How to sell your ebooks on eBooks.com

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eBooks.com markets your works into every country in the world, plus the International Space Station

It’s easy to sell your ebooks on eBooks.com.

Self-published author or small publisher

eBooks.com has relationships with thousands of publishers, representing over a million authors. Additionally we partner with specialist aggregators and distributors who supply ebooks published by smaller publishers and self-published authors. We’re a small company and these relationships with specialist distributors enable us to offer the broadest range of titles, without creating a monstrous workload at our end.

If you’re a small publisher with less that 31 titles to distribute, or a self-published author, you just need to sign up with a platform like Ingram Spark, Lulu Press or iUniverse.

Lulu
iUniverse

These companies have highly regarded platforms for ebook distribution, and provide help and advice. They distribute titles written by thousands of independent publishers and self-published authors via multiple sales channels, including eBooks.com.

Once your book is published on one of these platforms, it will automatically be available to the customers of eBooks.com.

Larger publishers

If you:

  • are in the business of publishing books written by people other than yourself, and
  • have 30 or more titles to distribute now,

please contact us, and we’ll get right back to you.

Can I upload my audiobooks?

Sorry, no. eBooks.com only deals in ebooks.

Author Q&A

(Updated 19 August 2019)

eBooks.com is a retailer, not a publisher or wholesaler. As a retailer, our engagement with authors is minimal, as most of what’s relevant to you is dealt with by, or with, your publisher.

eBooks.com doesn’t have an author-direct style self-publishing service. Instead, we rely on firms like Lulu, Ingram Spark and iUniverse. They manage relationships with their authors and, in turn, deliver a steady flow of ebooks to retailers like eBooks.com.

We then offer your ebook(s) to our customers. When we make a sale, we pay the publisher the list price, minus a pre-agreed discount. (That discount makes up the gross profit that we, the retailer, earn from the sale.) The amount of the discount has been negotiated and agreed between us (retailer) and the publisher. The same trade discount applies to all the titles we receive from a given publisher. The publisher will then remit to you from the money we pay them.

Editing, cover design and ISBNs are typically managed by your publisher. Alternatively, you might manage these things yourself and deliver a finished “bundle” to your publisher. But they’re not things we, as a retailer, get involved in.

If an ISBN has been allotted by another company can this ISBN apply, or would it only apply to that company’s sales?

We accept and catalogue ISBNs as they are delivered by publishers. It is possible for the same work to have several ISBNs issued by the same publisher, or by different publishers. When we sell an ebook, we remit to the publisher who supplied it to us, according to its ISBN. So if it happens that we are provided the same work by two different publishers (under two different ISBNs), we pay the publisher whose version we sold.

Our system can’t accept a duplicate ISBN. That means that, if your book is released by a publisher or distributor under a particular ISBN, the system will reject an upload from another publisher that has the same ISBN.

Do you have a time limit on distribution or is it as the author wants?

In other words do you require a contract regarding minimum time or can the book be withdrawn at authors discretion ?

This is between you and your publisher. We don’t impose time limits.

What incentives regarding advertising do you supply and at what costs?

We don’t offer advertising incentives to publishers or authors.

Having had one unpleasant experience what assurances that all sales will be shown to the author?

For us to under-report sales would be serious breach of the agreement between eBooks.com and the publisher. We’ve been an eBook retailer longer than anyone, and we have never knowingly under-reported sales.

Can a sale from your Company be cancelled or deleted and, if so, is the author also penalised by the removal of the royalty paid.

We sometimes need to refund a purchase, but the number is few. They’re mostly people who couldn’t get the ebook to work because of outdated hardware or a faulty ebook file, or they thought they were buying a printed book. In those instances when we refund a consumer, the publisher is not paid for the original sale. When it comes to refunds, no-one benefits.

1 COMMENT

  1. I have had year-long experience with agents and publishers resulting in my belief that my writing was crap.
    A friend told me about Amazon having the largest slush-pile in the world so, I thought, why not join them!
    I have uploaded, up to now, sixty-three e-books and three dozen paperbacks there after listening to Ray Bradbury giving advice to beginner authors on Youtube.
    I’ve uploaded 46 of my books at Xinxii.de, and, I’ve sold up to date, 46 of them, one of my best sellers there is ‘Borg. The Emergence.’
    On Amazon too, and typically the reader wrote ‘I found this gem by accident.’ Wow!
    I am not rich money-wise, I still have my (part-time- mother of two tiny ones) job taking care of mentally handicapped children in the local kindergarten.
    As for Audio books, they are for people who don’t know how to or cannot read.
    When I read I hear voices, I see pictures, I laugh, I cringe, I cry.
    Painting pictures with words is my second love, my first is my family.
    Thank you.
    Ellen Elizabeth Dudley (Psuedonym).

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