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Smashwords to Supply Ebooks to the Amazon Kindle Store

Smashwords Authors and Publishers from around the World Gain Greater Distribution for their Ebooks

LOS GATOS, Calif., Nov. 23 /PRNewswire/ — Smashwords, a global publisher and distributor of independently published ebooks, today announced it will supply ebooks to the Kindle Store. Kindle is Amazon’s wireless reading device that allows customers to downloads books, blogs, magazines and newspapers to a crisp, high-resolution electronic paper display that looks and reads like real paper.

Smashwords‘ decision to distribute ebooks to the Kindle Store follows recent Smashwords agreements with Barnes & Noble, Sony and Shortcovers. The relationships further democratize access to distribution for the world’s independent authors and publishers.

Smashwords makes it free and easy for any author or publisher, anywhere in the world, to publish and distribute an ebook,” said Mark Coker, founder of Smashwords. “By providing our ebooks to the Kindle store, Kindle customers can conveniently discover, sample and purchase thousands of ebooks from Smashwords authors and publishers.”

Smashwords currently publishes and distributes over 4,800 original ebooks from 2,200 independent authors and approximately 80 small independent publishers. The service launched in May 2008 with a focus on self-published authors, and then in May 2009 expanded its offerings to support publishers as well. The new Smashwords distribution agreements enable free and immediate worldwide distribution for thousands of ebook authors and small publishers.

A growing number of Smashwords authors are previously published professional authors with reverted rights who use Smashwords to bring their out-of-print books back to life as ebooks.

Availability, Smashwords Author/Publisher Terms

Smashwords will begin shipping ebooks to Amazon starting November 25. Smashwords expects the books to begin appearing in the Kindle store some time in December.

Smashwords will pay authors and publishers 42.5 percent of the digital list price (set by the author) for book sales through Amazon. The rate is higher than what many ebook authors can receive on their own if they publish direct with Amazon.

The royalty Smashwords pays authors and publishers for their Amazon ebook sales is eight times the royalty rate most commercially published print authors earn on mass market paperbacks, and nearly triple the standard royalty on hard cover books.

Smashwords authors and publishers who already distribute ebooks to the Amazon Kindle Store can easily opt-out of the Smashwords-Amazon channel in advance of the November 25 ship date via their Smashwords Dashboard.

Smashwords will ship ebooks to Amazon that have gained inclusion in the Smashwords Premium Catalog. The Premium Catalog comprises 2,500 Smashwords titles that meet certain mechanical requirements, as outlined on the Smashwords Distribution Information page at There is no cost to authors to publish and distribute through Smashwords.

To distribute via Smashwords, authors and publishers simply format their finished manuscript per the requirements of the Smashwords Style Guide found at and then upload the book as a Microsoft Word document. To learn more about publishing at Smashwords, visit

About Smashwords, Inc.

Launched in 2008, Smashwords operates an ebook publishing and distribution platform serving authors, publishers, readers and retailers. Smashwords makes it free and easy for any author or publisher, anywhere in the world, to instantly publish and distribute a multi-format ebook. Smashwords puts authors and publishers in full control over the pricing, sampling and distribution of their works. Authors and publishers receive up to 85 percent of the net proceeds from sales of their works. Smashwords books are distributed via leading online retailers such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Sony, and via leading mobile e-reading apps such as Stanza, Shortcovers, Ereader, Aldiko and Word-Player, spanning all major mobile platforms including Android and iPhone. Smashwords is based in Los Gatos, California, and can be reached on the web at Visit the official Smashwords blog at For frequent Smashwords updates, follow Smashwords’ founder, Mark Coker, on Twitter at

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Felix Mayerhofer


Felix Mayerhofer, born and raised in Port Chester, NY, in 1930, is the son of the late Simon & Maria Mayerhofer. Simon was a respected professional linguist & Maria a reputable choir director for Corpus Christi Church for 35 years. At age 19, Felix attended Juilliard School of Music on full scholarship. While practicing one day in his hotel room, he was interrupted by a knock on the door and was offered a job to go on the “road” with the Ina Ray Hutton-Randy Brooks Band. He also played with Bobby Byrnes & Sonny Dunham until the Korean War. His 552nd Air National Guard Band was stationed at March Air Force Base (CA) for 2 years. Upon his discharge, his sister, vocalist Scottee Marsh, and her lead trumpet husband, Carl Erca, got him a job with the Bernie Cummins Band. He also performed with the Ray McKinley Band until he joined the hit Decca Records recording band, Eddie Grady and the Commanders. He received his B.S. in Music Education from the SUNY, Potsdam. He then worked with the Allen Keller Trio in Florida, New York City, Las Vegas and Reno. While in Reno, Felix joined a jazz-pop group, Nancy Lee and the Bachelors. They were headliners in Lake Tahoe & Reno casinos before performing at the Dream Room on Bourbon St. in New Orleans for an extended stay. After that he played with a variety of bands. He toured and recorded with Fred Waring and the Pennsylvanians for a year – until he met his future wife, Shirley Wagner (Wagonseller), a professional dancer at Harrah’s Club in Lake Tahoe. Felix and comedian-musician Bobby Day formed a comedy team, “The Unpredictable Day and May,” which toured for a brief time. Felix taught in the Palmdale School District for 27 years teaching concert and jazz bands at all levels until his retirement. While teaching he received an M.A. from Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, CA. Since retirement, he has written 36 children’s stories.

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The Band Busters
Ebook Price: $3.99 USD. 920 words. Fiction by Felix Mayerhofer and published byFideli Publishing on January 19, 2011
(Age Level – 6-11) – Pride, destruction, and pathos threads through this calamitous story. This could be the wildest story in rhyme you’ve ever read, where all adversities are overcome and good wins over evil.
The Ancient One
Ebook Price: $3.99 USD. 1180 words. Fiction by Felix Mayerhofer and published by Fideli Publishing on January 18, 2011
(Age Level – 7-10) – How can a tribe of cliff dwellers teach Songbird a rain dance when the tribe doesn’t exist? Wearing a sacred Katrina Mask given to him by the same mysterious Indians, Songbird demonstrates the spiritual dance to his own people shown to him by the “Ancient Ones.” The outcome brings great joy and relief to his tribe.
The Kingdom of Lipville
Ebook Price: $3.99 USD. 840 words. Fiction by Felix Mayerhofer and published byFideli Publishing on January 18, 2011
(Age Level – 5-9) – Who is the greatest whistler in the Kingdom of Lipville? Needle Lips and Iron Lips vie for this honor in the annual “Whistling Festival,” with Lady Sweet Lips, daughter of King Lipper in charge of the event. Invading hoards of infectious “Germ People” suddenly interrupt the festivities by attempting to wiggle up the walls. Will Sir Knight Lips stop them?
Ghost of the Fox
Ebook Price: $3.99 USD. 4270 words. Fiction by Felix Mayerhofer and published by Fideli Publishing on December 28, 2010
(Age Level – 8-11) – What an exciting way to be introduced to George Washington. This story is about the great victory attained by the brave men of the American Continental Army at the “Battle of Trenton.” The first part is historical nonfiction, continuing into the second half of the story in fiction-occurring more than 200 years later. This This is a must read for children of all ages.
The Lamplighter
Ebook Price: $3.99 USD. 1900 words. Fiction by Felix Mayerhofer and published by Fideli Publishing on December 1, 2010
(Age Level – 5-14) – Shortly before the birth of Christ, an angel appeared before a handicapped shepherd boy named Luke, who was told to collect old and damaged oil lamps. This request presented problems with Luke’s friends, townspeople, and was also of concern to his parents. On Christmas Eve he followed a bright star directed towards a stable in Bethlehem, where the reason is revealed.
Caws’s Second Christmas
Ebook Price: $3.99 USD. 1410 words. Fiction by Felix Mayerhofer and published by Fideli Publishing on December 1, 2010
(Age Level – 6-10) – CAW, the same unpredictable crow again gets in trouble with his mischievous ways. Miss Spelling, the teacher, is the victim, but to everyone’s surprise Santa comes to the rescue.
Caw’s First Holiday
Ebook Price: $3.99 USD. 1750 words. Fiction by Felix Mayerhofer and published by Fideli Publishing on December 1, 2010
(Age Level – 6-10) – The thoughts of Caw the crow are slightly cynical and speaks the one word it was taught–Jeb! This humorous story that includes important family values, are reinforced when Caw saves Christmas for Jeb and his family with that “one word.”
The Little Heroine
Ebook Price: $3.99 USD. 1180 words. Fiction by Felix Mayerhofer and published by Fideli Publishing on September 27, 2010
Age Level – 5-8) – Years of possible bondage at a secret silver mine for the men of a village in old Mexico is thwarted from an unlikely source. The outcome for the kidnappers is not what they’d expected, as the bravery and heroics of a little girl called Maria comes into play.
Chiquita the Featherless Chick
Ebook Price: $3.99 USD. 770 words. Fiction by Felix Mayerhofer and published byFideli Publishing on September 27, 2010
(Age Level – 5-8) – This story about a baby chick adopted by a loving Mexican family, especially Mama Gomez, will make you both laugh and cry. The little ones will especially enjoy the story and go “peep-peep-peeping all around the house.
King of the Ice Cap
Ebook Price: $3.99 USD. 1760 words. Fiction by Felix Mayerhofer and published by Fideli Publishing on September 27, 2010
(Age Level – 6-11) – Yaki, an Eskimo boy gives further proof why he deserves praise from his father. With his great discovery in this story, he makes an unselfish offer giving new life to his entire village. This gesture earns him the respect and honor of the tribal elders.
The Eskimo Hunter
Ebook Price: $3.99 USD. 1380 words. Fiction by Felix Mayerhofer and published by Fideli Publishing on September 27, 2010
(Age Level – 6-11) – Eskimo boys grow fast in the rugged cold weather of Greenland, and that was the case with Yaki. His heroic deed while hunting on the ice cap near the North Pole brought praise and honor from his father.
Nick & Knobby Go Hollywood
Ebook Price: $3.99 USD. 2550 words. Fiction by Felix Mayerhofer and published by Fideli Publishing on July 22, 2010
(Age Level – 7-10) — Because of Knobby’s supposed cowardice, Nick and Knobby fail their Hollywood screen test. But Knobby proves the Hollywood director wrong as he regains his credibility through his eventual heroics.
Nick & Knobby in the Daring Escape
Ebook Price: $3.99 USD. 2700 words. Fiction by Felix Mayerhofer and published by Fideli Publishing on July 22, 2010
(Age Level – 7-10) –Nick and Knobby who have an act where they both play the bass drum, are kidnapped in the “Big City,” and escape just in time for their successful TV debut.
Nick & Knobby Go Digital
Ebook Price: $3.99 USD. 2850 words. Fiction by Felix Mayerhofer and published by Fideli Publishing on June 21, 2010
Nick builds his own bass drums and organizes a digital bass drum band with Knobby as an integral member. The story includes a French baker whose ultimate survival depends upon the band. One of the main characters in this story is based on the author’s friend Mario Grossi, owner of MARIO’S MUSIC STORE in Lancaster, California.
Nick Meets Knobby
Ebook Price: $3.99 USD. 2500 words. Fiction by Felix Mayerhofer and published by Fideli Publishing on June 18, 2010
In this first story of a series of eight called the “Adventures of Nick & Knobby,” Nick rescues a dog who used to be part of an animal act. Nick plays the bass drum in the school band, and Knobby, his new dog, has a tail with a knob at the end that looks like a drumstick, and he plays the bass drum, too. Knobby’s former owner causes serious problems after being released from jail.
YOUNG MUSICIAN — Final Days of the Big Band Era 1948-1962
Ebook Price: $9.99 USD. 146870 words. Non-Fiction by Felix Mayerhofer and published by Fideli Publishing on April 14, 2010
Felix Mayerhofer grew up fast when he went from Juilliard School of Music in New York City to the professional “dog eat dog” world of big bands. It was there he encountered drugs, drinking, and women while traveling on the road. After a couple of years in an air force band during the Korean War, it was back on the road with more jazz groups. A fast read, filled with humor and excitement.



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Felix Mayerhofer, born in 1930 and raised in Port Chester, NY, became deeply involved in his 3rd career as a children’s author after retiring as Coordinator of Music from the Palmdale School District in Palmdale, California. He received his B.A. from the State University of New York, Potsdam, and his M.A. from Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, California. After working as a professional big band and jazz trombonist for 14 years, he became a school band teacher at the elementary, junior high, and high school level. Felix was also an elementary classroom teacher for a number of years. His… Read more

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