Last year, we discussed the number one reason why writers today choose self-publishing over and over again—CONTROL. Via self-publishing, writers control book titles, book covers, book content (story and words), publishing, copyrights, and promotion.
But we also have to sell our e-books. To do this, we primarily turn to Direct Sale Vendors.
Direct Sale Vendors sell e-books for a percentage of the sale. Who are the top three Direct Sale Vendors?
- Amazon’s Kindle Direct Platform
- Barnes & Noble’s Nook Press Platform
- Apple’s iTunes Connect Platform
By setting up an account with each of these Direct Sale Vendors, our e-books can be found on all three of these platforms.
So how does a buyer find our e-books?
It’s quick and easy… Search, Buy and Sync.
For example, while a buyer uses his device (for instance, the iPad), he searches the respective application (the iBook app) for our story. Once he finds our title, he can simply purchase the e-book, loading it directly to his device.
There’s also the less direct way… say a reader is sitting at home in front of his or her computer. By shopping the Barnes & Noble or Amazon website, he or she can still buy our books to load directly onto their reading device of choice. Of course, sometimes the e-books don’t load immediately to the e-reader without some sort of action on the buyer’s part. This usually requires a USB connection cord, specific to the reader, and a little drag and drop action.
Either way, it’s still a simple process for the buyer to buy and sync the e-books with his or her device.
However, Direct Sale Vendors aren’t the only way to go…
Come back next week when we discuss another way for self-published authors to maximize their distribution and revenue.
In the meantime, check out our Getting Started with Direct Sale Vendors series…