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5 Places to Sell Your Ebook
For the most part eBooks are dominating the reading marketplace, propelled by a variety of e-readers on which you can download apps for your favorite eBook seller. As a writer, you can take advantage of this trend by knowing where you can publish and sell your book at no cost to you. It is fast and easier than traditional publishing and some platforms do all of the advertising for you. Here are just five places to publish your eBook:
1. Kindle Direct Publishing: This one is probably the most well-known. Kindle supposedly spends more money on advertising than all of the other platforms combined. Many tablets also support Kindle so you do not need an actual Kindle to buy books. This significantly widens the market for your books. Kindle can be pretty selective on quality so make sure you have a polished product prior to publishing. Sign up for a Kindle Publisher account and go through the very intuitive publishing process. You can even design your own book cover using scores of available stock photos or your own pictures.
2. Google Play: This platform is in the number two spot because I have had similar sales on this platform, if not better, and they are not as quick to assume you've broken a poorly constructed rule before you submit evidence. Public Domain content is much easier to publish here without concern you'll lose everything you've worked for simply because someone put their work on the Public Domain and wants to make a claim against you. Google Play has streamlined their publishing process and it is ridiculously easy to publish content. You can upload a cover as well.
3. Nook Press: This is Barnes and Noble's eBook platform. It is more limited than the prior two platforms but you can still attract readers. The Nook app is available on some tablets, and I am certain you can get it on the Samsung tablets. I have yet to see a sale on this platform but I haven't yet put up any Public Domain content. If you have a book you may as well put it on Nook.
4. Kobo: This one is comparable to Nook Press. It's very easy to submit content. You can also download the Kobo Reader on any Android device. Just like with Nook Press, if you have the book written, you may as well maximize your exposure and publish it here.
5. eBay: I put this one on here because I know you can sell eBooks on it but I haven't yet done so. The great part about selling it on eBay is that you keep the full price minus 10% eBay fees and 3% Paypal fees. Essentially you will get 87% and since you're emailing the buyer the eBook in a PDF file there is no shipping cost. It does lack the convenience of not directly dealing with the buyer or having to remember to email the file to them, but you do make just a little more and it's up to you how many copies you want to sell.
There are certainly many more ways to sell your eBook but I listed the most popular ones here. If you have had success with others please comment! Also, check out my article on advertising your eBooks for free to maximize your sales on all of these platforms.