Smartlinks for Smashwords
[More tools for writers from ReAnimus Press]
We at ReAnimus Press think Smashwords is great, and use it to distribute the ebooks we produce for our authors. We also think "Other books by this author" or "If you liked this then you'll also like..." promotional links inside ebooks to an author's other ebooks are helpful to the author and reader alike.
A problem arises, however, in that Apple requires links to other books point to the ibooks store—while links in an ebook a reader gets from the Smashwords site should point to ebooks on the Smashwords site. (And from B&N to B&N, Kobo to Kobo, etc.) Uh oh... A link can't point to two or more places at once... Nor does Apple allow an author to list other stores, so you can't say, "Click -here- for iBooks, -here- for Amazon", etc. The only "solution" has been not to have links to one's other books at all.
Until now: With Smartlinks, your links in a Smashwords ebook will land on the Apple ibooks sales page for that book when clicked from within ibooks— and will land on the bn.com page for that book when clicked from a Nook, Kobo from Kobo, and so on; and otherwise will go to the Smashwords sales page for that book. Problem solved!
We figured out how to do this, and wanted to share it as a free service to our fellow Smashwords authors.
It's easy to use: Simply enter the ID numbers for the various channels below. To add/update information: just enter the email/password/smashwordsID# and the new/updated other data items.