Are you looking for some places to sell your eBooks online in 2021? Well, you're in luck! In this post, we'll check out 9 amazing online selling platforms waiting for you!
One of the greatest feelings you can experience as a blogger or entrepreneur is writing and publishing your first eBook!
Who knows what beyond that for you, perhaps becoming a New York Times Bestseller on Amazon, someday? But asides from that, a successfully published eBook can mean big business too.
You feel an even greater sense of accomplishment when you eventually get to make your first sale.
If you've already experienced your first eBook sale, then you know the feeling I'm talking about, right?
It's just amazing, and it makes you want to get out there and create a few more great eBooks to sell online!
If you've just finished writing your first eBook, huge congratulations to you, really, I applaud you.
I know how much time and effort goes into creating an eBook, especially if you've done it completely by yourself, so add an extra pat on your back from me.
At present, I have just one eBook available for sale here my blog. Well, it's actually more of a workbook. But it's in digital form and therefore it's an eBook.
Over the years, I think I must have started to write around a dozen or so eBooks. However, most of them have just ended up sitting on my hard drive doing nothing or just waiting to be sent to the trash folder!
When it comes to promoting and selling eBooks online, we've never had it so good.
I guess that's why so many bloggers, entrepreneurs, and authors are doing great with their eBook writing and publishing right now.
According to The Guardian, the pandemic is driving eBook and audiobook sales up!
When it comes to online platforms, just cast your mind back to 5 or maybe 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 away your eBook on your blog or your website as an incentive was just about the simplest thing you could do.
However, we don't always want to give it away for free. You want to sell your eBook, right? You want to make some money from your eBook sales! Of course, you do.
Thankfully, today there are dozens of great platforms on the internet where you can sell your digital books and make money. And more of these marketplaces are cropping up each year!
So, without further ado, here are nine beautiful platforms you can use to host and sell your eBooks online.
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Payhip is the site that I use and highly recommend for hosting and selling eBooks.
The site comes with a host of eBook marketing features including, analytics, marketing, discount codes, affiliates, and customer management.
You can also create affiliates and encourage other bloggers and marketers to promote and sell your eBooks for you whilst earning a nice commission for themselves.
Payment is conveniently handled through PayPal or Stripe, so be aware even though there is a small charge fee, there are also the PayPal or Stripe transaction fees when selling.
Pricing wise, there are three plans to choose from if you decide to use Payhip:
Free Forever - 5% transaction fees, plus PayPal or Stripes regular transaction fee!
Plus - $29 per month, plus 2% transaction fees, and PayPal or Stripe's regular transaction fee.
Pro - $99 per month, zero transaction fees, plus PayPal or Stripe's regular transaction fee.
Another big plus point with Payhip is that they also report and pay EU VAT on your behalf. Payhip is very user-friendly, perhaps the site lacks a few advanced selling options, but it's a hassle-free platform if you're looking for something easy to use.
To date, Payhip has helped me to make over $1,500 from selling one eBook!
Recommended: You can read my in-depth review of Payhip here.
Sellfy is the second platform that I recommend to sell your eBooks. Now, I want to be completely transparent with you. I've not yet experienced selling anything on this platform; however, I am exploring it in more depth, and so far, I've been impressed with the site and what they have to offer.
With Sellfy, you can host and sell your digital downloads, such as eBooks, courses, subscriptions, and software, etc. You can also use the site to sell physical products such as your brand's merchandise using their print-on-demand feature, making this platform ideal for content creators.
Here's what you can do with Sellfy:
How much does Sellfy cost?
Monthly fees start from $19 per month paid annually ($29 per month paid monthly). There are three plans to choose from - Starter, Business, and Premium. There are no monthly charges; however, there are the transaction fees of PayPal and Stripe.
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Important note: Selz is no longer taking on new signups since they have been acquired by Amazon.
I've never used Selz to sell ebooks; however, I have purchased many titles through the platform many times in the past.
A couple of friends in my blogging community do quite well with Selz too.
Selz is much more than just a place to host and sell your eBooks on. The site provides authors with a complete eCommerce solution, plus marketing tools and resources.
Not only can you sell digital products, but also physical products on Selz.
Price wise, there are three plans to choose from: Basic, Standard, and Advanced.
Monthly fees start from just $26 per month for a Basic plan. Features and benefits include -
The company also takes 0% transaction fees; however, there are 2.9% + 30 cents for card transactions and 2% fees for using payment providers other than Selz Pay.
Fiverr is probably one of the most popular places on the web to sell any digital product or service.
The site is a great platform to launch your ebook; in fact, I've had some good sales with selling my eBooks on Fiverr in the past.
The tools and features in Fiverr are useful too, and the company is always adding new features. You get a complete dashboard for managing your customer communication, orders, and sales.
The only annoying problem I found with Fiverr is that you have to manually email deliver the eBooks yourself each time you make a sale, which sounds absurd, I know.
You also have to maintain your profile so that your gigs (listings) don't become deactivated after some time, which means logging in every few weeks or so.
The fact that digital products aren't delivered automatically when someone makes a purchase can be a huge pain as an eBook seller. You have to make sure you're able to log in at all times to deliver digital products timely.
Price-wise, there are zero fees to actually list your products or services on Fiverr: However, there is a 20% transaction fee; you get to keep the other 80%.
If you don't think that's too bad, compare that with the services of Selz and Payhip.
However, the benefit of selling your eBooks on Fiverr is that the platform is a HUGE and trusted marketplace. You're leveraging the popularity of the website to promote and sell your eBooks, hopefully, successfully too.
Even though there might be a lot of competition out there, the site gets a ton of traffic, and you have every opportunity to make a sale of your eBook.
Amazon is probably the most popular and largest place on the web for selling eBooks right now.
Now, I have never used the Amazon Marketplace to sell anything myself. I have purchased a lot of eBooks and books from Amazon, though.
This year (2021) is one of my goals to write and publish an eBook on Amazon.
I'll let you know if that actually happens towards the end of this year!
As an author, 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 massive and extremely authoritative platform, it's probably the most likely place for blog writers, authors, and entrepreneurs to want to sell their eBooks.
The site is also a great place to get real, verified sales feedback for your eBooks too. Of course, Amazon should NOT be the only place you should consider to promote and sell your eBooks.
Now again, I have had no previous experience with selling my eBooks on Feiyr.com. I'm adding the platform to this list as another option for you to explore.
On their website, the company states that they've been around since 2006, and from what I've read through my own research and on online forums, they're a great place to self-publish and distribute your eBooks on.
Registration is free, however, there is a small account activation fee, around €9.90 I think.
There is no monthly or yearly cost with Feiyr.com and you earn 80% commission on sales of your eBooks, which probably means 20% goes to the site.
Blurb is another great site where you can not only sell and distribute your eBooks but also actually create your eBooks to start with.
It's a complete eBook creation, promotion, and selling platform.
Your options are that you can sell on their own platform, the Amazon or Barnes & Noble platform, and the Apple iBooks Store.
The site has some really cool software features you can use to create and style your eBooks before promoting them and selling them to your target audience.
You can also create quality printed books and magazines using Blurb, should you wish to. So, if you already have an eBook and want to take it one step further, perhaps this service is for you.
You can learn more about the site here.
If you want to make your eBooks available on the Android platform, there's no better place to start than Google Play.
With over a billion users, you're bound to make a great impact with your eBook here.
Getting set up is pretty simple. You can signup here, upload your content, set your price, and begin promoting your eBook to the whole world.
Finally, we get to good old E-Junkie. This is where it all began for me as an eBook author many years ago now.
I really should stop calling myself an eBook author with just one eBook.
E-Junkie is the place to sell all kinds of digital downloads.
The platform keeps things very simple. They don't charge you for sales of your PDF eBooks, you only need to pay a monthly fee for hosting your eBooks.
Fees depend on how many eBooks you want to host with E-Junkie. For $5 per month, you can host and sell up to 10 digital products.
The platform offers a host of marketing tools, options, and features, including PDF stamping of your eBooks, affiliate tools, sales reports, and more.
So, that's it!
I do hope these 9 platforms will keep you busy for the time being.
It might be worth trying each one out to see which gives you the best ROI for your eBook sales.
If you're wondering if you can sell your eBooks on more than one platform, as far as I know, there's nothing to say that you can't. However, it might be worth double-checking some platform's terms and conditions pages to be 100% sure.
Don't forget that you can use these platforms, but you must also put some work into promoting your eBooks.
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 great platform that you think should be on the list above, please click here to get in touch with me and let me know about it.