eBooks have opened up a whole new world of publishing possibilities for independent authors. Gone are the days where you need to have an agent and a connection to a major publishing company. Now, there are plenty of online platforms that can help you release your eBooks to the world without a huge investment.
So for all of you great business minds who want to share your knowledge with the world, check out these platforms to publish your business eBook on.
Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing
As one of the largest online sources for eBooks, Amazon has a large self-publishing arm with Kindle Direct Publishing. The platform allows you to publish your business eBook on the Amazon Kindle Store, which makes them available on Kindle devices and Kindle apps for iOS, Android and more. Self-publishing is free and you can earn up to 70 percent royalties on sales.
Barnes and Noble also offers no-cost self-publishing to its NOOK e-readers and BarnesAndNoble.com with NOOK Press. The platform allows you to control the price of your book, which impacts your royalty rate.
If you have a Mac computer you can download the free iBooks Author app and create your book using Apple’s library of templates and other design tools. You can then publish your business eBook and offer it for purchase or free download in the iBooks store.
To make your titles available on Android devices and Google Books, there’s the Google Play Books Partner Center. The platform allows you to upload your content, set your own prices and sell to customers around the world.
Lulu is a platform that lets you create and publish eBooks for a variety of different platforms and stores. You can create and format your own eBook for free, or hire Lulu to edit, proofread and design. You can then publish the book on Lulu’s site, but also convert it into a file that you can make available on all ereaders and tablets.
Blurb allows you to upload your eBook from Bookwright or Adobe InDesign and it will convert it to a fixed-layout eBook for $9.99. You can also convert your manuscript to a reflowable eBook from a text document. That service is free while in beta. You can then make them available on popular platforms like Apple and Amazon.
A member of the Amazon group of companies, CreateSpace offers free tools to help you design your book and get it onto the most popular distribution channels including Amazon. The site also allows you to set your pricing so you can have more control over the royalties you earn.
Smashwords allows you to publish your eBook to a variety of sources, including the Smashwords store, iBooks, Barnes & Noble, Kobo and Scribd. You can earn 85 percent on sales at Smashwords.com and 60 percent of list price on sales from the rest.
Kobo Writing Life
Kobo Writing Life prides itself on being easy to use. You start by adding details and uploading your manuscript, which it will automatically convert to an ePub file. Then you set your price and track sales directly on the website. Your title will then be available on the Kobo Ebookstore, which is a worldwide provider of eBooks.
This free tool allows you to receive an ISBN, create your eBook and sell it through partners like Amazon and Google Play. Pronoun also offers free marketing and analytics tools.
ClickBank sells eBooks and other digital product for entrepreneurs. The company charges $1 plus 7.5 percent per sale, and offers customer support, global reach in its marketplace and several other benefits.
With a publishing platform and plans that work for single book authors and multi-publication distributors, Myebook can help you create and distribute your eBook to multiple popular platforms. You can self-publish or use one of Myebook’s paid full-service offerings.
BookBaby is unique among self-publishing services in that it doesn’t take any percentage of your sales. It does offer a number of paid services including design, formatting and distribution. And you can use the platform to reach a number of popular stores like iBooks and Amazon.
For eBook authors and other sellers of digital goods, Instabuck handles all of the boring back-end stuff involved, including servers, security and payment processing. Plans range from $4.99 per month to $299 per month, depending on the amount of storage and products you need.
The popular eCommerce solution allows you to easily sell and manage orders for your eBooks. Some of the Shopify features include professionally designed store templates, order processing and analytics. Pricing starts at $29 per month, and goes up depending on features.
Payhip’s offers a simple platform for hosting your eBook and allowing your customers to buy it directly from you. Payhip processes payments using Paypal and Stripe, and delivers your eBook to customers directly, taking 5 percent of each transaction.
eBookIt is intended specifically for independent authors and small press outlets. The site offers eBook conversion, distribution and promotion starting at a $199 one-time fee. And the company works with distribution partners like Amazon, Google and Barnes & Noble.
Scribd is a membership program that offers unlimited books to its members for a flat monthly fee. The company pulls titles from a handful of publishing service providers, so you need to sign up with one to get your eBook available to subscribers.
With an online publishing platform, design tools and its own eBook marketplace, Booktango offers pretty much everything you might need to create and sell your eBooks online. You keep all of what your eBook earns from the Booktango marketplace and all of your net royalties through Booktango’s retail partners as well.
Wasteland Press is a self-publishing company that can help you get your eBook formatted and available on the most popular eBook devices, including Kindle, Nook and Apple products. There are a few different plans for the various marketplaces. But to get your eBook listed on all of them, Wasteland Press charges a $500 fee.
E-junkie charges a monthly subscription fee to sell your eBooks online, instead of taking a percentage of sales or charging fees up front. Cost depends on the number of titles you have and the amount of storage needed. The company also offers PDF stamping for security.
PaySpree offers a secure platform for storing and selling your digital products. Fees depend on the price of your products and how many you offer. PaySpree can accept payment from PayPal, AlertPay and Moneybookers.
The popular eBook marketplace periodically accepts submissions of finished eBooks to sell to its wide base of customers. eBookMall offers eBooks to customers with a wide variety of devices, and offers access to sales and analytical data to eBook authors.
Tradebit allows you to quickly upload your eBook or other digital download to make available on your homepage or storefront. For sales made on your own site, Tradebit takes 25-30 percent, and more for sales in its own marketplace.
Infinity Publishing’s Author Store offers a variety of different products and services for authors ranging from full book printing to eBook conversion. Infinity Publishing also works with distribution channels like Amazon and Barnes & Noble to get your eBook in front of buyers.
This digital delivery system works for eBooks and a variety of other digital products. PayLoadz allows you to upload your file, set your own price, and add the button or link for your product to your website or other online accounts.
Not your typical eBook marketplace, Slicebooks offers a platform for you to essentially sell sections of your eBooks or other content. So if your business books have some helpful chapters or snippets, you can use this platform to repurpose and sell just those parts for people who may not be interested in an entire eBook. Pricing starts at $9 per month.
Click2Sell is an affiliate marketing network that offers secure servers for storing your eBooks and a checkout options to help your buyers complete their purchases. You can offer your eBook on the Click2Sell marketplace and even recruit affiliates to promote your titles online.
From Reader’s Digest, LifeRich Publishing is more of a full-service book publishing solution. But they also offer electronic formats, with pricing based on the various services you require.
iUniverse offers a range of services to help you create and sell your books in physical, electronic and audio formats. The company offers everything from design help and editing to marketing your book. So prices vary based on the services you select.
While this site mainly focuses on publishing hard copy books, it also has options for eBook publishing. InstantPublisher charges a base price of $159.99 for converting your eBook and assigning it an ISBN. Then it offers a $50 yearly fee or 10 percent of your royalties to list your eBook on Amazon and iTunes.
Small Business Trends Marketplace
Last but not least is Small Business Trends’ own Marketplace. For more information, visit the Small Business Trends Marketplace today. The marketplace allows you to sign up and sell a variety of products including ebooks. Signing up for an account takes only minutes so get started selling that book now.
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