You know one of the biggest satisfactions you get as a blogger or entrepreneur is publishing for your first eBook.
You get even greater satisfaction when you eventually make your first sale. If you’ve experienced that already then you know the feeling I’m talking about right? It’s amazing.
If you’ve just finished writing your first eBook, very many congratulations to you, really. I know how much time and effort goes into creating an eBook, especially if you’re writing content from complete scratch yourself, so give yourself an extra pat on the back from me.
Currently I have only one eBook available for sale on my blog, though it’s not my first. Over the years I’ve created around half a dozen eBooks, many of them have just ended up on the shelf.
One I currently give away as an opt-in incentive, and one has a price tag.
These days though publishing an eBook to sell online is so easy. If you can cast your mind to 8 or 10 years ago there weren’t really many great places to sell your eBooks on the web, even though eBooks were just starting to get popular. Giving it away on your blog or website was the easiest thing to do, and it still is.
Today there are dozens of great online platforms you can use to sell your digital books on, so in this weeks’s post I want to share with you 6 of those great platforms.
If you’re ready to sell your brand new eBook and start reaping the rewards of your labour, then pay these 6 sites a visit.
Payhip is what I currently use myself to sell my eBook, The Definitive Guide To Smarter Blogging on. Payhip allows me to not only host my eBooks, but to also create promotional campaigns using their promo tools. I can also create affiliates and get others to promote and sell my eBooks.
Payment is handled through PayPal and the company takes only 5% commission on each eBook sale I make. There are no setup fees, monthly fees or even hosting fees to concern myself with. I would really recommend checking them out to sell your eBook on.
I’ve never personally used Selz to sell eBooks on, but I have purchased eBooks through them. Selz is far more than just a place to host and sell your eBooks on, because Selz provides complete ecommerce solutions for website owners and bloggers.
Again as with Payhip, there are no fixed monthly fees, bandwidth fees or hosting fees to worry about with Selz. In addition the company only takes 2% commission per transaction, even better rate than Payhip in fact.
Fiverr is probably one of the most popular places on the web to sell digital products and services online. Fiverr is a great place to sell your eBooks on, and I’ve had some reasonably good success with selling my eBooks on the platform in the past.
There are some awesome built-in tools and features in Fiverr, including a complete dashboard for managing your customer communication, orders and sales.
The only problem I find with Fiverr is that you have to manually deliver the eBook yourself when you make a sale. You also have to maintain your profile so that your gigs don’t become deactivated after some time, so that means logging in every few weeks or so to be sure.
The other pitfall with selling eBooks on Fiverr is that they take $1 per transaction, so if your eBook is priced at $5, that’s 20% commission.
The plus point however is that Fiverr is a pretty large platform, even though there might be a lot of competition out there, the site gets a lot of traffic and you have every opportunity to make a sale of your eBook.
Amazon is probably the most popular place on the web for selling eBooks right now. Now I have never used Amazon to sell anything myself, just to purchase eBooks. I do plan to create an eBook specifically to sell on Amazon in the future though.
You can earn between 35% and 70% royalty for your eBooks sold on the Amazon platform, depending on your location and pricing structure I believe.
Because Amazon is such a huge and popular platform, it’s probably the most likely place for bloggers and entrepreneurs to want to sell their eBooks on. The site is a great place to get some credible feedback for your publications too.
Now again I have had no experience with selling my eBooks on Feiyr.com. The company suggests that they’ve been around since 2006 and from what I’ve heard, it’s a great place to self-publish and distribute your eBooks on.
Registration is free but there is a small account activation fee, around €9 I think. There are no monthly or yearly cost with Feiyr.com and you earn 80% commission on sales of your eBooks.
Finally we come to Blurb. Blurb is a cool site where you can not only sell and distribute your eBooks, but also actually create your eBooks to start with.
Through Blurb you can sell on their own platform, the Amazon or Barnes & Noble platform, and the Apple iBooks Store. The site has some cool software features you can use to create and style your eBooks before selling to the masses.
You can also create quality printed books and magazines using Blurb, you can learn more about the site here.
Well I hope these six platforms will keep you busy for the time being. It might be worth trying each one out to see which gives you the the best results. I will update this post in the future when I find more great sites to add to the list.
If you happen to know of a website that you think should be added to the list above, please click here and let me know about it.
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Happy blogging and eBook writing folks, enjoy the rest of your week – Fabrizio.