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Top Online Sources to Self Publish and Sell Your Ebook.

Updated on July 2, 2013

Today the number of options out there to self publish seem endless, and quite frankly the task of sorting through them a bit daunting. So maybe you have already made the choice to sell your work in e-book form, but are wondering where you will submit them? What file types will you need? How much of your profit will you actually get to keep? Which avenues sell the most books?

Let's start by thinking about what gadgets people are using the most. It seems like a huge percentage of the population has a smart phone, e-reader, or tablet of some kind. Based on that the following list will cover the most common avenues those users flock to in order to purchase their e-reading collection:

1. iBookstore

Sales Fee/ Special Terms: Yes

ISBN Needed: Recommended but not required

Copyright Required: Yes

Bank Account/Tax Info: Yes

Pros: This source allows your books to be sold to iphone, ipad, and ipod touch users.With over 400 million downloads in the past 2.5 years, this is a great place to have your work sold. You can also create Touch Books with their free software iBooks Author.

Cons: There are a few hoops to jump through, but well worth the process if you can get your book to sell to Apple users.To submit your file to the standard Apple submission requirements you have to either work from their software, iBooks Author (currently available only for Macs) or can hire an iBooks Aggregator ( a serivice that converts your files for a fee). A rough outline of the process includes:

  • Application- Yes, an application. The application provides a detailed list of information you need before moving past the application process.
  • File formatting via iBooks Author software or an Aggregator
  • Submission
  • Apple Review of your submission

They have a great FAQ's page that can be viewed here .

2. Google Play

Sales Fee/ Special Terms: Yes

ISBN Needed: Recommended but not required

Copyright Proof Required: Yes, via your confirmation

Bank Account/Tax Info: Yes

Pros: Uploading your books to Google Play with gain you exposure to all android and PC tablet users (and that is a lot of potential sales!). If you already have an existing Google Mail account this is an easy sign up. Uploading instructions are fairly straight forward and there is an option to ship your book to Google and have them format it for you.

Cons: Sales fees and profit percentages are not disclosed before creating an account, so you'll have to dive further into the application process in order to sort through their specific policies.

Their FAQ's page can be located here.

The sign up start page is located under the Google Books site.

3. Amazon (through Create Space)

Sales Fee/ Special Terms: Yes

ISBN Needed: Recommended but not required

Copyright Proof Required: Yes, via your confirmation

Bank Account/Tax Info: Yes

Pros: The option to sell to Kindle owners everywhere, as well as through print, audio, and video mediums. If you need a little help preparing your book, there are for fee services available at your fingertips.

Cons: Depending on your preference, the fees for sales are a bit higher than some of the other options listed here. Be sure to do your homework though, the potential exposure may be worth it.

Get started by clicking here.

4. Lulu

Sales Fee/ Special Terms: Yes

ISBN Needed: Recommended but not required

Copyright Proof Required: Yes, via your confirmation

Bank Account/Tax Info: Yes

Pros: Going through this vendor can land you 80-90% of your royalty sales. It is possible to get your book sold through multiple vendors through Lulu, including the iBookstore detailed previously and via Nook Books, Barnes and Nobles' reading tablet. It is free to sign up and they have options to sell a printed version of your book. There are some great instructionals on their site that can be explored by clicking here.

Cons: Like many of the self publishing sites, there is a fee for selling through Lulu calculated through retaining a percentage of your sales.


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      5 years ago from India

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