Selling and distributing on marketplaces

Once your ebook is ready for sale, you have a number of options where to sell it. At the moment Blurb does not directly distribute reflowable ebooks on third-party marketplaces (such as the Kindle Store or the Apple iBooks Store). However, once the ebook files you’ve created are ready you can sell them independently wherever you’d like.

Selling your reflowable ebook on the Apple iBooks Store

Your ebook, in industry-standard EPUB3 (.epub) format, can be sold on the Apple iBooks Store. This process is handled through Apple, but here’s what you need to do:

  1. Download your ebook from your dashboard on Blurb. Enter your email address and you’ll receive an email with the link to get your ebook onto your computer.
  2. Sign up for an iBooks Store seller’s account. Apple will ask you for your tax information and you will need to set up a payment method.
  3. Use iTunes Producer to upload your ebook.
  4. Fill out the forms. You’ll need to fill out information for your book, verify you hold the publishing rights, upload your ebook file and a cover image, and set pricing for every territory in which you are selling the book.
  5. Save and publish.

Apple says that it’ll take 24 hours to review and publish your ebook.

Selling your reflowable ebook with Kindle Direct Publishing

Your ebook, in Kindle-friendly KF8 (.mobi) format, can also be sold on Amazon.com through Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP). This process is all done through Amazon.com, but here’s what you need to do:

  1. Download your ebook from your dashboard on Blurb. Enter your email address and you’ll receive an email the link to get your ebook onto your computer.
  2. Sign up for a KDP account. Amazon will ask you for your tax information and you will need to set up a payment method.
  3. Add your title to Amazon. Go to your “Bookshelf” page on the KDP site and click “Add new title,” then accept the terms and conditions—if this is your first Kindle book.
  4. Fill out the forms. You’ll need to fill out information for your book, verify you hold the publishing rights, upload your ebook file and a cover image, and set pricing for every territory in which you are selling the book.
  5. Save and publish. Life is full of check boxes—check one more and you’re on your way.

Amazon reports that it takes about 12 hours for your book to be available for purchase. Additionally, Amazon will usually be able to link your print book and ebook, provided the content, title, and contributors are identical.

Conclusion

Pat yourself on the back because you’ve made it to the end of this guide. Hopefully you’ve learned enough about BookWright and how our ebook conversion process works that you’re in the rhythm of editing, uploading, proofing and making revisions to get your ebook perfect.

If you’re stuck and something doesn’t look the way you expected here again are some places to get help.

 

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