You’ve done the hard part.
You’ve poured your blood, sweat, and tears into writing an ebook that provides value to your audience.
Now how do you go about selling it?
Third-party marketplaces like Amazon may make things easy, but they’re out of the question if you want to make any real money. Due to competition, prices on platforms like Amazon are driven to rock bottom.
Instead, you’ll need to sell your ebook on your own website. That will give you complete control over how much you charge and how much you make. It’s not unusual for ebooks sold directly through a website to sell for $40+, which is double what even a traditional hard copy book would sell for.
In this article we’ll look at the 11 best options and how to sell your ebook on your website with them.
One of our personal favorites, SendOwl is a robust digital shopping cart and product delivery platform. It’s clean and easy to use and features multiple shopping cart styles, payment options, and currencies.
Sellwire keeps things simple by allowing you to upload your ebook and receive a link to be used to access the shopping cart. It only works with Paypal and has no customizations, but is easy enough to be good for those just starting out.
Simple Goods allows you to setup a pop-up checkout on any website. It has no customization options and is only compatible with the Stripe payment gateway, but it’s use of a popup is a neat way to integrate a purchasing option without having the user leave the current page. This is a great option for those of you looking into how to sell an ebook on your blog or other sections of your site where content is a priority.
Easy Digital Downloads is a popular WordPress plugin that allows you to handle the hosting and selling of your ebooks within your own site, instead of a third-party vendor. This allows maximum flexibility and control, but with more work and maintenance.
One of the older entrants on this list, FetchApp offers an API that integrates with existing shopping carts or custom solutions to deliver your ebooks. Alternatively, they also offer buttons you can copy/paste for direct purchases.
Pulley App is a service of the Big Cartel online store platform. As such, it’s only integration is with Big Cartel, but it can be used separately to sell digital products with “Buy Now” buttons, though it only works with Paypal.
Despite being one of the oldest digital download vendors, the one-page website of Payloadz is a testament to their commitment to simplicity: just upload your ebooks and receive links and buttons to share for purchase.
If you’ve asked “how to sell ebooks on my website” before and been left more confused than enlightened, hopefully this article has shed some light on your myriad options.
The benefits of selling through your own website can’t be denied. You get to control the process, charge more, retain your customers’ information (so you can promote more products), and don’t have to fork over huge marketplace fees.
So don’t hesitate to get started!