Ever wonder about all the platforms available to sell your eBook? There are many out there other than Amazon. Below is a list of some of the top internet sites where you release your eBook out into the world. There are two separate lists which do have some overlapping, but they will give you a good idea on where to go to publish and sell. The second article has links to each provider sign up and costs for publishing and selling on their website.
These services can get your eBook out to as many readers as you want to reach if you go with a few of them at the same time. Below is also a short video on seller websites to get you familiar with the top services. I hope you enjoy and use what you learn to sell more books😉
8 amazing websites to sell your eBook on
Payhip is the site that I’m currently using myself to host and sell my eBook on.
The site 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 other bloggers and marketers to promote and sell my eBooks for me, whilst they earn a commission for themselves.
Payment is conveniently handled through PayPal, and the company takes only 5% commission on each eBook sale I make.
There are no setup fees, no monthly fees, or even hosting fees to concern myself with.
Another big plus point with Payhip is that they also report and pay EU VAT on my behalf.
I would highly recommend checking them out to sell your eBook on.
I’ve never personally used Selz to sell eBooks on, however, I have purchased eBooks through them many times in the past.
A couple of friends of mine 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.
Here’s what you get –
Monthly fees start from just $17 per month for a Lite plan, and there’s also a Standard & Pro plan to choose from.
In addition, the company only takes a 2% transaction fee, as well as a small processing fee.
Fiverr is probably one of the most popular places on the web to sell any type of digital product or service.
The site is a great platform to launch your eBook on, in fact, I’ve had some good sales with selling my eBooks on Fiverr in the past.
The built-in tools and features in Fiverr are useful too. 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.
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.
The fact that your digital products aren’t delivered automatically when someone makes a purchase can be a huge pain in the backside as an eBook seller.
The other pitfall I found with selling eBooks on Fiverr is that they take $1 per transaction, so if your eBook is priced at $5, that’s a whopping 20% commission.
If you don’t think that’s too bad, compare that with services like Selz and Payhip.
The benefit of selling your eBooks on Fiverr, however, is that the platform is a pretty large place. You’re leveraging the popularity of the website to promote and sell your eBooks.
Amazon is probably the most popular 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.
One of my goals in 2018, is in fact, to write and sell an eBook on Amazon.
I’ll let you know if that actually happens!
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 popular platform, it’s probably the most likely place for blog writers, authors, and entrepreneurs to want to sell their eBooks on.
The site is also a great place to get real verified sales feedback for your eBooks too.
Now again, I have had no experience with selling my eBooks on Feiyr.com. I’m adding the platform to this list as another option for you.
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 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 a cool site where you can not only sell and distribute your eBooks on 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 it and selling it to your target audience.
You can also create quality printed books and magazines using Blurb, should you wish to. 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 50 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.
E-Junkie is the place to sell 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.
The platform offers a host of marketing tools, options, and features, including PDF stamping of your eBooks, affiliate tools, sales reports, and more.
I do hope these 8 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 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.
18 Websites to Sell and Publish Your eBooks
By Karrar Haider
“If you are good at something, never do it for free” is the most famous dialogue from movie The Dark Knight – and something I completely believe in. If you’re an expert in a certain area, then there is no harm in sharing your knowledge to earn money. And in today’s internet-prone world, one great way to do so is to write and sell an ebook.
All you need is to make sure you produce quality stuff and then think of a reasonable selling price for it. The former part is completely up to you, however, for the latter part, there are many online services that can assist you well.
In this article, I’ve pulled a list of 20 websites that can help you host and sell your ebook, along with handling the troublesome transaction process. Some even let you keep 90-100% of the sales price. So, let’s take a look.
Payhip is an e-commerce website that offers you to sell any type of downloadable digital material, including ebooks. You create a customizable sales page on Payhip for free and it gives you the tools to sell your product, such as discount coupons, share buttons, affiliate program and flexible pricing options. Payhip will simply keep 5% of all the sales you make – simple right?
You can easily publish your ebooks on the biggest online store Amazon for free. Of course, you will get a huge exposure on Amazon and you get to keep up to 70% of the total sales price.
Blurb gives you reliable tools to create that perfect ebook. You can create reflowable ebooks or fixed layout ebooks and blurb will automatically format the book for you in your choice format. You can sell the books to different markets, including Blurb, Amazon, and Apple iBooks Store.
Lulu offers a complete guide on creating perfectly formatted ebooks and then convert them into EPUB or PDF format. If you can’t do it yourself, then Lulu also offers personal service of doing it for you for a tiny fee. Your ebooks can be sold on different publishers with each offering their own royalty.
Tradebit is very similar to Payhip as it lets you create a sales page and then helps you sell your ebooks (or any other downloadable material). You can use an affiliate program, set custom price, take advantage of social media integration and sell ebooks on popular markets such as eBay.
Barnes & Noble offers this self-publishing tool to write and publish your ebook. NOOK Press offers all the tools for free to create and publish your ebooks. The created ebook will be published to millions of NOOK and Barnes & Noble readers. You can check NOOK Press FAQ page for all the details.
A really easy to use self-publishing platform, Kobo lets you publish your ebook in 5 simple steps. Your books will be published on Kobo website for millions of readers. Kobo charges no fee for creating and publishing ebooks, but it does keep a commission on the sales.
Smashwords gives you huge visibility by publishing your work over multiple distributors, including Kobo Barnes & Noble, OverDrive, and Smashwords. There is no fee in the publishing process and you get free tools to protect and format your ebooks. You will get 80% royalty on sales from Smashwords and 60% on other distributors.
Scribd is a paid reading service that hosts ebooks and other similar content that members can read with a subscription. When the readers will read your ebook, you will be paid as it was sold to them. However, you can only sign up for Scribd using its affiliate companies, including Smashwords, BookBaby, and Draft2Digital, etc.
Payspree hosts your digital downloadable content and gives you multiple ways to attract customers. You can take advantage of affiliates, social media and dime sales to empower sales. Payspree lets you list only one item for free. You will have to pay $1-2 per product or a lifetime membership fee of $29.
PayLoads also offers great tools to host your ebooks and sell them online. You will get encrypted download page, shareable buttons, ebooks listed in eBay auctions and affiliate program. PayLoads costs $19.95/month with a 2.9% to 4.9% fee on each sale.
Another comprehensive service to host your ebooks and it does all the hard work of selling them for you. You can create a sales page for your ebooks and use power tools like multiple payments support, affiliate programs, protected storage, discount offers, manage inventory, create packages, Google Analytics and more. E-Junkie charges fixed monthly payment based on your needs.
Feiyr is a paid promotion service for ebooks and music. You can upload your ebook to Feiyr and it will be made available to be sold on over 165 different online stores. Just pay a one-time fee of € 9.90 and start publishing, and you will get to keep 90% of the sales price.
Selz offers highly customizable packages to create your own sales store and sell products. With the free account, you can list 5 items and access tools like widgets, fraud protection, and analytics tools, etc. Paid membership starting from $12.99 gives the ability to list unlimited items and customize the page according to your liking.
A very flexible platform to setup your online shop, Gumroad lets you personalize your store to your liking and gives you amazing selling opportunities. You can create subscriptions, memberships, direct sales, provide extra benefits, give discounts on actions, customizable DRM and more. And all of this comes with a $10 monthly fee and just 3.5% fee on each sale.
Booktango is a free service that won’t even charge a fee on transactions. You can upload and sell ebooks and keep 100% of the earnings. Although if you use their custom covers, you’ll have to pay a certain price. Booktango sells the ebooks on its store and other retailers.
Clickbank has a really strong affiliate network of 500,000 marketers that will surely boost your sales. It is also a product selling website like others and gives you the ability to create custom forms, subscriptions, fraud protection and much more. You can either keep 50% as royalty or pay $49.95 as a one-time fee for your store and pay 7.5% fee on transactions.
BookBaby is quite an expensive service in this list, however, it offers amazing quality and lets you keep 100% of the sales. From writing, formatting, and designing to distributing and completing sales, everything will be handled by BookBaby for a price of $149/ebook. Their experts will work side by side to create your perfect ebook using advanced tools and then distribute it to different retailers including BookBaby itself.
For $29/month you can access all of Shopify tools to create a fully functional online store. You don’t need any coding skills, it is really easy to use and gives you templates and themes to quickly create a perfect online store. If you do have coding skills, then Shopify gives complete freedom to control HTML and CSS. It also offers multiple opportunities to promote your ebooks, including distributing them over different stores.
Time to monetize your ebooks
I will recommend you to start with Payhip if you are new to selling ebooks. It charges less fee on a transaction and doesn’t come with any risks. Although, if you are a professional ebook seller, then BookBaby can really up your game.
I should also mention that all these ebook selling website offer DRM protection for your books and some can even add customer name/information on each page of the ebook.