Draft2Digital and Smashwords Merge March 1

For indie publishers, especially those who are publishing primarily ebooks, the big news of February was the announced merger of Draft2Digital and Smashwords.

The acquisition unites two pioneers in ebook publishing and distribution platforms. Both also provide print-on-demand services. Under the Draft2Digital name, the company will be headquartered in Oklahoma City. Kris Austin, co-founder and CEO of Draft2Digital, will lead the combined company as CEO. Mark Coker, founder and former CEO of Smashwords, will join the Draft2Digital management team as Chief Strategy Officer and board member.

The acquisition is expected to close on March 1, 2022. To minimize workflow disruption for authors, publishers, and sales partners, Draft2Digital promises changes “in gradual and incremental steps.”

As the new company ramps up, Draft2Digital says that they are looking for more employees. Currently job openings are listed for OK, TX, KS, CO, CA, or WA. Check the company’s website for more information at draft2digital.com/careers.

A Q&A with Draft2Digital’s Kris Austin and Smashwords’ founder Mark Coker about how the merger will work.