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7 Most Popular Platforms for Self-Publishing Your Ebook & Make Money Editions
Perhaps if you are a bloogger, novelist and/or businessman, you are considering to publish a work. It is unlikely to make or rip you a ledger in itself, but it is a mighty expansion of your company or blogs. Businessmen like Eric Ries (author of Lean Startup), Nathan Barry (CEO of ConvertKit), Tim Ferriss (4 Hour WW) have earned a living and won authoritative work.
You' ve of course been told about Amazon KDP, but what about the other? Directly to the e-book retailer: 95 percent of your purchases are made through Amazon (80%), iTunes (10%), Nook (3%), Kobo (2%)*. This platform allows you to load and share the large (see above) and small eBook merchants + directories at once.
Minor plattforms like Gumroad, Leanpub, Kickstarter and Unbound are rather unusual ways of releasing and distributing your work. A lot of writers I did research seemed to go directly to Amazon KDP + use one aggregate for all other workstations. When you sell engineering work (e.g. programming), I would suggest a plattform like Gumroad, where you can simply provide a bunch of digiftware.
However, more "traditional" titles may need more "traditional" forums. In order to help you choose where to begin, here is a summary of the 7 most common places to sale your ebook. Amazon stores account for 80% of eBook purchases in English-speaking markets. It' s no wonder Amazon's KDP is still the most favourite e-book selling site for author.
This is where you can easily exchange your books and resell them to your prospective customers. For all Kindle tracks between $2.99 and $9.99, Amazon will pay a 70% up-license. Amazon only reimburses 35% for eBooks under $2.99 and over $9.99 (license chart here). Please note: The 70% scheme is net earnings and the 35% scheme is net selling prices (so 35% could be a better rate).
With KDP Select you can sign a 90-day contract - in exchange you will receive your library in the Kindle Lending Library, where Amazon Prime members can "borrow" their library free of charge and without a due date. You can also opt for Kindle Countdown Agreements or a free promotional work.
It is also possible to create and distribute printed manuals with Createspace. While most writers will use Amazon to distribute their work, the issue is whether they should go directly to them and choose their own private programme. This can also be combined with a Gumroad or similar platforms (see below).
In order to be able to sell your Amazon book abroad, you need to set up a single authors bank details and post them on these pages: If you are outside the US but want to publish on Amazon US - do so. These are *10% of all eBook purchases.... small, yes, but the appeal of Apple makes it a tempting market.
Publication on iBooks will require iTunes Producer, which is available for a Mac only. If you don't have the necessary tools to run Mac applications on your computer, you need to do one of two things to get your book onto the plattform. You must either rent a Mac to publish it, or go to a third-party company such as Draft2Digital or Smashwords.
When you have a Mac, and the clock, go directly here; otherwise use an aggregate (see below) to get your ledgers list. Currently Kobo has only 2% of the e-book but there is a good excuse to consider this plattform - worldwide selling. Publish your data to Kobo Writing Life and have your eBook available in 190 different states.
Writers like Joanna Penn have reported good results from Kobo. Your license fees are 70% if sold between 1.99-7. Anyway, unless you are a careers author, I would suggest posting to Kobo via an aggregate rather than directly upload. It is the oldest and oldest aggregate site with a longer range than Draft2 Digital.
Founded in 2008 by writer Mark Coker, SmoShwords allows you to share your books with the many smaller eBook vendors like B&N, Baker and Taylor and libraries networked like OverDrive and Gardeners. You will be invoiced 15% of the turnover (after deduction of the dealer's costs).
Conclusion: SmartWords meets Draft2 Digital as one of the two most favourite aggregate pages. There are several pages of smash words, but to be frank, the most important ones are covered by the software like iBooks, Nook, Kobo. This is one of the Top 2 ebook summaries from Kindlepreneur Dave Chesson. Conversion and distribution via iBooks, Nook, Kobo and other small shops.
It' good if you have little spare but want your work to be available everywhere. It is a straightforward plattform designed by teenage mastermind Sahil Lavingia to bring together creator and buyer. Include your eBook purchases on your website or your online photo album. It' a favourite with performers and programmers equally for the sale of novels and electronic items, and it's especially useful if you want to resell a bundle of items that match your work, such as sound, videos, additional documentation, etc...
Used by Nathan Barry (founder of ConvertKit) to earn over $500,000 in sales of items and work. Conclusion: It is a great complement if you offer a complete package around your work. The Good Leader was the subject of a notorious kickstarter promotion for Eric Ries' second work. When you have a strain and a following, you might consider these pure crowdfounding sites:
UK's Unbound is the UK -based publishing house known for its award-winning work. Both act as long-established publishing houses with a complete staff of journalists, vendors, graphic artists and writers, but you must be active in making funds beforehand - you must demonstrate that there is a need for your work.
As well as paying a large amount for the books, your license fees are 35% (Inkshares), 50% (no frills options Quill, also part of Inkshare) and 50% (Unbound). Conclusion: Something to consider if you have an established strain that already wants its cipher.