"Welcome to my annual Smashwords year in review.
2011 was another strong year for Smashwords and our authors.
We're ending the year with over 92,000 titles published, up from 28,800 at the end of last year.
In my 2010 year in review post, 75,000 was my stretch goal for this year, so we beat it by a good margin.
Smashwords today supports over 34,000 authors and small publishers around the world, up from 12,000 a year ago.
I launched Smashwords four years ago with a crazy idea to change the way books were published, marketed and sold. I believed authors should have the freedom to publish directly to their readers without the interference of publishing gatekeepers. My ideas were not unique. The great Dan Poynter has been evangelizing the virtues of self-publishing for over 30 years..."
The rest of the story here: http://blog.smashwords.com/2011/12/smashwords-year-in-review-2011.html