Business Idea -Selling Public Domain ebooks
Why start a public domain ebook selling business?
The profit margin is 100% -Apart from the initial outlay…, they cost nothing to send to a customer. public domain ebooks can be sent automatically to a customer upon receipt of payment, which means less work for you, better customer service and you can earn money while you sleep. Public domain ebooksare one of the biggest sellers today…The internet is growing day by day…, so the potential for having millions of customers view your productsis increasing more and more by the minute, especially on eBay. And best of all, the public domain ebooks will cost you absolutely nothing as they are all available on the internet to download for FREE….Where can you sell. The whole world is your storefront… Therefore, you can sell to anyone, anywhere without having to pay for postage and packaging…Customers in Japan will receive their products as quickly as a customer in the UK.
In current society today, the “IT” or “IN” thing… is the word DIGITAL…Ten years ago, people preferred a physical or hard copy of the information they wanted. This meant higher costs and less profit… along with more time consumption, more storage space, physical packaging and basically, a load of hassles and many headaches… Today, more and more people find it appropriate to accept and purchase the information they want in digital form… Before You Start In order to get started you need the following:
• An Amazon account-Most of you already have an Amazon account, but if you don’t… sign up using the link below… Part of this business model requires selling on Amazon… For the UK register at www.amazon.co.uk. You will need some web space and a domain If you don’t have one click on the link : www.hostgator.com. If you are starting up you may not need to signup to a web hosting company just yet, but as your business progresses further, you should consider getting a website to expand your business venture. There are several companies that offer great signup deals… but I recommend using HostGator . They Host Unlimited Domains on 1 Hosting Account… but you can shop around for one that suits you. On the other hand, in the beginning, you can use a free host. www.000webhost.com/618577.html . They don’t display any ads and have a great pricing plan for hosting.
Most public domain ebooks come in a epub format… EPUB is an e-book file format that has the “epub” filename extension. EPUB files can be read using complying software on devices such as smartphones, tablets, computers, or e-readers. EPUB is a technical standard published by the International Digital Publishing Forum. Most people use an e-reader for reading the ebooks and its most probably a Kindle, which means it can be a pain to use public domain e-book formats like EPUB. Calibre is a free, open-source e-book manager that lets users convert EPUB files to Kindle-readable MOBI files. Please see my pdf file entitled
‘How to convert EPUB files to Kindle-readable MOBI files’
You will also need to send this file to your customers if they don’t know how to do this but most customers will already know how to convert the files. Now you are ready to get started…Keep Reading … Starting Your Business The next few steps give you the details on how to get your business up and running.
Step 1: Setting up your own eBook Store
One of the easiest ways to sell public domain ebooks is to work through a third-party site like Amazon. You may have ordered products, even books, from Amazon in the past. But this is a whole different side to this massive ecommerce site. If you already have an Amazon store, that’s great… but I bet you don’t use it to its full potential! Now, to be honest, Amazon stores don’t make a huge amount of money directly… but they do allow you to make a lot of money indirectly.
i.e. the big benefit to working through Amazon, even though they charge you a commission on your sales, is their reach. Around 89 million people are said to be active ebook readers. That’s your potential audience, all those people visiting this site and browsing for a new book. It could be your book they find when doing a search on a related keyword. While you may not make as much money as you would selling direct on your own site, you’ll have the opportunity to reach an audience who you wouldn’t otherwise have access to. The process to selling your ebook on Kindle is straightforward.
You sign up, then upload your ebook. They take care of converting it to their proprietary format. You’ll will then need to: Write a great description that will compel customers to buy the book. Generate keywords that make your book searchable in the Kindle store. Set the price for your book. It usually takes Amazon about 24-48 hours to post your book in the store once you hit publish. You can be making money in no time! Then you’re ready to sell and grow your business through Amazon.com. So the reason I have put setting up your own eBook store as step 1 is because:
• Amazon stores make money and they allow you to make even more money…
• Amazon stores give you good insight on running a business… because they start slow and gradually build up… versus being thrown into the deep end, sort of speaking…
• Amazon stores allow you to start an eBook business cheaply and very quickly…Once you have an Amazon store, you will able to do two things…One is sell public domain ebooks, and two is direct customers to your website… You can make around £30,000+a year… just from selling public domain ebooks on Amazon. However… You can make twice that amount, just by directing customers to your website… Now… you may be thinking, why don’t I skip straight to a website…and make the big bucks right now… Amazon gets your item viewed by millions of people for as little as 0.99p, whereas it would cost you thousands to get your website viewed by 1/100th of that many people… So you need the Amazon store to drive traffic to your website…
Step 2: Setting up your eBook website
By now your Amazon store should be up and running… The next step is to set up an eBook website… And for this, you are going to need your web hosting space… Again I suggest using the following company HostGator …They have plans for hosting Unlimited Domains under on Hosting Account… This means… as you develop your online business… you may want to have multiple websites…And you can host all of them from the same account, which is a great deal. If you prefer a free web hosting account, you can click on the link below… But keep in mind that there will be some limitations for free hosting services… I still suggest that you sign up for them, since you can use their hosting space for many other things as well… http://www.000webhost.com/618577.html
I do not expect that you will be able to make your own eBook website… not right away… But I cannot hold your hand forever either… I have given you 50000+ public domain ebooks so you should have enough to get you going for now, you can sell these public domain ebooks on your Amazon store and on your own website. I have also given you another file which lists loads of other public domain websites to get ebooks from. So, in summary, which of these options should you go with? I recommend doing both. Get your Amazon ebook store up and running and think of that as a traffic source… a way for new people to find you; and you get to make profits from the sales of the ebook. Use your Amazon public domain ebooks to drive people back to your website and get them onto your email list. Once you have them on your email list you can follow up with them and sell them additional public domain ebooks from your own site, at a higher price point. Use the best of both worlds!
Step 3 -Create a Cover for Your Book
For the 50000+ ebooks I have given you, you can search google for the covers or just go to Project Gutenberg and you should be able to get the ebook cover from there.If you want to create your own you can if you’re handy with design on the computer. You can create 3D covers then from FREE websites like below. https://www.adazing.com/cover-mocks/https://diybookcovers.com/3Dmockups/
Step 4 -Marketing Your Public domain ebooks
Usually people don’t actively market or promote the vast majority of the public domain ebooks they have. But, as an ebook seller, you’re going to relish having this control over your marketing and sales strategy. With all the options available, you should have no problem finding a way to get your book title(s) out into the world and grab the attention of potential readers. I recommend a multichannel approach —approach the marketing from several different angles. One definite channel is social media. Leverage your Facebook page, Twitter, LinkedIn contacts, and more to get the word out. When the book is published, post it on Facebook with a link back to your website with more information and a way to order, for example. But it’s not enough to send out one announcement. You have to build buzz around your public domain ebooks. Encourage people to tell friends about your public domain ebooks and spread the word. Post content related to your public domain ebooks. You should also promote your book on a blog, get active in forums related to the topic your book is about and tell people about it, and if you have an email list, be sure to promote it there too. The key is to be proactive with your marketing efforts to continually generate buzz and interest for your public domain ebooks. Also, if you’re selling your public domain ebooks on Amazon you can do paid ads directly on Amazon to promote your books to a highly targeted audience based on keyword searches and specific products (like related books).
Step 5 -How to Sell More Books
One of the best things you can do when you publish a public domain book is to differentiate your book from others in the store with the same title.Amazon encourages this by requiringyou add value to set your book apart from the rest.If someone already has a free version of your book in the store, you can’t charge for it unless you have some type of added value attached.There are several ways you can add value:
Add a biography of the author.
Additional research into the history of the book.
FAQ’s. How Much Can You Earn?
How much can you earn selling public domain books?
Well, that depends on you! Your earnings will depend on several factors: The titles you choose-some will be more popular than others. The number of books you have for sale. The more titles you have available, the more you will sell overall. How much you promote each book. Overall, you can make anywhere from £1500-£3000 per month on up to thousands depending on the factors above. There are even some people who make a full time living this way! How difficult is it to Get Started? Getting started with public domain publishing is not extremely hard. However, the process of finding a good title and setting everything up can be a little technical. But if you’re used to using a computer, you should be able to get the job done and start making money! Just like anything, the more times you do it, the easier it gets!
So in Summary -Taking the Next Step to Selling Public domain ebooks Online So now you understand why selling public domain public domain ebooks can be such a money-maker, it’s time to get started. It’s a low-cost, low-risk business opportunity that has a huge upside!