From the Smashwords Blog:
This new capability allows our authors and publishers to upload their own professionally formatted EPUB files for sale at the Smashwords store, and for distribution to the Smashwords retail distribution network.
This first iteration of Smashwords Direct supports two methods of direct EPUB upload:
- You can replace your Smashwords-generated EPUB with your own EPUB. To do this, click to your Dashboard, then click “Upload New Version,” then upload your file.
- If you’re preparing to publish a new book not yet at Smashwords, sign in to your Smashwords account, click the regular Publish link, then fill out the publish page as you would normally, but upload your EPUB instead of a Word .doc. Later, if you wish, you can add more ebook formats to your book page by uploading a Word .doc, formatted to the Style Guide.
EPUB files uploaded through this new Smashwords Direction option must still adhere to the formatting best practices listed in the Smashwords Style Guide. Books will still be reviewed by our vetting team before shipping out to our retailers.
Link to the rest at Smashwords Blog and thanks to Antoine for the tip.
PG admits that he wasn’t particularly pleased that Smashwords would still use its Style Guide on files, but he’ll be interested to hear about indie author experiences with Epub file on Smashwords.