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Silicon Valley Company Takes On NZ Publishing Platform, Writers

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Wellington, Nov 20 NZPA - Silicon Valley-based "ebook" company Smashwords has bought Wellington's BookHabit, a distribution platform for independent authors and publishers.

The price paid was not disclosed.

BookHabit was founded in 2008 to provide ebook publishing for independent authors, and its 340 authors have since published over 600 books.

Smashwords started up at about the same time in the United States, and has published 4700 ebooks from 2100 independent authors and publishers.

The New Zealander who founded BookHabit, Clare Tanner, said her authors would benefit from broader sales and distribution opportunities, especially in North America.

She said BookHabit's had been set up to give published and unpublished writers a conduit to readers, and give readers access to new, undiscovered writers.

BookHabit was funded by WebFund, an online business incubator/angel investment firm in Wellington.

Smashwords has just announced distribution deals with major online retailers Shortcovers, Sony, and Barnes and Noble.

The founder of Smashwords, Mark Coker, said in a statement the New Zealand acquisition boosted his international base of authors, ebooks and customers.

"I'm pleased to welcome BookHabit authors and readers to the Smashwords family," he said.

Smashwords has already begun migrating BookHabit's authors, books and customers over to the Smashwords platform, but said the writers would still retain all ownership and copyright to their books.

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