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 our time designing ebooks for online entrepreneurs, we’ve come across a lot of options for selling and distributing your ebooks in a way that’s easy for you and your customers.

In this article we’ll look at the 11 best options and how to sell your ebook on your website with them.

SendOwl

SendOwl homepage

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.

Sellfy

Sellfy homepage

Sellfy is an ecommerce platform that makes it quick and easy to start selling digital products. You can embed their “buy now” buttons or even entire stores within your website.

Gumroad

Gumroad homepage

Gumroad offers a basic checkout for digital goods. Their checkout page offers one-size-fits-all simplicity, multiple currencies, and DRM protection to prevent sharing of your ebooks.

Selz

Selz homepage

Selz is an ecommerce platform designed for selling any type of online product. You can sell directly on your site or create a stylish online store.

Sellwire

Sellwire homepage

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.

DPD

DPD homepage

Standing for Digital Product Delivery, it’s easy to see where DPD‘s focus lies. Simply upload your product and copy/paste their button.

Simple Goods

Simple Goods homepage

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.

E-junkie

e-junkie homepage

E-junkie is one of the oldest digital download vendors. It’s compatible with a large number of payment providers and offers checkout pages accessed via buttons or direct links.

Easy Digital Downloads

Easy Digital Downloads

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.

FetchApp

FetchApp homepage

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

Pulley App homepage

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.

Payloadz

Payloadz homepage

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.

Now You Know How To Sell Your Ebook On Your Website

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!

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