Top Five Questions About Ebooks:
Q: Do ebooks really sell?
A: You bet they do! Many writers are now earning hundreds Ė or thousands Ė a week selling their ebooks. Even a modest attempt at selling ebooks can be successful, earning a writer a tidy wad of extra cash.
Of course, you canít just plop an ebook onto your website and hope readers will find it. As with any type of book, ebooks require some marketing. Fortunately, that marketing neednít cost you a penny. Your current website, an electronic newsletter, free classifieds Ė even the signature you use in your email and on Internet forums Ė all help market ebooks.
How much money you make from enooks depends entirely on your ability to target your audience. Really, itís not much different from promoting traditionally published books.
Q:Do I need special equipment or software to create an ebook?
A: You probably already have everything you need: A computer thatís connected to the Internet and some decent word processing software (like Microsoft Word). Anything else you might require can be had for free online.
Q:How do I format an ebook so that everyone can read it?
A: The best format for ebooks is the .PDF file. Nearly everyone already has Adobe Reader (the software used to read .PDF files) on their computer, and if they donít, itís free and available from a reliable company website. Too, whether your readers use a Mac or a PC, theyíll be able to read .PDF files. You canít say these things about other ebook formats! An exception is Kindle ebooks; Amazon prefers other types of files for those.
Q: Donít I need special programming knowledge to accept payments and send readers my ebook?
A: Putting a shopping cart on your website is actually quite easy - and absolutely free. (The only cost comes when someone actually buys an ebook from you; then youíre charged a standard fee for accepting credit cards.)
There are two ways to go about sending readers your ebook. If you already check your email frequently, the easiest and cheapest way is simply to fire off a form email to anyone who buys your ebook. The .PDF ebook is sent as an attachment. But if you want your readers to be able to instantly download your ebook, this is easily done through one of the many Internet companies that do this for a small fee.
In addition, if you sell your Kindle ebooks on Amazon.com, you'll only need to tell Amazon how much you want to earn from each sale; they'll take care of the rest.
Q: Isnít it really easy for someone to steal my work if I publish an ebook?
A: Itís no easier to steal someoneís material from an ebook than it is to steal it from a website, magazine article, or print book. If someone really wants to do it, they will. But youíre protected by law as long as you file your ebook with the Copyright Office.
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