Sell Ebooks on Amazon Kindle and Global Retailers
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Sell Ebooks on Amazon Kindle and Global Retailers

Self publishing made easy. Sell ebooks at Amazon, Apple, Google, B&N, Kobo, Smashwords, Scribd and major retailers.
4.7 (69 ratings)
Course Ratings are calculated from individual students’ ratings and a variety of other signals, like age of rating and reliability, to ensure that they reflect course quality fairly and accurately.
963 students enrolled
Created by Jason Matthews
Last updated 3/2015
English [Auto]
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This course includes
  • 3 hours on-demand video
  • 3 articles
  • 3 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Self publish ebooks professionally and effectively
  • Format ebooks from Microsoft Word Documents
  • Create Table of Contents, active hyperlinks and useful features within ebooks
  • Convert MS Word to EPUB using Calibre
  • Make great ebook covers while saving money
  • Upload and sell at Amazon
  • Upload and sell through distributors (Smashwords and Draft2Digital)
  • Upload and sell at major retailers (Apple, Google Play, Barnes & Noble, Kobo)
  • Sell ebooks with PayPal and system that runs on autopilot
  • Sell ebooks with shopping cart application from their website or blog
  • Market wisely using social media
  • Use websites and blogs to sell ebooks
  • Create a complete author platform and use Amazon Author Central
  • Use PR (Public Relations) for marketing
  • Get more reviews
  • Make money from sales

The all-encompassing, most comprehensive self-publishing course you will find! Get readers around the world and sell ebooks from:

  • Amazon

  • Apple iBooks Store

  • Google Play

  • Barnes & Noble

  • Kobo

  • Smashwords

  • Scribd

  • Oyster and many more!

Everything you need to format documents, convert to ePub, make covers, upload and sell at retailers, and for marketing.

Save time and money while getting your ebook to readers in every nation.

Instructed by Jason Matthews, bestselling author of 7 books and self-publishing expert. The manual and video lessons explain it with real-time instruction. The lessons include:

  • the PDF guide book that goes with the video

  • formatting for all major retailers

  • converting to other formats (ePub, HTML mobi, PDF)

  • cover design

  • selling at Amazon, Apple, Google Play, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, Kobo and more

  • making free blogs and websites

  • PayPal sales with an automated system - Shopping cart sales

  • social media (Facebook, Google Plus, Twitter, YouTube)

  • public relations (PR)

  • getting reviews and more

Accomplish publishing goals fast. Simple enough for beginners and great for experts who could use extra guidance.

            Get started today and reach more readers soon.

(If any students want one on one consultation with me, I can be reached through Superpeer with user name /JasonMatthews)

Who this course is for:
  • writers
  • authors
  • bloggers
Course content
Expand all 44 lectures 05:32:14
+ Before Selling Ebooks
6 lectures 14:10

Before we get into all the following lessons, let's talk briefly about ebooks, author platform and the e-publishing business in general.

Preview 02:36

A quick preview of the ebook retailers and distributors you're likely to use.

Preview 03:43

The KDP Select decision is something all authors face. It's really up to you whether to enroll or not, and it's only for 3 months so you can always change your mind if you want to make a switch after 90 days.

Preview 03:45

Here is a list of options for using distributors and retailers to sell ebooks. There are many ways to go about it, and your decision will be affected by your skill sets, available time, financial needs and goals.

Preview 04:06

Click files to Download and Save this PDF to your computer.

How to Make, Market and Sell Ebooks - PDF file. Accompanies the course and has information beyond the videos here.

PDF Guide for the Course
132 pages

The PDF guide book from Lecture 5 contains these links and many, many more. For your convenience, the websites shown in the course are listed below in the order that they appear. Each link is only listed once, so check previous Sections if you're not seeing it.

Useful Links shown in the Course
5 pages
+ Formatting MS Word, HTML and ePub
11 lectures 49:00

Here's useful info on ebook file types and preference at retailers.

Introduction to Formatting

Before formatting your ebooks, let's get familiar with free tools Amazon provides to help you at the start and along the way.

Free Tools from Amazon

Preliminary info on formatting that is important to know before we actually do the formatting.

Basics and Word Tips

Here is the list and order of the most common front matter elements along with a demonstration of how to insert them.

Front Matter

This is a great way to format chapters all the way through your ebooks.

Formatting Chapters

Whether you're creating a Table of Contents the Amazon way or the Universal Method, this tutorial explains it all.

Table of Contents
Extra Formatting Tips

Most ebooks have at least one image inserted, along with hyperlinks for the author and readers to connect on social media sites. This lesson demonstrates that and also shows how to check those links in Amazon's preview mode at KDP.

Inserting Images, Hyperlinks, and Checking Preview Mode

If your book has multiple images or complex formatting, you may have better conversion results (especially at Amazon) if you save MS Word as HTML Web Page Filtered.

MS Word saved as HTML Web Page Filtered

Learn to use Calibre for converting MS Word .docx in ePub files, a format preferred by some retailers.

Calibre Converts Word to EPUB

EPUB files must be validated before they can be sold by retailers. This is the same program used by the major retailers who sell ebooks, so it's wise to try your files now to see if they pass inspection of if they need any fixes.

EPUB Validator
+ Cover Design
4 lectures 18:59

What you need to know before hiring out or if you decide to try making your own.

Basics and Standards

A range of options for professional cover design from amazingly affordable to fairly expensive.

Hiring Out Pro Cover Designers

If you decide to make a cover yourself and save money, templates could be a great help.

Cover Design Templates

For those who really want to make a cover from scratch, here are great free resources to help.

DIY Cover Design Programs and Images
+ Uploading to Major Retailers
8 lectures 38:47

Amazon is the king of sales for most indie authors. It's a great place to begin although now is the time to decide whether to participate in KDP Select or not. The choice is yours.

Upload to KDP Amazon

When preparing for Smashwords, the main formatting differences will be the changes to front matter, having a Universal TOC and deleting hidden bookmarks. If you plan to upload an ePub file, it's necessary to add a cover within the document as the first page. Calibre is great for that.

Preparing Word and EPUB for Smashwords

Smashwords does not have a preview mode, so after uploading you'll want to download the ePub (or other) file and check to see how it looks, especially if it converted from MS Word. That's free for the author even for a priced book, and you can always upload a new version anytime. Once you're happy with it and it has passed Premium Status in your Dashboard, you can select the distribution channels and choose which retailers to send it to.

Upload to Smashwords

Draft2Digital will accept anything you send in, so it's up to you to format professionally. They also will populate your document with certain common elements (like a Title or Copyright page) if those choices are checked. You get to decide whether to allow them to do that or to provide those elements yourself, which I recommend.

Upload to Draft2Digital

Barnes & Noble's Nook Press is an other great place to upload your ebook for sales. They have a built-in editor which is a good way to correct any small fixes within their system if necessary.

Upload to Barnes & Noble Nook Press

Kobo Writing Life also has a built-in editor, like Nook press. They're a Canadian outfit and another great place to sell from.

Upload to Kobo Writing Life

Google Play is a bit difficult for some authors and it definitely has its quirks, like reducing the sales price of your book after you list it. However, they do have a tremendous audience and do sell ebooks so it's a fine choice for another retailer.

Upload to Google Play Books Partner Center
Tax Info Reminder
+ Direct Sales on Autopilot
6 lectures 28:18

Get ready to set up an automated system for direct sales from your websites using PayPal or a shopping cart program.

Selling from Your Website or Blog

The first step for enabling direct PayPal sales is to upload your ebook files to your website or blog.

Uploading Files to Sites for PayPal Sales

The next step for PayPal sales is to create a download page that customers will be directed to after purchase.

Download Page for PayPal Buyers

See how to create and implement PayPal buttons to your website or blog for direct sales.

Inserting PayPal Buttons to Your Sites
Fighting Piracy

Another method for direct ebook sales at your own sites with a shopping cart application. Ecwid is a great program for that and also runs on autopilot.

Shopping Cart Sales from Your Sites
+ Marketing in the Digital World
6 lectures 29:31

A philosophy for how to approach social media to maximize potential while minimizing time.

Social Media Philosophy

Here's a closer look at Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus and YouTube. These four social media sites can be extremely important to any author's marketing platform.

Social Media Main Players

Overview of websites and blogs and what they should have, along with a brief tutorial for using Google's Keyword Planner for smart keyword choices.

Websites and Blogs

Even though you don't have to blog, many indie author superstars have blogging in common. See an example of making a blog post with the most common elements included.

Blogging Tips and Reminders
2 pages

Make the most of your Amazon Author Central Profile.

Amazon Author Central
+ PR (Public Relations) and Reviews
3 lectures 14:42

Public Relations (PR) are an important part of ongoing author platform. These tips will help keep your internet presence growing and the book sales coming in.

PR (Public Relations)

Reviews are among the hardest things for indie authors to attain because we rely on others to get this done. Here are plenty of tips for getting the ball rolling.


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