If you’ve ever considered to start an online ebook store,
but for any reason have been hesitant to do so because your
not certain whether this is for you or not, I have written
this brief article with over 3 years experience as an ebook
store owner to help you see what all is involved and to try
and help you make the decision whether or not this is for
Here are just a few of the Pros
and Cons that can help you make an educated decision about starting such a venture.
1) You’re In Control – Depending on your daily schedule you get to decide when and how often to work on your new store.
2) Choosing A Name For Your Book Store – Much of the pleasure with starting any kind of business is getting to name it. Just make
sure to choose a catchy name that’s easy to remember for potential and returning customers.
3) No Inventory – Unlike traditional paper bound books an
ebook does not take up book shelf space. All you need is a
reliable web hosting company to upload your files and images
to and you’ll never have to dust a cover or package them in
a box because their all kept on a computer hard drive ready
to be downloaded when a customer completes the checkout
4) Brandable – Many ebooks can be branded with personal
information such as website URL’s and email addresses so
that if a customer likes what you have to offer the links
that can direct them back to your website or to your contact
information can be found inside the book itself.
5) No Store Hours – Unlike a traditional book store your
business online never closes allowing you to have your
products ready for sale 24 hours a day and 7 days a
week. Also your potential customer base is not limited to
just the town you live in, but to anyone in the world that has a computer
6) Earning Potential – Now don’t take this the wrong way…….
Unless you know some top secret way to convince people that
your product is far superior to all others there is no
guarantee that you’ll be able to leave your full time job in
order to sell ebooks as a primary income. Although, over the
years I have found ebooks as a nice “compliment” to my full
time job earnings.
This doesn’t cangura mean that making a living selling ebooks is not
possible. As a fact many people who have sold ebooks with
reseller rights or have found a high demand yet low
competitive niche subject to write their own ebook about
have been quite successful indeed.
1) Taxes – No matter what type of business you run, it is
very important that you keep track of ALL expenses and
earnings so that when taxes are due you will have
everything you need to provide your tax preparation service
2) Operation Fees – Even though the costs will be far less
than owning and renting a retail store filled with paper
books, there are some expenses you will have with an online
ebook store to deal with.
For example: You will want to accept credit cards on your
site. Most credit card processors only charge a one-time
setup fee and then only charge a percentage of each sale you
You will also need a place to store your files and pictures
on the internet so that they can be retrieved for viewing by
potential customers. For this you will need a web hosting
service. These can be set up for once-a-month billing all
the way to once-a-year billing. It all depends on your
hosting companies package deals.