Write about your favourite subject or about a subject you researched to solve a problem, upload it on online marketplaces specialized in ebooks making and they will promote and distribute to millions of potential customers in 170 countries. Some of the most popular marketplaces are:
They are also networked with retail partners to reach more customers. They support many writing languages for certain retailers (even Chinese). They have 400,000 titles published by 120,000 authors and publishers around the world and they distribute books also for Apple iBooks in 51 countries. They are focused mostly on good novels, personal memoirs, poetry chapbooks, fiction and non-fiction ebooks. You can control your ebook price per retailer, control promotion, coupon generation and get website code to display your ebook on any website. They have automatic sales reporting from some of their retailers. The customer who purchases the ebooks from Smashwords can read it on a computer, iPhone, iPad, smartphone, Amazon Kindle reader, Barnes & Noble Nook, Kobo Reader (and other devices) and even print it from PC. When you register you will receive an email with instruction on how to prepare your ebook. SmashWord Extensive Guide provides very depth information that will answer many of your questions.
Kobo accesses millions of readers in 170 countries. you can upload your ebook in Word/Open Office/Mobi format and will be automatically converted into the standard compatible ePub format for their readers. It is a do it yourself eBook publishing website which makes your book available within their main catalogue for any device. You keep the rights for your ebook. Even though they have a large promotion network, it’s recommended to do some work yourself to promote your ebook.
They are networked with retail partners (even with Amazon) to reach more customers. You can upload your ebook and sell it even for Kindle devices or even as a regular printed book (similar to Amazon’s service How to Sell ebooks with Amazon). Your ebook can also be sold to their online book store and they provide reviews/rating possibilities (to reduce customers second thoughts). They analyse your sales profit per book type and service. They help you also with their guides on how to make an ebook for their service.
You upload your ebook here also with no cost to reach millions of readers on their platform and BarnesAndNoble.com. The ebooks can be read with their NOOK eReading software for Android, iPad, iPhone, Windows 8, Mac and PC. Check also your profit margin per ebook on their page. Nook press is for authors and publishers in US, UK, France, Italy, Germany, Spain, The Netherlands and Belgium. They provide online sales tracking
In Blulb you get tools to create your ebook but you can also hire them to do editing/graphics work for you. You can make ebooks, photo books, magazines and trade books (hardcover or hardback books). They provide free online editing tools to prepare your ebook or you get the advantage to hiring their people to help with ebook conversion, editing, cover design, graphics making or expand your text to create more pages (ghost-writing). You can then sell your ebook from $0.99 in Blurb or to Amazon, Ingram and Apple iBooks through Blulb.
If you sell your ebook in Booktango website, then you get 100% of sale price (you get about 60% if sold through their partners) and get paid every 3 months. In their website, as with other sites, you can upload your ebook, publish it and will available between 1-30 days for sale in Booktango.com and their partners (Amazon, Apple, Barnes & Noble, Google, Kobo). The ebook produced can be viewed on devices like Amazon Kindle, iPad, Nook, Kobo, Android Tablets, smartphones, PC, Mac (pdf).
They support all ebook languages though their partners (Booktango book store contains only English ebooks). You can control the price starting from $0,99 (max is $199 if sold through Barnes & Noble) and have access to online sales reports. They support also printed books making. You can retain rights for the ebook and they provide a copyright service to protect your book with U.S. copyright service. There is plenty of information on Booktango Help section.
In BookBay the start price is $149 for eBook conversion, promotion & distribution in 170 countries but you keep 100% of the sales price, you get paid weekly and you get ebook reviews system to boost the sales due of their promotion service. They distribute to retail partners like Apple’s iBookstore, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Copia, Kobo, Gardners Books (Europe), Gardners Books, Baker & Taylor, eSentral, Scribd, Ciando (Germany), Google Play, OverDrive, Hoopla, Playster.
They make word/pdf conversion and distribution for $149 and for additional fees they provide services like proofreading, ebook cover design, print book cover design, enhanced promotion, online services like ‘Turn Your Book Into a Bestseller’ and can even make a book video trailer for promotion. For an additional $49 they promote your ebook to 1000 newspapers and news websites. They convert to all necessary ebook format to distribute to major ebook retailers including Amazon, Apple, B&N, Google Play, Ingram, Kobo, Scribd, Baker and Taylor and in their own online book store. They pay monthly and they keep a 15% of the ‘actual’ sale price and provide on-demand reporting.
Note: Taxes for Non-U.S. citizens: When you registering with U.S. website company that makes sales for you, they are obliged by law to get a tax form completed by you. You might have to provide a U.S. taxpayer identification number (ITIN for individuals, EIN for companies) in order to claim a reduced tax rate (or tax exclusion if your country has an income tax treaty with the U.S.). If the tax form is done incorrectly, then you will pay taxes to your country plus the U.S. website company will keep taxes from your profit to be provided to the US Tax Office. Ask your accountant before completing it.