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Everyone has passions and areas of expertise. Whether it’s business coaching, fitness, fashion, or writing, there are people out there who value your knowledge and want to learn more.

One of the most effective ways to turn your passions into a business and monetize your skills is by selling ebooks.

Creating your own ebook is surprisingly simple, and this article will walk you through the essential steps as you learn how to sell ebooks.

8 Steps to Creating and Selling Ebooks on Your Website

1. Create Your Ebook

2. Format Your Ebook

3. Proofreading

4. Get a Cover that Sells Your Ebook

5. Convert Your Ebook

6. Add Your Ebook to a Website

7. Promote Your Ebook

8. Keep Track of Your Sales

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Read on for a comprehensive guide to creating ebooks and selling eBooks online. Learning how to sell ebooks is simple with Selz, the Ecommerce platform for growing businesses and we're here to help you get started selling eBooks and grow your business over time. Selling ebooks doesn't have to be a hassle.
There’s never been a better time to self-publish and sell ebooks online.

Big publishing houses are losing steam, and self-publishing is rising to the top. In fact, more than a million books were self-published according to the latest 2018 research.

Note: While you can absolutely sell your ebooks on a marketplace like Amazon, there are serious upsides to selling your work directly from your own site.

Selling ebooks direct gives you the greatest control, independence, and percentage of sales. It also helps to build your authority and engagement with your audience and create that all-important email list of people who want to hear more from you.

Want to learn more about the benefits of selling direct? Check out this eye-opening article by author Laura Powers.

Publishing an ebook can be both daunting and exciting, so we’ve put together a guide to creating and selling an ebook on your site.

1. Create Your Ebook

This will likely be the most challenging and most rewarding part of your journey.

Decide on your topic

Think about what you’re passionate about and what content would help your target audience. You also need an original edge. The best ebooks share a personal story or experiences. Why? A personal story is engaging, builds authority, and creates empathy with the reader.

Tip: a great way to gauge what your audience responds to is to look at which of your blog posts and social media updates currently get the most comments or shares.

Before finalizing your topic, do some research on the existing market. Look at potential competitors already selling ebooks in similar categories on Amazon or their own site.

Consider ways in which your story and unique perspective can help you to stand out. Get creative.

“To be known, you don’t have to be a subject matter expert. But you must have the determination and patience to become one. A professional is simply an amateur who didn’t quit.” –Mark Schaefer

Come up with a killer title

When selling ebooks, the title can be a game changer. Be specific.

Ramsey, from Blog Tyrant, talks about a successful post he wrote called “How I sold a Blog for $20,000 in 8 months” that could have easily been called the less interesting “How to Sell a Blog”.

Joanna Penn, of The Creative Penn, had a similar experience. When she switched the title of her book from “How To Enjoy Your Job” to “Career Change” sales suddenly took off.

Try some of these handy tools collected by Kindlepreneur Dave Chesson to help generate your very own killer title, or check out this post on crafting a title for your first ebook.

Write your ebook

The key to selling ebooks is to write simply and clearly. People will buy your ebook because they want to learn how to do something. Start with the desired result (teaching an idea, skill, or process) and then work backward.

Create a structure and then organize your writing around it. Remember that you don’t have to write your whole ebook in one sitting.

Some of the world’s most respected authors write a little bit each day. Set yourself deadlines and focus on one chapter at a time – you can find more tips on cultivating an ebook workflow here.

Overcoming writer’s block

At some stage, this is going to happen. You’ll sit down to write, your brain will go blank, and you’ll have no idea what to do next. There are two ways to get unstuck that work for me.

Think about who you are writing for. Is it someone you know? How old are they? What do they do for a living? Think of your ebook as a challenge or an escape for that person.

Another way to get back to writing is to set an end goal for word count or the number of pages for your book. This will ebb and flow as you write, but aim for 250-300 words per page. An ebook is usually at around 35 pages or 11,000 words.

Extra reading:

Here are a few of our favorite free tools for increasing writing productivity:

2. Format Your Ebook

One key to selling ebooks is readability. Make it easy to digest the information you’re putting forward by keeping your formatting consistent and using a sans-serif font like Ariel or Verdana at size 11 or 12.

Less is more here, so don’t go overboard on your formatting. Stick to a simple color scheme. Try to maintain two or three types of headers and use lots of short paragraphs and lists.

Use great images

When we hear information, we’re likely to remember only about 10% of what was said three days later. Pair that information with a relevant image, however, and retention rate over the same period jumps to 65%. (Source)

Feeling creative? Enjoy photography? It’s absolutely possible to take your own photos with your smartphone or a DSLR camera. If you’re like me, though, and don’t trust your photography skills, you can buy them from an image library.

Make sure to pay attention to the license on each image. There are also a ton of sites offering free images that don’t require attribution- check out Gratisography, Unsplash, PicJumbo or DeathToStockPhoto.

This simple guide explains how to avoid common formatting mistakes. Formatting is essential for readability, so you’ll want to ensure that you’ve got this step down when selling ebooks online.

3. Proofreading

Before getting another set of eyes on your ebook, check for spelling mistakes and do a round of editing on your own. Remember that fixing minor errors can distract your proofreader from bigger tasks, like checking how well you’ve communicated your ideas.

Reading aloud is a fantastic way to catch things that you might otherwise miss. Your brain automatically fills in gaps, corrects typos, and ignores incorrect words. You’ll also get a better sense of the flow of longer sections.

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Extra reading:

So you’ve poured in your blood, sweat, and tears and have a finished draft. Don’t make the mistake of giving it to your romantic partner or mom for edits. Find an objective outside party that isn’t overly concerned about hurting your feelings. Don’t be offended if they suggest deleting paragraphs of your book.

Remember: simplicity and clarity are what matter here.

4. Get a Cover that Sells Your Ebook

Prospective buyers will judge your ebook by its cover. It may be cliché, but it’s a fact. Check out this example of an attention-grabbing book cover:  eBook cover. Selling eBooks is simple with Selz the Ecommerce platform for growing business, we're here to help you learn how to sell ebooks and get started selling eBooks to grow your business over time. Selling ebooks doesn't have to be a hassle. Creating ebooks is fun, and so is designing book covers

A good book cover suggests professionalism and gives customers a sense that work has gone into the product. Look at book covers in a similar niche to yours to get some ideas. Here are a few elements of a good ebook cover:

  • Make the title a different color than the background
  • Set your title in a large, easy to read font
  • Visual elements should be 300 dpi
  • Beware of copyright – don’t use images or design elements that you don’t have permission to use
  • Use good images – avoid cheap standard stock photography

Unless you are proficient in graphic design, I would suggest finding someone to create the ebook cover for you. You could try a service like ebook launch (whose professional ebook covers start from $99), or you could try a freelance designer on Fiverr, where prices start at $5. Remember: once you start selling ebooks, you’ll be able to quickly recoup these costs.

If you really want to give it a go yourself, I’d recommend a tool such as Canva’s Free Online Book Cover Maker, or Adobe Spark’s Book Cover Maker (also free).

You may want to draft a short description of your ebook at this stage in the process. Your book description copy is a teaser that entices readers to buy your ebook. Creating a great headline is like writing a best-selling product description. It shares the benefit of your product, so think about what you want your ebook to deliver to your readers!

Extra reading:

5. Convert Your Ebook

Correctly formatting your digital product is vital for selling ebooks online. For Amazon Kindle, the file format is MOBI. For other readers, the universal ebook format is ePub, which is accepted by Barnes & Noble, Apple iBookstore, and Kobo. EPub is also a good option for selling it directly from your own store.

If convenient for your readers, you can also sell your ebook in PDF format. When you are selling from your own store you can easily have all three formats available for the customer to choose between.

If you choose to do the conversion yourself, check out this good introduction by Kobo books on Converting a Word or OpenOffice Document to Epub format PDF.

Alternately, you can pay someone on Fiverr to do the formatting it for you.

6. Add Your Ebook to a Website

Now it’s time to create a website and add your ebooks.

Using the streamlined tools of the Selz store builder, upload your ebook with an image of the front cover, add a description, set the price, and then add the product to your new store.

This video shows how to start selling ebooks using Selz:

Selz provides a lot of useful features for selling ebooks from your website:

  • Quick set up with powerful features
  • Instant and automatic delivery
  • Secure, expiring download links
  • Upload ePub, MOBI, PDF files
  • Customizable buy button, widgets, and the ability to embed an online store
  • Securely processes credit card and PayPal payments without any changes to your site
  • A quick checkout for your customers to use without having to leave your site
  • PDF stamping to personalize each copy with your buyer’s name
  • Download to Kindle or Dropbox option for customers
  • Customers receive an automated order confirmation with a link to the ebook
  • Integrates with AWeber and MailChimp, making building a customer email list easy

Sign up for your free 14-day trial yourself to start selling from your website with Selz.

7. Promote Your Ebook

It’s time to tell the world about your new ebook. Prepare to dedicate serious time to your marketing both before and after your ebook launch. Build a buzz within your audience and use that to drive sales.

Many writers think that traditionally published authors have it easy when it comes to marketing, but that isn’t the case. Another benefit to self-publishing is that you have complete control over the way you market and sell ebooks.

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One way to do this is to do ten to twenty guest posts for sites that your niche read. You can find these readers by looking at popular keywords for your niche. You can also look at other authors in your niche on Google and see what blogs are most popular for them.

This isn’t for the purpose of SEO links, but to generate interest. You don’t have to directly mention your ebook, but the subject of the post should relate to the subject of your book. The aim is to get someone interested enough to land on your website and to then consider buying your book.

Consider giving away some copies to bloggers in your niche and request that they share it with their network if they enjoy it. Don’t bombard people with requests for reviews or shares without getting to know them first.

Try some live streaming to create a buzz around your work. Use visual content channels like Instagram, YouTube, and Pinterest to get traction with your audience, and of course, don’t forget your email list as an invaluable resource.

Check out this excellent source of practical tips on how to promote your eBook on social media by the awesome Peg Fitzpatrick. Another great source of tips is how to make your eBook a runaway success by Mary Jaksch and Jim Kukral.

8. Keep Track of Your Sales

This isn’t as hard as you might think. If you’re using Selz to sell your ebook, you can log into your account and see how many sales you’ve made and where they are coming from on your Analytics Dashboard.

Tracking eBook sales via Selz. How to create an eBook. Selling eBooks is simple with Selz the Ecommerce platform for growing business, we're here to help you learn how to sell ebooks and get started selling eBooks to grow your business over time. Selling eBooks doesn't have to be a hassle.
Want to dig more into the numbers? You can learn about the Analytics Dashboard here. For more in-depth analysis, you can also connect your Selz store to Google Analytics.

Wrapping up

Creating your own ebook absolutely takes work, but it’s also a really rewarding way to explore your passions and share your expertise, not to mention increase your passive income. Ready to get started? Sign up for your free 14-day trial of Selz and start building your online store today.

This post was originally published in February 2018 and has been updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.

About the author

Jo Gifford

Jo Gifford

A widely read contributor to Huffington Post, Selz, Regus, Prowess, YFS Magazine and many more interwebz rabbit holes, Jo is a respected UK voice on life as a pocket-sized enterprise owner.

Jo’s background – a seasoned blogger, copywriter, podcaster, and graphic designer with an MA and research interest in creative thinking for small business – makes for an eclectic and colourful killer content approach.

155 comments

  1. Alex

    Great post! In order to sell ebooks or anything online You have to know your website performance, I found a great online free tool for estimating website traffic and performance here
    just try it.

  2. Andrew

    I’d like to use selz on my own website, this is possible correct?

    1. Kristen Runvik Selz

      Kristen

      Hey Andrew, sure thing! You can use our free store or you can embed the products you add to your store to your own website, too :)

  3. Kirshan

    Fantastic blog with some really in depth posts. I am really happy I found you.

    I am going to stop back for sure and ask questions about selling a blog.

    Thanks.

    KR

    1. Kristen Runvik Selz

      Kristen

      Thanks, Kirshan!

  4. paulette

    GREAT Info….thanks!!

  5. Aadi

    I want to know that how selz will send me money I want it in bitcoins.
    which type of document I have to provide.
    what is the payment gateway I want a screenshot of it. plz mail me with all details thanx

    1. Kristen Runvik Selz

      Kristen

      Hey Aadi, thanks for your comment. We currently only pay directly into bank accounts and into PayPal accounts. Interesting ideas about bitcoins, though, and we’ll pass it onto our product manager for the future.

    2. Joan

      Learning a ton from these neat arsiclet.

  6. Kunal

    Hey! How much money we earn annually by selling ebooks

    1. Kristen Runvik Selz

      Kristen

      Hey Kunal, thanks for your comment! The amount you make selling ebooks depends on many factors, including the quality, length, and value of your book. Sales are also dependent on your marketing strategy. Selz is ideal for sellers with an already existing audience as Selz is not a marketplace. That being said, you definitely can make money selling ebooks as we have countless sellers selling them as their side business and even as part of their online business strategy as a whole.

  7. Ansari

    thanks for share this information

  8. Gregorio Pette

    Hello Kristen, I am glad at first sight of your services and I’d like to know how you are remunerated for them, after the free trial period.

    I’d like to launch an e-book I made, starting several months ago, following my passion for natural products and medicine. Since I didn’t like to have my buyers going through the commercializing methods suggested by the Academy where I learned the process: passing for up-sales, down-sales etc. that annoy me a lot, I was looking for alternative methods!

    I made a website with the title of the book (not yet online) but I preferred to have some more experience and I launched two other websites, advertising them on Google and Bing adwords.

    Now I’d like to move forward with my e-book and I am learning some basics of advertising through Facebook; which I sense is the best way for me.

    I’ll appreciate your information and suggestions at your earliest convenience.

    Best regards
    Gregorio

    1. Kristen Runvik Selz

      Kristen

      Hi Gregorio, thanks for stopping by! Every new Selz account gets 14 days to try out all our features for free. After that, a seller can choose one of our paid plans.

  9. Veronica

    Hello,

    If I want customer to buy ebook for let’s say $10.00 but I want them to receive a pdf, ePub, and Mobi file as part of the upload, can Selz do that?

    Or, does the customer just get one file?

    Do you have any options that would allow customer to pay one price but access all three digital versions?

    I’m really excited about this program!!

    1. Kristen Runvik Selz

      Kristen

      Hey Veronica, thanks for checking in! What files you provide to your customers is up to you. With Selz, you would create a new digital product listing and add your files. In this case, you could add a PDF, EPUB, and mobi file so the customer can choose which file type they would prefer. If you would prefer to only provide, say, a mobi file, you would simply only upload that file type. You can choose any price you wish for your products when selling on Selz :)

  10. Luke Smith

    This sounds fun about getting your stories sold online. Stuff, like having a cool cover, and getting it to an eBook format, is good, but to have a great story that people want to read. I have heard of books that started on people’s websites and then became very popular.

    1. Kristen Runvik Selz

      Kristen

      Hey Luke, having a compelling story that people want to read is definitely key to making sales online. Of course, we can talk about online marketing strategies until our faces turn blue, but if the actual content isn’t interesting, making sales is a lot harder, that’s for sure.

  11. R. James

    I understand if I market my eBook via Apple, Barnes/Noble, etc that the book is protected from copying and passing on to others. Through Selz is that also true even if we distribute from our own website. How is the protection provided?

    1. Nelda

      You’re a real deep thnrkei. Thanks for sharing.

  12. Daniel

    Hi
    I would like to know how do you manage to sell ebooks online and not have them published for free by people who already bought them, that would really hurt the sales because after that anyone would be able to read it without having to buy it.

    1. Kristen Runvik Selz

      Kristen

      Hi Daniel, thanks for your comment. There are certainly risks to selling products, especially ebooks, online. While we believe the majority of consumers would gladly pay for a product, the reality is that not all people behave the same way. When a customer downloads an ebook to their computer, the ebook file becomes like any other file on their computer that they can email to someone else. You can read more about how to secure your ebook files here: https://help.selz.com/article/100-selling-ebooks

      1. Daniel

        thanks for your reply

  13. Suril Pandya

    This is very good idea to sell our books online by converting them into an ebook. They will easily available for readers also they can carry ebooks anywhere easily.

  14. Stephen Walker

    Hi Kirsten,

    Selz looks to be just the solution I have been looking for.

    I was intrigued that you mention Ramsey from Blog Tyrant as he is a blogger I follow.

    Love the Selz features especially the integrated mail solution possibilities.

  15. Hee Ganee

    Can you help me how to make money from selling ebooks on amazon.com step by step? How to make an ebook? How to promote it? How and how, etc? I’m a newbie and not good in english! Thanks very much!

  16. Janel

    Hi, I’m getting ready to sell my ebook {finally}. Can I add a button or link to my newsletter so my audience can buy directly from there?
    Also, do you work with or support Constant Contact?

    1. Kristen Runvik Selz

      Kristen

      Hi Janel, thanks for your comment :) Congrats on selling your ebook – exciting! You can definitely add a link in your newsletter that directs customers over to your ebook for sale.

  17. Kester

    Great/informative article.
    Thank you Kristen

    1. Kristen Runvik Selz

      Kristen

      Cheers Kester!

      1. Jessie

        I’m not easily imesspred. . . but that’s impressing me! :)

      2. Selz

        Kristen DeCosta

        Thanks for your kind words, Jessie!

  18. Elswick

    What an informative read. Im hooked.

  19. Harihar Mahapatra

    If I sell PDF book, then that PDF will be distributed by anybody in Internet for free. Meaning nobody will buy my ebook. How to sell eBook?

    1. Selz

      Molly Corless

      Hi Harihar, If you’re selling your eBook using Selz, you can set a price on your eBook so that people pay to download it. We also have PDF stamping to prevent illegal distribution, which you can read about here: https://help.selz.com/article/102-protecting-files

      Thanks,

      Molly

  20. Eleanor Francisco

    Should have to pay when i sign up?if yes, just pay one time only? if no.all i can say is thank you ! it’s a big help for me to get start up.but i don’t have my own web site .Do you need a credit card here ? i ask because i don’t have any credit card to used.I want answer to all my question before i sign up .Thank you so much for this opportunity that you offer to me. GOD bless!

    1. Selz

      Kristen DeCosta

      Hey Eleanor, Good question! Please reach out to help@selz.com and we can give you a better answer there :)

  21. Nestor Paul

    Very Helpful… Thumbs up!

    1. Selz

      Kristen DeCosta

      So glad you found it helpful, thanks for reading!

  22. Venkat

    Great post! Just wondering, could anyone share an example of a well-formatted e-book that’s easy to do yet professional? Would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

    1. Selz

      Kristen DeCosta

      Hi Venkat! Thank you for your comment! We have another amazing e-book series coming out very soon and it will contain tons of information that should help you! Stay tuned :)

      1. Cayden

        There’s a terrific amount of knlewodge in this article!

    1. Selz

      Kristen DeCosta

      I am so glad you found this helpful, Vathani!

  23. Tina

    The video makes it all look so easy. Does it cost anything to do this? How much or what percentage does Selz get for this?

    1. Selz

      Kristen DeCosta

      Hi Tina!

      It really is that simple, that’s what we’re all about here at Selz: seriously, simple selling! We have a few different plans you can choose from when you sign up for Selz, you can see the price points here: https://selz.com/pricing! When you do sign up, you get a free 14-day trial so you can test us out and see how we can help your business grow. If you have any more specific questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at help@selz.com so our customer support can help you get your store up and running!

  24. Paul

    Great Info Here, this is what I had been looking for, selz got it. Thump Up. I will sign up asap.
    Moreover, if I sign up as customer, can I still become an affiliate? Because I Love Business.

    1. Selz

      Molly Corless

      Hey Paul, When you sign up as a customer, you can also get started as an affiliate! Thanks – Molly

  25. Chinedu

    Great advice…thanks for sharing

    1. Selz

      Kristen DeCosta

      Thank you for reading, Chinedu! I’m so glad you found this helpful.

  26. online book download pdf

    Remarkable! Its truly awesome paragraph, I have got much clear idea on the topic
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    1. Selz

      Kristen DeCosta

      Wow, that is so great to hear! That’s exactly what we are hoping for with these articles!

  27. Victor

    Good one thanks for sharing

    1. Selz

      Kristen DeCosta

      Thanks for your comment, Victor. I am glad you found this helpful!

  28. Darlington

    Hi
    I am really a novice of this area, still in sec sch. But engaged in wapka site explouring, with mobile device. But am talented in writing stories. Now the problem is: How do i now create this e-book at first? Am really confused. Please i need help urgently will be glad to be replied sooner.

    1. Selz

      Kristen DeCosta

      Hi Darlington, thanks for your comment!
      I hope this helps!

  29. Anushavan Manukyan

    I wrote a book “Healing Cancer” and I wont to sell it in the internet by your help. Pleas tell me how to do it. Thank you.

    1. Selz

      Kristen DeCosta

      Thanks for your comment, Anushavan! FounderU is a great resource to help you get started selling online! I think a lot of these articles will be helpful to you! If you need any help getting set up on Selz, feel free to email our customer success team at help@selz.com.

  30. Dippy

    Can I sell with a local currency different from the dollar? That is, if my buyer wants to use a card that is not in dollars? Thanks

    1. Selz

      Kristen DeCosta

      Hi Dippy! You can sell with a local currency different from the dollar. You can simply change the currency on the item. If the buyer is using a card that is not USD, the necessary forex rates apply. If you need more assistance or guidance, feel free to reach out to our customer success team directly by emailing help@selz.com!

  31. Saragsyan

    Which languages do you support?

  32. Nitin Ravale

    Truly awesome tips to sell your eBook. I am planning to start a “Interview Job Tips” blog which can sell eBooks related to job tips and ways to increase your ctc and few others. Thanks a lot.

    1. Selz

      Kristen DeCosta

      Thanks for your comment, Nitin! I am so glad you found this blog helpful :) -Kristen at Selz

  33. Ray pancho

    I dont have a website and i dont know how to make one. Can i still create my own ebook?

    1. Selz

      Kristen DeCosta

      Hi Ray, that’s a great question! You can absolutely still create your own ebook. You can sell this ebook from a Selz estore. Our store editor makes it super simple to create a great site without needing to know any difficult coding! Also, our customer success team can help step you through creating your store and selling your new ebook! Hope this helps :)

      Kristen from Selz

  34. Care

    Thank your for this! Is selz a good idea for free Ebooks? I am releasing a free Ebook soon and then my other books will be paid books.

    1. Selz

      Kristen DeCosta

      Hi Care! I am so glad you enjoyed this post! Selz is great for both paid and free ebooks! With Selz, you can set the price to whatever you would like, including free. With the free option, your product will be listed as “Free” and buyers can quickly download the product! I hope this information helps. Feel free to reach out to our customer support experts by emailing help@selz.com or live chatting them in our platform! They are available 24/7 and help you get set up!

  35. Stephens

    Thanks so much for this platform. Please can someone from Nigeria also use this platform and get paid through the local banks in Nigeria .Furthermore what are the criteria to get started .
    Thanks

    1. Selz

      Kristen DeCosta

      Hi Stephens, thanks for commenting!

      Kristen from Selz

  36. Peter Jr. Dedeles

    If I have finished products in the form of e-books, how can I use selz to promote and sell my finished e-books?

    1. Selz

      Kristen DeCosta

      Hi Peter! Great question. With Selz, you can sell your ebooks from your existing website or create a complete store! We just released brand new themes to make your store look fantastic. If you need help getting set up, our Customer Success team is available 24/7 via live chat in the platform or by email at help@selz.com!

  37. Brain Moore

    Online market is the best place to sell eBooks and with some good efforts you can make your business on the right path.

    Nice tips …
    Thank you for sharing the post..

    1. Hanna Whirty

      Thank you for the comment Brain, we’re happy to hear that.

  38. anil kumar parey

    i would like to lounch my book . i have seen everything you have writen , how can i get mony from e book , this is my first lonch, i dont know anything, about e book,

    1. Selz

      Kristen DeCosta

      Hi Anil! What an exciting time for you. You can sell your ebooks with Selz. Simply go to our homepage here, sign up and get started. Our customer success team will be there in live-chat to get you selling that ebook in no time!

  39. Kaleel Seraje

    Useful info.. thank you

    1. Selz

      Kristen DeCosta

      Thank you for reading and commenting, Kaleel! I am so glad this was helpful to you.

  40. Brandi Turner

    Question: When someone purchases an eBook and it is downloaded, can they keep downloading it to multiple devices or send it to other people?

    1. Hanna Whirty

      Hi Brandi, great question!

      Essentially it is up to the seller – we offer license keys where the seller can set up their ebook to only be authorized to one user; however, the seller can also make the download authorized to anyone with a limitless # of downloads.

      If you have any more questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

      Thanks for reading!

  41. Adam Barton

    I couldn’t resist commenting. Perfectly written!

    1. Selz

      Bryce Patterson

      Thanks, Adam! So glad you’re enjoying our content.

  42. eken h9 hd action camera

    You really make it appear so easy with your presentation however I find this topic to be actually something that I feel I’d by no means understand. It sort of feels too complicated and very vast for me. I am having a look forward for your next put up, I’ll try to get the hold of it!

  43. Eden

    I was so engrossed in reading this copy, I didn’t realize why I started reading it at all, until ‘step 6’. Yes, I lol’d.

    This is exactly how an ebook should be written. Start with your subject matter and stay the course. What I mean is, don’t jump around, like telling tales or adding money issues, then going back to original subject.

    I tend to get lost reading like that. My opinion is most people like to read cohesively.

    Was there a error? Sure, but it didn’t matter. The content is great, written clearly for various education levels, and is in sequence, not scattered.

    Thanks Jo.

    1. Selz

      Bryce Patterson

      Great to hear you enjoyed this post! Thanks for checking us out!

  44. Harold

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  49. Sandeep

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      At this point, Selz doesn’t directly connect to Weebly, but that feature is coming, and it’s probably possible to figure out a work-around. We strongly recommend WordPress in this situation.
      Hope this helps! Best of luck getting started!

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  54. Severino Aquino

    I am a pastor and want to convert all my messages into ebook so I can sell it online for low cost. Is it possible to do this? Thanks

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      Bryce Patterson

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  58. kevin

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      Bryce Patterson

      Hey Kevin- Selz could be a good option for what you’re looking for. You can connect to your Weebly site and Paypal, and the free plan would work well if you are only selling a few items. Hope this helps!

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      Tara Storozynsky

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  61. prathu

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      Hi Prathu, thanks for your comment! Selz makes it easy to build a custom store, or add buy buttons and widgets to a pre-existing blog or site. Check out this helpful store builder article. It will tell you a little bit about the Selz online store builders features and what you can achieve. Selz also offers 24/7 customer support, including a free set-up session with an expert, to ensure that you’re set up for success. We wish you all the best of luck, and thanks for checking out FounderU!

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      Tara Storozynsky

      Hi Prathu, thanks for your comment! You can email support@selz.com if you have any further questions. Thanks for reading, and best of luck!

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      Tara Storozynsky

      Hi there, Deepanshu! You’re absolutely right. Reach out the authors of ebooks you want to feature, figure out the compensation and distribution terms that work for both of you, and be sure get it in writing before adding any ebooks which are not your intellectual property to your site. Thank you for your comment, and for checking out FounderU!

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      Tara Storozynsky

      Great question, Ahriez, and a very common concern. Selz actually minimizes this issue with PDF stamping and download limits, which you can read more about here. Thanks for checking out FounderU!

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