7 Popular Online EBook Publishing Platforms

7 Popular Online EBook Publishing Platforms

In this series of articles, you have read about How to Write and Sell an ebook as a good source of earning passive income at home. 7 Popular Online EBook Publishing Platforms will enhance your confidence of the selling platforms available in the marketplace. These platforms are besides your own selling channels on social media or website.

Choosing an ebook publishing platforms depends on the criteria of what royalty you can make on such platforms. It also depends on its market reach and the marketing and distribution network it has. Distribution network might be of no significance when selling a low content book.

Your profitability will depend on the scheme of commission chosen on the ebook selling platform. As discussed in my earlier article Top Niches in ebook selling, one can opt for both 35% and 70% royalty rates. A 35% commission is no-frills commission rate while a 70% commission has certain conditions of allowing lending, applicability in certain geographical locations etc.

Differences in terms and conditions are found on each of these platforms. Some of them like Barnes and Nobles Press might call for fees to list your books.

Besides the selling platforms, there are platforms only for creating your ebooks. We are not discussing about such platforms in this article.

This article answers the question of where to head once you have prepared your ebook. These are the online market-place where you will find your Buyers. Hence, knowing these popular platforms becomes extremely important to know for your online business.

Where Can I Publish EBook for Free?

The 7 Popular Online EBOOK Publishing Platform where you can publish your ebook free are:
Where Can I Publish my Ebooks for Free?

1. Amazon KDP

2. Kobo Writing Life

3. Smashwords

4. Gumroad

5. Blurb

6. Payhip

7. Apple iBooks Author

Though ebook creation is free, different platforms have different commission rates and some charge a fee for distribution. Each one of the above have their own terms and conditions which is not difficult to follow on their websites.

Which is the Best Platform to Publish EBOOK?

Amazon KDP is the best platform to publish ebooks. A close second can be given to Kobo Writing Life. Both platforms are highly popular and attracts major volume of ebooks Selling.

Of all the ebook selling platforms, Amazon KDP offers an extremely convenient book creation and publishing. This is the first reason of calling it the best platform to publish ebooks.

Next advantage comes from the worldwide reach and popularity of Amazon in almost every corner of the world. This ensures a smooth distribution around the world without any restrictions. Imagine the views your ebook can generate with such a platform!

Is There a Free Way to Publish EBook?

There is definitely a free way to publish ebook. This can be done on any of the 7 Popular Online EBook Publishing Platforms listed below:

– Amazon KDP

– Kobo Writing Life

– Smashwords

– Gumroad

– Blurb

– Payhip

– Apple iBooks Author

These are not completely free to publish and would call for transaction fees for marketing and distribution. Some above ebook selling platform works on a fixed revenue with revenue sharing in addition.

However, all the above are free to join and no fees is charged unless you make a sale. You only pay out of the sales revenue generated. They can be considered free to publish in this way.

How Do I Make an EBOOK for Free?

Ebooks can be made for free using free versions on software like Canva. Both the interiors and book cover can be designed over it. There are similar free software available to create ebooks with some of them listed below:
How Do I Make an Ebook for Free?

– Canva

– EPUBee Maker

– Mobipocket

– Zoo Writer

– SCRIBA EBook Maker

These ebook creation software provide free templates to guide you for creating your ebook. Besides, there are number of features available to design covers, number the pages, insert texts and finally download your ebook for uploading on an ebook selling platform.

All these softwares come as desktop version and apps. You can create an ebook from the anytime availability of your smartphone!

How Do I Sell PDF Books Online for Free?

The PDF Books can be sold online for free over your social media channels or your website. Sales depends on the number of subscribers you already have or are able to generate. Ultimately, your book can generate sales only if it reaches your audience.

Trying to sell PDF Books for free is generally not a good idea unless you have a large following of your target market over social media or are getting good traffic to your website. The transaction fees charged by ebook selling platform covers this aspect of market reach and hence a fee is charged for this service!

However, there are success stories of making good sales over Instagram or even Whatssapp. There you will need to activate a gateway for accepting digital payment like PayPal or Razorpay specific to the country in which you are selling.

Conclusion

After creating your ebook, it is important to know where to sell. Amazon KDP tops the rank in the best ebook selling platform.

Other popular ones being,

– Kobo Writing Life

– Smashwords

– Gumroad

– Blurb

– Payhip

– Apple iBooks Author

These ebook selling platforms are completely free to join but charge a transaction fee on sales made.

Ebooks can be created completely free where the best tool is Canva. Canva is the most popular ebook creation tool among ebook creators.

Other free ebook creation software which I’d available in both desktop version and apps are,

– EPUBee Maker

– Mobipocket

– Zoo Writer

– SCRIBA EBook Maker

You can sell your PDF Books completely free on your social media channels or website if you have a good follower base. Else, choosing a popular ebook selling platform from the list above is a good idea.

In order to guide you properly, here is link to the video on How to Upload and Publish Your Book on Amazon KDP which you will find useful.

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Author: Rohit

I am Rohit- a content creator, blogger and an avid observer. My interest lies in helping people make money online. My research is based on legit ways to make money useful for students paying for tutions, retired seniors, housewives or anyone looking to build a stream of income from home.

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