How to Become an eBook Dealer

By Addie Kaye
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Unlike printed books, e-books display content in digital format. E-book dealers, better known as e-book affiliates or e-book resellers, sell e-books mainly through the Internet. E-book marketplaces, such as ClickBank or PayDotCom, sell e-books that do not go through the same publishing process as print books. Often these books are published directly by the e-book author. These marketplaces offer affiliate commissions of up to 75 or 80 percent. Most affiliates only sell a few e-books a month, but some successful marketers claim to earn thousands of dollars a month.

Sign up as an affiliate or reseller for affiliate program networks with large selections of e-books such as ClickBank, E-Junkie or PayDotCom. These networks provides a marketplace where authors list their e-books and affiliate marketers sell the e-books listed.

Choose a topic that interests you and with which you are familiar. Search or browse through the affiliate network's directory or marketplace to find e-books related to your chosen topic. For each e-book of interest, analyze the information offered including sales price, affiliate commission and e-book description. Click on the name of the e-book to read a detailed description and to visit its promotional webpage.

Search for the e-book title surrounded by quotes followed by the word "review" in popular search engines such as Google or Yahoo. Read through a sample of search results to determine customer satisfaction with the e-book purchase.

Generate a custom affiliate link for each e-book you wish to promote. In order to credit affiliates for e-book sales, the affiliate network creates a link that embeds the affiliate identification number within the e-book seller's webpage link. Follow the affiliate network's instructions on link creation.

Create a website to promote your chosen e-books. Build a homepage that describes your chosen topic and includes navigational links to to e-book listings. Create a webpage for each e-book with detailed information and pricing. Link to the e-book seller's webpage using your custom link created in Step 4.

Promote your e-book website using online channels such as website directories, social networks, forums and paid search listings. Track sales through your affiliate network and remove e-books from your site that do not sell. Update your website and keep your visitors interested by frequently listing new e-books for sale.

Tip

As of May 1, 2010, you can sign up as an Amazon affiliate, known as an "associate," and earn 4 to 8.5 percent on Kindle e-books.

About the Author

Addie Kaye has been writing professionally since 1995, with work that includes writing business plans, technical documentation and articles for eHow. Kaye has certification in computers and in alternative medicine from a California institute.