Customer must then be logged in. Thanks for the Oronjo. You are using their site, software, and waiting for royalty payments just like other retail sites. If you like I can email some links to inexpensive hosts just a few dollars a month and shopping carts included free on the same servers.
Hey Mike. The transaction never actually takes place on your site. The only difference here is that the input of the details takes place offsite too. With this solution, you are your own distributor even if you are outsourcing the actual transaction and fulfillment and the percentages reflect that. Plus you have the advantage of nobody having the power to pull down your listing for whatever reason. I have considered moving to WordPress.
This solution was so simple, that I had a basic store up in running in two hours, at zero cost. Every author with a book blogging at wordpress. Gumroad and Oronjo are technically no different. All are off-site sales, external to wordpress. Seriously, this is good news and I wish you all the best with it. More power to your elbow, David. Keep up the good work and thanks for an interesting and informative post.
FWIW, one thing to remember is that for pad users and netbook users who are using the kindle, ibook, or nook app. I have to track down those places and reload them.
I am very impressed, David. Hi John. If I was living in the US, it would be easy enough to do.
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Createspace shipping inside the US is much cheaper. Last night, I just finished setting up my own bookstore on my privately hosted website, but using a Word Press theme. Since my husband is developing his own websites as well, he had access to something called Gravity Forms which is a bit expensive to purchase. I used that to create a simple order form that you customize.
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That link is to an online file folder system that lets me create public links for any file I want. They provide a limited amount of in-house widgets, but none that would provide the functionality needed. I recently set up a site for a non-fiction book and looked at using Gumroad.
The setup looks very easy. I spent a day or so messing around with free WordPress shopping cart plugins. WP e-Commerce worked quite well. It allows you to use PayPal and has reasonable protection for your digital files. No plug-ins possible at all, unfortunately.
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I think there will always be a place for innovative retailers like Amazon who give self-publishers a level playing field and actually allow readers to discover our books.
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Not so much. Reblogged this on Dispatches From ConsterNation and commented: Is this a great time to be a writer, or what? I believe WordPress. My question, David, is how is WordPress. Were they OK with your recent sale of cent books? I gather that you and many others are Amazon affiliates, and possibly affiliates of other booksellers as well. Do you think WordPress. However, my hunch is that WordPress.
Seems to me WordPress. It has a little bit of a chilling effect on the otherwise free-speech world of blogging. Interesting aspect of the empowering effects of the Internet: He who controls the server has the Power. Sorry, WordPress, no offense intended.
I saw someone ask about this on the WordPress. Congratulations on your recent accomplishments St. A few questions: 1 Why did you choose to publish it in French instead of, for example, German or Spanish? Best wishes for continued success, and thank you for sharing your knowledge with the rest of us struggling self-publishers. I put out an open call for translators, have a few in the works, and the French one just got done first. There will be more! Marketing will be a challenge, for sure. I will have a few French contributors.
I am intrigued by this system. I am also using the free wordpress. I want to have a way to sell my work there without having to upload a shopping cart.
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Like others, I am concerned about losing my website due to terms of service. I like being on wordpress. My blog is more a showcase of my writing than anything else, but I do link book reviews and author interviews to where people can get the books. I usually highlight a free source first if available. I do not have a smashwords account and am rather concerned with their current fight with paypal.
This might be a better alternative for now. I think your concerns with Smashwords are misplaced, unless you are writing certain kinds of erotica and even then, I believe that the issue has been largely resolved. You can do both. Still, I like your recommendation and am looking into it. This is fantastic, thank you!
I figure that by the time the first one is finished, Gumroad may have added Paypal and gone through some of the initial growing pains. Please keep us informed about your experiences with them. That sounds really interesting! I want to write a book and i think this website could really help me! Having a quick look and this seems like avery good platform. Takes away the risk and hassle, and still gives you a nice cut, at least compared to Amazon. The big thing is having people come to you first, so for first time authors this is tough. But for someone like yourself with a nice following, this is a no brainer.
This is a great post, David, very helpful! The first novel is coming off of KDP Select the end of the month, and several story collections will be following soon thereafter, so it would be a good time to give it a whirl. Thanks for the tip, David. Have used an ecommerce site called Mercantec. I may give Gumroad a try in the near future, though — hopefully when they start using PayPal for transactions.
Just wanted to check-in and see how your store is doing and how Gumroad is working so far… I think this is an extremely interesting idea! Thank you for the info sounds like a very good site. Just wanted to know i have a book i want to publish which i am going to publish with a publishing site like smashwords but coming across gumroad made me think that i could do some selling separatly with the same book so a bit confused.
Could you tell me if i was to publish on the publishing site would i beable to use my book content and make it into a pdf file and sell it on gumroad? Or should i publish it on gumroad first and would i then beable to publish it on eg smashwords as its already been published? Just to follow up on this blog post.
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