Smashwords has published more than 9,000 e-books. Some well-known authors include Gary Wolfe (author of the book that inspired the movie Who Framed Roger Rabbit), Anne Frasier, Mark Sullivan, and John Buffalo Mailer (son of Norman Mailer).
For new writers, a Smashwords and iPad deal could help ignite an already hot market. Market researcher Gartner has dubbed 2010 as the year of the e-reader. The International Digital Publishing Forum reported that wholesale sales of e-books increased 124 per cent from the fourth quarter of 2008 to the second quarter of 2009.
One of the most popular apps on the iPad will be the e-reader, say analysts. And that's good news for authors, especially as more people have an e-reader in their hands. Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty forecasts iPad shipments of eight to 10 million this year, up significantly from her prior prediction of five million.
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