Selling your eBook on your site or blog should not be rocket science. But although you might think that adding a simple PayPal button will do the trick, there are few other things that need to be done, that the button cannot accomplish on its own. What you need is something easy and flexible.
Selling eBooks with Easy Digital Downloads
When we sold our first eBooks, I had already discovered Easy Digital Downloads and knew how easy it was to use.
Take for example, this simple page that sells an eBook using EDD.
Setting Up Your eBook Download Page
Let’s take a look at what this page is comprised of.
Title and Description of eBook
This part is no different than creating a post or page in WordPress and you have all the tools you need in your WordPress editor.
The download image that goes on the page isn’t much different from adding a featured image on a post or a page.
Now we start getting into the custom fields that come specifically with Easy Digital Downloads. This is where you start having more control over how your eBook is presented.
Simply add the price of your eBook:
If you need variable prices, you can also do that. Maybe you want to sell the book but offer other options as well. In this example, we might sell it by itself, but also have an option to purchase it along with 30 minutes of Judy’s time to look at some of your headlines and send you feedback on them.
Your eBook Files
You want to make it easy for your fans to get that eBook file once they purchased it. With EDD, there is no mumbo-jumbo. Simply upload the file to your media library or add the URL for where the file can be accessed.
Limiting Downloads of Your eBook
Although it is tough to keep anyone from sharing your eBook, you can limit the number of downloads that the customer gets. Maybe you want to provide two downloads, just in case a customer loses their copy. Whatever the case, you will be able to set this globally for all your eBooks, but at the same time you can customize the number for any specific download/ebook. There are also a few other download setting options here.
For your ebooks, you cannot go wrong with Easy Digital Downloads, which is free.