Which self publishing platforms should you use for your book?

If you are new to self publishing, you will see there are a lot of self publishing platforms. Which one/ones should you choose to publish your book?

Selling at Bookstores

I recommend the following platforms to publish your book and sell it at online and physical bookstores:

Using Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) gives you the most from each sale on Amazon.

Ingram Spark is the distributor most bookstores and libraries use to order books.

Draft2Digital lets you sell your books at the following stores with one account:

  • Apple Books
  • Barnes & Noble
  • Kobo (including Kobo Plus)
  • Smashwords Store
  • Tolino
  • OverDrive
  • Bibliotheca
  • Scribd
  • Baker & Taylor
  • Hoopla
  • Vivlio
  • BorrowBox
  • Odilo

Selling from Your Website

If you have an author website and plan to sell your books from the site, I recommend the following platforms:

  • Payhip for selling ebooks.
  • Gumroad for selling ebooks without having to create a Stripe or Paypal account.
  • Ingram Spark for selling print books.
  • Lulu for selling print books.

Create a store on Payhip, Gumroad, Ingram Spark, or Lulu and link to the store from your site.

Payhip and Gumroad give you more from each sale than Amazon, assuming you sell your ebooks for at least $5(US). Amazon takes at least 30 percent from each ebook you sell. Payhip takes 5 percent plus the credit card transaction fee. Gumroad takes 10 percent plus the credit card transaction fee.

Payhip gives you more from each book sale than Gumroad. But you must create a Stripe account or Paypal account to sell books on Payhip. Gumroad does not require a Stripe account or a Paypal account.

Lulu is a print-on-demand service. When someone orders a book, Lulu prints it and ships it so you don’t have to worry about warehousing and shipping print books.

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