Would you recommend the service?
While we’re on this subject, Smashwords has improved its sales reporting from third party retailers. You used to have to wait 3-4 months for sales data. Not anymore; the wait has been significantly reduced. For example, Barnes & Noble sales through early November have already been reported. If you were staying away from Smashwords because of the slow sales reporting, you might want to have another look at it.