The sale of information is a hot property in online business. Many highly successful websites are filled with informational articles that are beneficial in both Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and providing visitors with a reason to come back.
There are entrepreneurs that would like to proceed with packaging the information they’ve compiled into a sellable eBook. Certain questions arise that have them wondering what they should do.
Let’s take a look at each question individually to see if we can help make sense of available steps to eBook publishing.
1) Do I have to have an eBook publisher to make my eBook available?
The simple answer is no. There are eBook publishers that are looking for new material, but you can develop your own material and convert it to an eBook for sale effectively bypassing typical eBook publishers.
2) Do I need to have my own website to sell an eBook?
A personal website is a great marketing and promotional tool but is not absolutely essential to the effective distribution of eBooks. The use of an eBook reseller can be an effective means of providing your material to a broad customer base while removing the need to develop a website with shopping cart capabilities. A personal website can be linked to an eBook reseller, so your personal website can be integrated for the management of downloads, distribution, and payment collection for your work.
3) How do I take the idea from a few written notes to a viable knowledge-based eBook?
In most cases, an eBook must be converted into a Portable Document File (PDF). This may sound simple enough, however, this file must also be compatible with eBook download procedures. Common eBook creating software can be used at no cost if you are seeking to make your eBook available at no cost. If you are placing restrictions on the use and distribution of the eBook there will likely be a fee involved in the development of software for eBook creation.
As for the flow of the book, you may find you are fully capable of putting all the pieces together, or you might consider the use of a freelance writer or editor to put a polished touch to your work.
If you have skills in graphic design you can develop the cover you will post on your site, although there are numerous low-cost alternatives to developing a unique cover for your eBook.
If you have an idea for a knowledge-based eBook you should consider following through with your idea, the development costs may be minimal, residual income long-term, and the satisfaction of assisting others is priceless.