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A month after signing a distribution deal with the Barnes & Noble eBookstore, online publishing platform Smashwords announced on Tuesday that it has reached a similar arrangement with Sony. Authors who upload their work to Smashwords through Sony’s new “Publisher Portal” can expect to see it added to the Sony e-book catalogue in as little as ten days, the company said.
There was a slight decline in traditional book production last year, but the number of print-on-demand books more than doubled, reported Bowker, the agency that publishes the Books In Print database and assigns ISBNs.