If you open your web browser and go to Google -- At the top of the page is a menu bar with a list of Google services. At the far right is a link to "more"
If you click "more" you will see a list and in the list is a link for "Books" -- This service is referred to as Google Books.
The Google Books service is a special library of books from all over the world yada yada yada.. Readers can search Google Books by content, subject, author etc. and they get a list of books that match their search. Most importantly - books in the search list can have an authors URL link back to a point of sale.
To cut to the chase... You, as an author, can join Google Books as a "Partner"-- It's free... and submit your eBooks to their library. Google will "eventually" (they say it takes about two months -- because of the backlog) enter your material into their system.
Once your PDF "book" is in the Google system -- readers who search through Google looking for books with your information will be able to read short excerpts from your book and "as a Partner" you can have a link back to your web site where the reader can buy your eBook if they want. (Google pays for this service by placing ads on a readers search page).
This seems to be a perfect distribution method for PDF eBooks. Google will list your PDF ebook in it's catalog (somewhat like Amazon) and readers looking for your content will be linked back to your sales page. All you need to do is join Google Books as a "Partner" -- It's free... and fill out their forms etc. to upload your PDF content. You can get all the particulars from their site.
BTW: eBooks uploaded to Google Books must be in "unprotected" PDF format. Once in their system Google only allows restricted access to the file and it remains protected against printing etc. (Google security does not protect any PDF eBooks you sell).
Although an eBook must be uploaded to Google as a PDF file -- There doesn't appear to be any content restriction on the eBooks you sell to customers. Therefore you should be able to distribute either HTML or PDF eBooks.
Google Books might not be well known yet, but as time goes by (knowing how popular Google is), I can see Google Books as being the first place readers will go looking for information. Now's the time to get on board.
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