Technological advances have allowed for people to do even more reading on the go by the use of eBooks. These kinds of books are purchased on the internet and are read on the computer or on some form of eReader. As eReader devices such as the Amazon Kindle and the Nook become more and more popular, people are beginning to purchase their books online rather than in a bookstore. Instead of having a bookshelf of books, people can now keep hundreds of books on one device. Authors are aware of this growing demand for eBooks and are releasing eBook forms of their novels. If you are interested in making money selling eBooks, here are a few options to choose from.
Sell on Lulu.com
Lulu is a self-publishing site where you can sell soft cover and hardcover books, music, calendars, cookbooks, and eBooks. They have some wonderful opportunities for authors who would like to sell eBooks. The first step is to choose whether you’d like to sell just on Lulu or everywhere. “Everywhere” includes popular retail channels that are affiliated with Lulu. One of the most popular retail channels is the iBookstore, brought to you by Apple. In order to sell eBooks in the iBookstore, your book must be reviewed by both Lulu and Apple.
The next step is to type in your ISBN for you eBook. If you do not already have one, Lulu will give you a free one. You can also choose to not obtain an ISBN for your book. If you choose this option, your book will not be distributed to retail channels that require an ISBN.
Once you have chosen your ISBN option, you can upload your document. Lulu accepts many document forms, including PDF, word documents, and picture files. In most cases, you cannot make changes to your document, so make sure it is formatted how you want it before you upload.
Once you are ready to publish your eBook, you can set up the price you want it to be. The base price is the revenue that Lulu will receive, so you must mark up the book to make money from it. You can mark up the book to any price you would like. Once you are ready to start making money selling eBooks, you can put a “Buy Now” button on your website and start promoting.
Sell on Amazon
Selling eBooks on Amazon is a really easy thing to do. Amazon eBooks are designed to be read on the Amazon Kindle, which is a very popular eReader. If you already have an Amazon account, you are already a step ahead in beginning your eBook selling process. If you don’t have an account, you will need to create one. Have your document formatted properly before you upload it to Amazon. Once it is uploaded, you cannot change the content, graphics, or placement.
You can upload as many eBooks as you would like. If you have multiple eBooks and are looking to start a little Amazon Kindle store, then this is a great option for you. If you have a personal website for your eBooks, you can include a “Buy Now” button on your website that will direct traffic to the Amazon Kindle store.
Sell on Your Website
If you already get a lot of traffic to your website, you could sell your eBooks directly from your site. You will need a web host that allows you to sell digital downloads. If your current web host does not have this option, try downloading digital download software to install on your website. You can then upload a PDF to the software and have customers purchase your eBooks from there.
There is also the option to use PayPal Digital Downloads. On aplusdownloads.com, you can purchase this service to sell your eBooks on your website. Using this service, you can place a “Buy Now” button on your website for each eBook you want to sell and the money goes straight to your PayPal account.
Making money selling eBooks is much easier than many people think. There are tons of options you can choose from that will open your books to a large audience and really get your book out there. Self-publishing sites like Lulu and Amazon are available to get you started with the process of selling eBooks, but make sure you do some promotion. If no one knows about your eBooks, they won’t know that it is available to buy.