The 20 Best Places to Sell Your eBook
You’ve spent months (years?!?) writing and editing your book and now it is time to sell it to the world! But how will you do that? How will people actually be able to get their hands on your masterpiece? Fret not my friend because you actually have quite a few options.
While getting 1,000 books printed up and selling them out of the trunk of your car is certainly an option, we’re not going to discuss the hand to hand method in this post.
What we DO want to talk about are the options you have to sell your book online, in eBook format and in print on demand (POD).
I know everyone is self-publishing for her or his own reason, but no matter why you’re in the self-publishing realm, you should probably ask yourself the following questions:
- What is the easiest and most cost-efficient way to get my book ready for sale?
- Where can I sell my books?
- How much money would I like to make from selling my books?
Well, sometimes easy isn’t cost efficient, and sometimes cost efficient isn’t exactly easy. But truthfully this isn’t rocket science, so once you look through the options, you will find which solution is best for you.
Give It Away
If you are writing a novel, or a short story that may become a novel, you may want to consider allowing people to read your book for free. “Why would I want to do that??” you ask… well maybe you plan on writing more than one book, and you want to get this thing I like to call “publicity”. Giving your book away for free is GREAT publicity, but making it available on the ‘the largest community of readers and writers’ is a great platform. What is this platform I speak of? It’s called Wattpad (http://www.wattpad.com/) and it is a social network for readers and writers. Check it out.
So where can you sell your ebooks. Check out the list below. Remember, sites come and sites go. These sites were active at the time I wrote this, and I do NOT receive any compensation from any of the sites listed.
Do It For You Services
If you really don’t have the time to do it yourself, then there are do-it-for-you services available. The following companies will gladly take your manuscript and provide you with a host of services.
iUniverse – http://www.iuniverse.com/
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AuthorHouse – http://www.authorhouse.com/
AuthorHouse in addition to traditional publishing services available for use, they also offer three packages ‘Books to Bookstore’ (self-explanatory), Books to Network (they offer to obtain radio interviews for you), and Book to Hollywood (they offer to create an industry standard synopsis for you)
Major Ebook Sellers
(in alphabetical order)
Apple iBookstore – http://www.apple.com/ibooks/
Want your book on the gazillions of iPads and iPhones, then you want to have your book in the Apple iBookstore. One way to do this would be to use their app iBooks Author – http://www.apple.com/ibooks-author/ . This app is especially good for ebooks that are rich with graphics, but either way, Apply gave authors an “in” to the iStore. Otherwise, you will have have to fill out an application, and they don’t make it easy peasy to get in via their applications.
Amazon.com – https://kdp.amazon.com
We all know that Amazon is the largest online book AND ebook seller, so it should go without saying that you should seriously consider getting your book on Amazon. It is actually fairly simple to do this. Visit the Kindle Direct Publishing site and they will show you exactly how to get your book in front of the gajillion Kindle owners.
Barnes & Noble – https://www.nookpress.com/
You may be thinking “Barnes & Noble, the bricks-and-mortar bookseller?” Yeah, they have survived likely because they were actually able to adapt with their NOOK ereader/tablet. So if you want folks with NOOKS to hav access to your book, visit the site.
Copia – http://www.thecopia.com/home/index.html
While I wouldn’t really call the Copia a “major” ebook seller, you may still find an audience here. What the Copia does to separate themselves from everyone else is their app allows the reader to “write” in the margins of the ebook text and then ‘share’ with their social network.
eSentral – https://www.e-sentral.com/
Have dreams of selling your book in Malaysia? Who doesn’t!? Well, if you really do, eSentral is an ebook seller serving Southeast Asia. (And all jokes aside, this could be a HUGE market for you!)
Google Books – http://books.google.com/
Google is in every content market, so it only makes sense that they have their book division. And since their Android market is humongous, you should definitely think about getting your books in Google Books.
Kobo Writing Life – http://www.kobo.com/writinglife
As an independent author, maybe you want your book in independent bookstores. Sounds like a marriage made in heaven. But how would you go about doing that? You could drive around to every single independent bookstore in the country…OR…if you want your books to be available through participating independent booksellers, then give Kobo a look. Yeah, it’s not an “ebook” site per se, but if you want to argue with me about that be my guest.
Scribd – http://www.scribd.com/publishers
If your work of art is something other than a book, then you should definitely check out Scribd. They publish all sorts of literary works including essays, white papers, and short stories.
SliceBooks – https://slicebooks.com/
Why get the whole pie when you can just get a “slice”. SliceBooks allows readers with an option of either buying a whole book, or just “slices” of them. Why? Well, lets say you are on a plane and you know all you will really read is a couple of chapters of a book. Well, now you can just but two chapters and the world is happy.
BookBaby, the baby sister (or is it brother?) site of the hugely successful CD Baby (an online store for independent musicians). BookBaby offers a host of services for independent authors including conversion, print services, ebook cover design, webhosting, and more. In regard to your eBook they offer three ‘services’ — Free – you give them an epub file, they distribute, you get 85%; Standard ($99) – they do the converting, they distribute, you get 85%; and Premium ($249) – they convert, they distribute, you get 100%. It’s worth checking their site for the complete run down of their services.
Booktango – http://www.booktango.com/HowItWorks/
Booktango offers a myriad of services including publishing, publicity, promotional, and video priced from FREE to $359. One good (great!?) thing about Booktango is they offer you 100% of your royalties whether you sell your books on their site or on other retailers. They distribute through the big boys e-book stores, including Kindle, Nook, Kobo, and iBooks.
This is the site that I use for most of my eBooks. Smashwords is considered one of the e-book pioneers and is the largest distributors of self-published e-books. And yes, they too are a DIY operation. You can download their “Style Guide” to help you format your book. Once you have your file ready, you’ll simply upload it into their “Meatgrinder” tool, and in a matter of minutes, barring any errors, they will convert your Word file into a format for just about all of the major eBook sellers. You can then choose to have your book solely in their store or you can go “Premium” and get your eBook placed for distribution in Barnes & Noble’s eBookstore, Apple’s iBooks, Sony, Kobo, and Baker & Taylor’s Blio and others.
Print on Demand
CreateSpace – https://www.createspace.com/
Createspace is a print on demand affiliate of Amazon, which is a wonderful thing. With Createspace you have the option of selling your book on the site they provide you (in their Createspace store) and in Amazon. And who doesn’t want their physical book on Amazon.com!?
With a number of guided steps, Createspace makes it fairly simple to create your book on their site. Once done, you can order a proof of the book, set your own price, and order your book at wholesale prices. They even offer you the option of turning your physical book into an ebook and have it published via Amazon’s KDP.
Lulu – http://www.lulu.com/
When you publish a print book at Lulu — and a lot of people do — you also have the option of just publishing an e-book. Lulu e-books are distributed to Apple’s iBookstore, Lulu.com, and Barnes & Noble (Nook). LuLu is similar to Createspace in what they offer you, however the biggest difference, outside of who they distribute their ebooks through, is the choices in book covers. LuLu offers hardcovers, Createspace doesn’t.
Xlibris – http://www.xlibris.com/
Created for authors, by authors, Xlibris is a print on demand site that also offers a few packages including:
Title Pitch Publishing – They will pitch your book to 25 library systems
Poetry Publishing – Provide you with “full support” throughout the production process.
Children’s Publishing – Will help create a children’s book, including illustrations.
Christian Book Publishing – Helps you reach out to fellow Christians to tell them more about your book.
Sci-Fi Publishing – Help you publish and distribute your book with targeted marketing services
Last, but certainly not least, you can always sell your book on YOUR WEBSITE!
Ultimately you want readers to come back for more and more and more. Capturing their email address is the best way to do it, and since the 19 sites listed above probably won’t give you that information, then it’s up to you to do it on your website. You may use one or more of the above services and utilize their widgets to place on your page, but remember from other posts that all traffic should come through or at least come back to your website.
So there it is. Maybe I forgot a service or two, but this list provides you more than enough information in order to get your book from your computer into book stores both virtual and real.