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Old 09-27-2013, 04:21 PM   #1
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eDelivery at Smashwords Looking for Private Beta Users

Hello Mobilereaders!

At Smashwords we are hard at work making your reading experience better. We have a feature in private beta which we think you will be very excited about: the ability to deliver books to your Kindles and Dropbox accounts.

With this feature you can have books delivered automatically to your devices on check-out, or choose to send previously purchased or free books from your library at any time.

To kick this feature off, we'd like to conduct a private beta. The first 25 people to PM me a link to their Smashwords profile will be sent an email at their Smashwords email account on how to get started.

We will be closing the call for beta users as soon as we reach 25 or Monday at 10:30AM PST (whichever comes first), and your invitation email will arrive shortly after.

Thanks for your participation!

-- Case Talbot
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Update: As of Sunday 9PM PST, we still have room for more beta testers. PM me your Smashwords profile link to participate!

Update: As of Monday 12:35 PST, the private beta has commenced and we are no longer accepting requests for beta testers. If you missed out, you'll be able to use the new features as soon as we release, which shouldn't be too far away.

Update: As of Friday, November 15, 2013, we've released Send to Dropbox! Our CEO, Mark Coker, made a great blog post about it.

Update: As of Wednesday, February 12, 2014, we've released Send to Email! Here are the new highlights:

Adds email as a destination for your books to be sent to. We will always send your books from edelivery@smashwords.com *hint, hint*
Adds the ability to configure the formats sent to destinations including dropbox
Adds the ability to configure the email address that books are sent to
Adds the ability to send book samples
Adds the send button to the book action control box, as long as the book is free, a sample is available, or the user has bought the book.

We hope this makes it easier than ever to get books to your tablets.

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Old 09-27-2013, 07:08 PM   #2
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Sent you a PM! This sounds exciting. Specially the Dropbox part!
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Old 09-27-2013, 11:03 PM   #3
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Old 09-28-2013, 03:31 AM   #4
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PM sent. My interesting part is dropbox, as I don't have a Kindle.
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Old 09-30-2013, 04:35 PM   #5
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Thanks folks, we're all full for private beta testers for now. If you got in, you should receive an email with instructions shortly!
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Old 10-03-2013, 05:36 PM   #6
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It looks very cool, I'd be more likely to consider buying book from Smashwords if I didn't have to manually copy them.
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Old 11-15-2013, 03:25 PM   #7
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Thanks folks! We've just released Dropbox. Check out the great blog post from Mark Coker.
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I love this feature! Too bad the Send to Kindle had to be removed due to Amazon's new policy. I'm pretty sure Fictionwise use to have it when they were around.
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I love this feature! Too bad the Send to Kindle had to be removed due to Amazon's new policy. I'm pretty sure Fictionwise use to have it when they were around.
Wait--what new policy from Amazon? Baen still allows their books to be sent directly to your Kindle.

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Old 11-16-2013, 07:58 PM   #10
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Wait--what new policy from Amazon? Baen still allows their books to be sent directly to your Kindle.

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I don't know I got email from Smashwords saying they had to remove the Kindle option due to Amazon's Policy. I figured it had to be new because Fictionwise use to let you send to Kindle too.
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As far as I know it is not a new policy. We were not aware that it affected our use of the Send to Kindle feature until they contacted us referring to their Terms of Use and indicated that it was not allowed. I was very surprised that it affected our use as O'Reilly technical books has a similar feature that ships books to your Kindle on purchase.

We were very disappointed to have to pull this feature as, for many users, sideloading is too technically involved. I know I would never be able to teach my grandmother how to sideload a book to the Kindle Fire that I bought her for Christmas.
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As far as I know it is not a new policy. We were not aware that it affected our use of the Send to Kindle feature until they contacted us referring to their Terms of Use and indicated that it was not allowed. I was very surprised that it affected our use as O'Reilly technical books has a similar feature that ships books to your Kindle on purchase.

We were very disappointed to have to pull this feature as, for many users, sideloading is too technically involved. I know I would never be able to teach my grandmother how to sideload a book to the Kindle Fire that I bought her for Christmas.
So Amazon is no longer allowing you to email books directly to people's Kindles? I don't understand how they could stop you--it's really no different from me sending something to my Kindle by email.

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I just looked at the Terms of Use that you linked to, and unless you were sending illegal/infringing content, I don't see why Amazon would have an objection. Unless you were charging your customers for the service?

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We definitely do not charge for this.

They can block us because our from email has to be kindle@smashwords.com.
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We definitely do not charge for this.

They can block us because our from email has to be kindle@smashwords.com.
So were you possibly sending things that Amazon construed as being illegal or infringing? Maybe one of your authors had uploaded a book that, while legal in their country of origin, was not legal in the US?

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