Writing and publishing an ebook has become a stock item on a lot of solopreneurs’ to-do lists. I know, it’s on my list too. So once you’ve got your book written and formatted for sale, where do you sell it? Here’s my list of the best places to sell your ebook:
1. Your website
The obvious place! You can sell a pdf of your book directly off your website or post links to all of the ebook sites where your book is for sale. If you do sell directly, make sure you have a shopping cart or site that will deliver it automatically to your buyer.
Setting up a Kindle account to sell your book takes minutes. The book shows up on the site within a few days. Remember your book must be in Kindle’s exclusive .mobi format to be uploaded to the Kindle Store. No set up cost; Amazon takes a percentage of your sales.
B&N’s Nook store is also a popular place to sell and buy ebooks. Remember the Nook Store requires your book to be in .epub format to be uploaded here. No set up cost; B&N takes a percentage of your sales.
Clickbank has been around for several years as a site for both buying and selling products. In addition to listing your book for sale, Clickband offers your product for others to sell. Affiliate sales can add a lot to your bottom line. Check the available titles here to see if this would be a good place for you to sell your book. How-to books are especially popular. Costs: Clickbank charges a one-time activation fee of $49.95. You set the percentage you’ll pay your affiliates for selling your ebook.
E-junkie.com is similar to Clickbank in that you can offer your book for affiliate sales and create your own affiliate programs for your website. Here, you can create your own shopping cart for selling products for your website. Cost: monthly fee based on the number of products you have listed.
Smashwords is an aggregate site where you can have your ebook published, sell your book on Smashwords and also have them sell your book on many other ebook sites. NOTE: Smashwords won’t list your book on Amazon. See their site for a current list of where they do list your book and their terms for their service. No set up cost; Smashwords takes a percentage of your sales. See their terms of service for details.