It’s not easy to find a major publisher who is willing to get your novel out there but why leave your writing career in the hands of others when you can get your own ebook out there yourself. How about publishing your book in electronic form, as an eBook? You essentially produce it the same way you would a printed book, but without the paper and the printing (and the major cuts publishers take off each book sold).
Well, we’re here to give you a list of websites to start you out in your career as a published eBook author. The following are places where you can sign up to sell your books in. Most of the sites have zero sign up fees and a majority of the sale (if not all of it) will go to you. If you’re not sure on how to convert your ‘great idea’ into an ebook format, some of these services will even handle that for you.
Payhip will help you do most of the hard work: host your eBooks and securely deliver the eBooks to your customers. It will also handle payments through PayPal for you; all you have to do is upload your eBook to start selling. Once your eBook is on the site, you can promote your book anywhere (FaceBook, Twitter) with a link for your eBook page.
Lulu has a wide network of retail partners through which your eBook can reach readers, including the iBookstore and Barnes & Noble NOOK. You are even given the flexibility to set your own price. You can begin your eBook journey with their free eBook Creator Guide.
If you know eBooks, you should also know what the Kindle eReader is. Publishing here would mean your books are on the Amazon Kindle Store and at the fingertips of many eBook users. Get started here or watch a video tutorial on how to publish eBooks on Kindle Direct Publishing.
Publishing your eBook on Smashwords means it’ll be able to reach the Apple iBookstore, Barnes & Noble, Sony Reader Store, Kobo, the Diesel eBook Store, Baker & Taylor’s Blio and Axis360 and more. By registering, you’re entitled to free ISBNs and eBook conversion to 9 formats. Here is a comprehensive guide: Self-Publish an EBook with Smashwords.
With Kobo Writing Life you can reach out to millions of readers in over 170 countries. It is a do-it-yourself eBook publishing portal which makes your book available within their main catalogue, on any device. Just start out by bringing your own written materials to them in a simple Word document format and they’ll convert it into a complete eBook for you.
PubIt!, powered by Barnes & Noble, is where you can self-publish your books, ideas and content easily. It has a free conversion service to turn your work to be compatible with the NOOK, and other mobile or computing devices. You are however to pay them a slight cut off your royalty per sale since you’re able to reach a high number of readers through Barnes & Noble.
Booktango is a free service that helps you design a cover for your eBook and then helps you publish and market it. You can sell your eBook through their connection of major retailers which includes Barnes & Noble, Apple iBookstore, Kobo, Sony, Amazon, Google and Scribd.
A basic publishing package at BookBaby will cost you $99, a standard one $149, and $249 for premium services. The more you pay, the more services and support you will get like being able to personalize your eBook layout and graphic elements. However, regardless of packages you sign up for, you get to select retail partners which include Apple’s iBookstore, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Sony Reader Store, Kobo and more.
MyeBook is a free web service that allows you to create, publish and get your inspirational content for the world to read. If you have a few eBooks that you want to sell, you can promote your ‘bookstore’ through a link (myeBook.com/my/username). With PayPal integration, your payments will also be smooth and hassle free.
Blurb has an online eBook creator to get you started. Edit and design your eBook on a simulated Apple iPad display. Once you’ve finished editing the content and design, your eBook will be ready to be sold on Blurb or the Apple iBookstore.
E-Junkie offers a simpler alternative to selling eBooks – sell them in PDF format. They also offer eBook security through ‘PDF Stamping’ where the buyers name, email address and transaction ID will be ‘stamped’ on the top right corner of each page to discourage unauthorized sharing your materials.
Scribd can help you manage and promote your work, while keeping track of your sales and earnings. However, to be able to sell on the Scribd Store, you’ll require a seller account which is only available for users in the United States, Canada, Australia and United Kingdom.
If you already have your eBook ready, you can list them at eBookMall and earn a percentage off every sale. eBookMall accepts both PDF and ePub formats. However, bear in mind that if you submit your eBooks to eBookMall directly through this program, your eBooks will not have DRM.
eBooktIt takes you through the steps of converting your writing into a professional eBook to be distributed through major eBook retailers which include Amazon, Apple, Barnes & Noble, Google, Sony, Ingram, and Kobo. You have to pay a fee for the processing and conversion of your writings into proper eBook formats, which cuts down the royalty that you can make from it.
It doesn’t matter if you see yourself as a poet or a technical writer – Tradebit enables you to publish your book/content/writings within a matter of seconds. You can start selling your file on eBay or on your homepage immediately. Download the Tradebit quick start tutorial here.
ClickBank offers a unique online retail environment for digital products including eBooks. With a one-time product activation fee of $49.95, you are ready to promote your writings to more than 100,000 of ClickBank’s active affiliate marketers.
PayLoadz is a secure eCommerce service for downloadable digital goods including eBooks. Through the PayLoadz Store, your eBooks can be marketed to all PayLoadz users. The website has a reputation of tens of thousands of visitors today and is a great start to your eBook marketing campaign.
List your eBooks in PaySpree marketplace for instant exposure to thousands of potential new customers and affiliates. As a vendor you are allowed to list one product for free. If you want to add more products there is a one-time Premier account ($29 to activate) which entitles you to list an unlimited number of products for life.
You’ll be able to publish and sell eBooks online without any startup costs. Click2Sell will store your eBook on secure servers and deliver it instantly to buyers after successful payment – everything will be done automatically for you. You will receive protection against illegal file sharing by customers as Click2Sell encrypts and protects it.
With Instabuck you can sell digital products which also includes eBooks. With a premium account you’ll get more features like product development and customer support handled for you. There is also an iOS app that you can use to keep track of your sales. With support of PayPay, ClickBank and AlertPay, money is instantly paid to you.