Wednesday, July 04, 2018

Self-Publishing: 5 Alternatives to Kindle Direct Publishing


After you've written and edited your e-book  you'll discover huge satisfaction from publishing and selling it.

Congratulations if you've already done this, I understand the effort and time it takes to do those things, and how time consuming it can be just trying to write and produce something worth reading.


If you're looking for alternatives to KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing) here are 5 alternatives platforms to sell your e-book from.

1. Blurb

Blurb is a really great platform to both create and sell your e-books on.

Blurb allows you to sell your e-books on both Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Apple iBook Store.  It also has some pretty cool software to create and style your eBook before selling to the public.

You can sell all kinds of photograph books and magazines as well as publishing and printing paperback books.

2. Feiyr

I've never sold any of my e-books with Feiyr, but I do know that they've been around since 2006 and have a good reputation so I would definitely check them out.

Feiyr offers distribution for both musicians and writers and will sell on platforms such as Google Play, Amazon, iBookStore and Thalia.

You can register for free but you do need to pay small account activation fee of £9.90.



3. Fiverr

A popular place to sell your digital products, with some useful built-in tools and features along with an easy-to-use dashboard to manage your communication, orders and sales.

The downside with Fiverr is that you have to manually deliver your e-book after you've sold it.  You also have to log in fairly regularly to keep your profile open, to prevent deactivation of any products or services your might be selling.

The other drawback of selling eBooks is the $1 taken from each sale.  This leaves you with $4 on a $5 sale.

On the upside Fiverr.com is a huge platform with a massive audience and plenty of scope for making profit on your eBooks.

4. Selz

 I've used Selz.com in the past to give away free downloads.  A complete e-commerce solution for bloggers and website owners.

You can sell 5 items for free, but you're required to pay processing and transactions fees, 2.9% + 30 ¢.  If you want to sell more e-books they have different pricing structures to accommodate what you need.

5.  Payhip
You don't need to pay any monthly or set-up fees.  Only a 5% commission per sale + PayPal standard fee.

Conclusion

Don't just take my word for it, go and try them for yourself.  Every writer has different requirements so its worth experimenting and finding out for yourself what really works.

If you can think of any websites of experience you want to share, let me know in the comments below.


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