Sell my EbookSelling my Ebook
Ebooks Direct Selling: How to Setup a Easy E-Bookstore
The new Gumroad makes it a little bit simpler to sell e-books directly to your readership. If you sell directly, you can make much more than 70%. In addition, I can now directly service international customers (such as those in the Amazon premium zone) and those who cannot buy from the big retail outlets (e.g. Barnes & Noble only service the US, and Amazon does not service much of Asia, most of the Middle East and almost all of Africa).
This also gives me the opportunity to open an affiliate only to make a buy for those who don't like it, and an option for them if there are tech issues on their favorite site (as recently with Kobo and Smashwords). After all, it allows me (of course only with the explicit consent of the readers) to collect the e-mail address of my reader, to get payed faster than any other merchant and to do things that I otherwise can't do as simply as e.g. e-book collections or additional file types for those who own several machines.
However, there are disadvantages in the case of live sale. They have to face clients if something goes awry (your CPU breaks down, their cards are debited with the incorrect amount, their files are damaged or not arriving, or they just can't find out anything, etc.). There are also some who fear that the sale of products directly to the main retail outlets could water down their turnover (and thus their ranking), which would cost them the decisive amount of exposure on the best-seller index.
When I cannibalise my sale on Smashwords or Barnes & Noble, I don't mind. Right now it seems like I'm bringing them most of the clients who buy my book anyway, so it's natural for the reader to buy directly and do more per sale.
So as for Amazon, I can't see my straight forward sells cut into this shop too much. Most of my sells there are buyers that Amazon is bringing to me, so I wouldn't be able to redirect them if I wanted. Cybalize some of my overseas sells (especially those in the slam zone), but I only get 35% for those anyway, so I'm pretty lucky to do that.
Furthermore, I think most group faculty go on to buy from their choice merchant, this is fitting an decision making for the number who may poverty to buy directly. There is no information to support this up, but my intuition is that this will increase my overall revenues instead of just shifting them from one split to another, as greater distribution range usually means higher outcomes.
There are a number of ways to sell your own book. They can have their own shop with all the clocks and pipes build - which will accept payment via PayPal and Visa, charge value added tax and tax, carry out orders and often get assistance. But there is also a level-headed hack-up front and as such will most likely only be suitable for those who sell in large quantities, or for those who can program such a site themselves, or get a buddy to do it for free.
Please be aware that you cannot create a basket on a free WordPress.com blogs (but you can create a user-defined, payed WordPress.org blog). Because I wanted to post the shop on my blogs (my website gets little attention and needs a re-design before I can do anything with it), I didn't research this overly.
They can sell by PayPal manual. It is the most labor-intensive, since you have to send the data by e-mail after receipt of your payments. The PayPal is a favourite (and trustworthy) method of paying, and it is unlikely that this low-tech approach will stumble in the event of technical issues. At the same time, you keep a very high proportion of your sales prices.
Didn't sell enough traffic to warrant the up-front costs of a customized website. Briefly, you load a data set (any data set) to Gumroad and they give you a downlaod-line. Clients click on the hyperlink, are redirected to a safe external provider, close the deal and get their files (more details).
To see how everything works, click on one of the buttons in my shop (and if you really want to try it out by purchasing something, work away) and you can view the full conditions of use on their website. The Gumroad charges 5% of the cost of the files plus a US$0.30 per month transactional fees.
That means I get $0.65 for $0.99 99 volumes, and as much as $3.49 for my $3.99 tracks (and I also have $7. for example, there is no PayPal options for clients (but you get thus payed at the end of each monthly once you have made over $10).
The PayPal is a very common (and trustworthy) method of paying; many people do not want to dug out their cards for a shopping trip. It only took a few hrs to lay out the shop the first way. The second way took the whole Saturday - but a great deal of work was done to bring beautiful PDF files of my book directly to the shop with a new backmaster.
There was a base release that ran on Saturday and made a few sells, and then a few more on Sunday when the new release went online (until I ran in some Snafus). And I must say, it's a very good sensation to sell your own book through your own shop.
Eventually I rerouted a domainname I purchased some while ago - ArribaArribaBooks.com - to point directly to the shop. Up-to-date: Thanks to the good folks of Village Books, Malahide (my hometown) for the top of the rank.