I am developing a couple of ebooks, but I do not have a website (nor an "paid for" ebook compiler for that matter).
I know I want to sell on eBay, I've never sold ebooks before.
Does anyone here have any wisdom to enlighten me with? Namely:
1) Should I use the PDF or the exe format? 2) If the ebooks start selling, what kind of service can I get to automate the process? 3) If I use a PDF program other than Adobe, will it effect the quality of my ebook?
Why is it that you are contemplating PDFs? If you have a few grand laying around to purchase the Adobe's software that will allow you to lock it so it can only be used by the person who purchases it, then it could be a serious consideration. The PDF files that you create with Adobe's Acrobat Pro (or any other PDF generating program) can be copied and distributed.
If you want to limit 'shared' copies, then get one of the better ebook programs--like Activ e-book. The only down side that I can find with Activ e-book is that it is not useable with MACS, but to tell you the truth about 5 in a 1,000 vistors to my sites use MAC so it really isn't any great loss from where I stand.
One of the drawbacks from selling PDFs on eBay is when someone says that they want their money back, which by eBay rules you need to refund. You have no way of knowing if they actually deleted the file from their hard drive.
This is just a taste of some of the issues that arise when selling material on eBay (or any other source on the internet.) Hope this helps.
I would agree with Storyman. Activ Ebook is a fairly cheap option and it keeps your work safer. It's really easy to use too, which helps cut down development time ;-)
I've thought about using PDF files too, but it is easy to copy them afterwards if someone wanted to. Yes, you may cut out MAC users but it's probably worth it to protect your content.
To be honest, most of the people on Bay want a real cheap deal. You might find it difficult if you want to keep the price of your ebook at a reasonable level.
Here's an idea to think about. Create a free cut-down version of your ebook, perhaps the first chapter or so. Compile it into Activ Ebook Compiler. Create a re-branding option with a few affiliate links. Perhaps you could join ClickBank as a free affiliate first. Then, sell the re-branding rights to people on eBay. It doesn't matter if you only get a few bucks for it because in the free version will be full of advertising for your full version ebook.
Why not download the trial version of Activ e-book. In the designer of the program would prefer that you download it and work with it before purchasing the program. The trial version has a few restrictions, but not enough to interfere with you getting an appreciation of how the program works and what it can do for you.
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