Hi everyone. what a great forum! I have an ebook and a web site, but have not quite set up shop because I am trying to figure out a relatively easy way to distribute my ebook to paid customers. The ebook is currently in PDF form and I prefer to distribute it that way if possible (without having to spend money on a compiler for now- as I have already spent too much money that I don't have). How have you all been distributing? Have you used passcode protection? If so, how? I want the distribution to involve me as little as possible. Please share your ideas in as much detail as possible as I am a technical newbie and don't know what a lot of terms mean. Thank SO MUCH! Miriam
hi. I've just finished the ebook and setting up the web site myself.
One alternative to selling through your web site is to use lightningsource.com. They accept ms reader, adobe pdf and palm doc and will add security to your ebook. The ebook is then distributed through amazon.com, powells.com and bamm.com. Lightning source's process is laborious and convoluted but it seems to work. You pay a yearly fee for hosting (£25, not sure in dollars). Then use you site for promotion and downloadable samples. There are others ie iuniverse,com and contentreserve.com but I have not tried them yet.
I use: http://www.hypermart.net- but they have a pop-up as well as a banner! Their service has been OK, though, almost no down-time in 18 mths.
http://www.bizhosting.com- small banners, but max size of 512k for files for download including ebooks. I've only been with them about 3 months, and so far OK, but the 512k restriction is very limiting. No cgi-bin apart from the few scripts they supply - I'm finding that a bit of a pain.
I've also got a couple of eboks on a club site at Lycos.co.uk (was Tripod), but that may not be suitable for you if it's a business.
The problem I've found is that most hosts tell you clearly about bandwidth, but you have to hunt in the small print for max file sizes.
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