Just tried out D2D, Direct2Digital, and I must say, I'm impressed.
The setup is simple, it automates nearly everything imaginable for newbies, and for us old-timers, it accepts formatted books with nary a hickup. For someone who's stuggled with lulu, and smashwords for years, wrestling over nick-picky issues which continually crop up, this is wonderfully simple.
As many of you know, I pull out all the bells and whistles in my books, using graphics for chapter titles, chapter headers and section breaks, as well as the occasion Section breaks (distinct groups of chapters, including full-page graphics and epigraphs). Again, it handled all of those without a hiccup.
For those new to publishing, D2D handles all the front and back matter word for you. You simply upload your chapters, and it adds most of the administrative details for you, including notifying readers to new books, preview, Other Books by the author, etc.
Unfortunately, D2D has no direct sales site, and the distribution centers it uses are nearly identical to those used by SW and close to lulu.com's. However, SW, once an independent publisher powerhouse, has drastically fallen off in sales in years, so if this offers the same services without the many headaches the other sites include, I'm in. For the sales side, I can always direct readers to SW site while distributing my books via D2D.
As an added bonus, they also have a very simple link to the FindawayVoices audio book services, for anyone interested in creating audio books. I've been interested in audiobooks.com for years, but they want you to commit to them upfront, with no guestimates about what that might cost. On D2D/Findaway, it's simple and straightforward. True, it'll cost money to create the audio books, and they charge a $45 fee, but at least I know what I'm signing up for before I sign on the dotted line. (I'll let you know later how the audio service turns out.)
Their Books2Read service also links all your different sales sites and affiliate codes in one place, so readers can find all of your stores in one place (they don't support lulu.com at the moment, unfortunately, since lulu has never asked to participate, but they do include both Amazon and smashwords).
If anyone is interested, check out https://www.draft2digital.com/vincentberg. That will take you directly to the site, and also supply me with a small 'referral commission' for the next year (similar to the affiliate service on Amazon, SW and others).
After years of struggling with various sites, it's a relief to encounter one that's a snap to set-up, and which offers the full range of services and formatting the other sites offer with little of the pitfalls that often accompany them.