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Where to Sell Low Content Books Online
If you’ve recently started selling low content books on Amazon you may be starting to wonder if you can get more bang for your buck and upload your books onto more platforms in order to increase sales.
The options are limited, but there are a few places you can get your low content books listed other than the Amazon platform.
One thing to think about before listing your books on other platforms is getting ISBNs for your books. Amazon offers free ISBNs for it’s KDP authors every time they upload a book. However, you can’t use that ISBN to sell a book anywhere but Amazon. So if you want to put your books up for sale on any other platform, you will need to purchase your own unique ISBNs for your books.
For the sake of having a full and complete list of places to sell your low content books, I have included the Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing platform to this list. This is typically where most people will start their low content book selling journey and often time as far as it goes. I’m guessing you aren’t here to read about listing your books on Amazon KDP and instead interested in where else you can list your books that are already on KDP so I won’t dive much deeper into Amazon KDP here.
However, if you are interested in learning more about listing books on Amazon KDP be sure to check out some of the following posts for more in-depth help:
IngramSpark is a good place to check out if you want to diversify your low content book revenue. IngramSpark has a huge distribution network and will put your books in their catalog to sell to bookstores, online retailers, universities, and more.
However, there are a few catches for selling through IngramSpark. First of all, they don’t accept all types of low content books. In order for you to sell a low content book through IngramSpark, you can’t have more than 10% blank pages in your book. Meaning no lined journals or sketchbooks.
Puzzle books, workbooks, and coloring books could do well though. (If you need more ideas for types of books check out 32 Types of Low Content Books here.)
The second catch, it’s not free. So you will only want to sell through IngramSpark once you have proof of concept. Meaning a book has made multiple sales through the Amazon KDP platform already. At the time of writing this, it costs $49 to upload a book to the IngramSpark platform.
For more information check out the IngramSpark platform here.
If you want to sell books on Etsy there are two routes you can go, depending on the type of book. You can either sell your books as printables or you can pair with a print on demand book company and sell physical copies.
If you are just selling lined journals, you can’t sell printables, anyone can get lined pages. However, if you are selling puzzle books, workbooks, coloring books, bullet journals, or something along those lines, you can definitely make sales through printables.
If you are selling one of the above-mentioned books you could even sell individual pages from the book or sets of 5-10 pages to target different customers.
If you’d rather sell physical copies of your book you will need to partner with a print on demand company that does books. I recommend checking out Lulu Xpress here for print on demand books. They don’t charge anything upfront, so you only pay when you make a sale.
Etsy does cost $0.20 per listing, however, you can get your first 40 listings for free when you start a shop through this link. (You get the free listings when you post your first listing.)
See a breakdown of Etsy’s fees here.
Using Shopify to sell your low content books would be the exact same thing as using Etsy in the sense that you would either need to sell printables or pair up with a print on demand book company like Lulu Xpress which integrates with Shopify for a smoother experience.
There are two main differences when comparing selling on Shopify and Etsy.
- Traffic: Etsy comes with an already established marketplace, so you are mainly only competing with other Etsy sellers. However, with a Shopify store, you are competing against the rest of the internet. You will either need really good SEO, to work really hard on social media, or you’ll have to pay for ads to drive traffic to your Shopify store. The bottom line is that you will be responsible for getting traffic to your store whereas Etsy gives you their customer base already making it easier to get people in the door.
- Cost: Etsy is cheap upfront and expensive in the long run. And Shopify is the opposite. It is free to set up an Etsy store less the cost of listings and you can get around that by getting your first 40 listings free here. However, once you start making sales, Etsy starts taking their cut. You will be charged a 5% transaction fee, shipping fee, plus a renewal fee of $0.20 everytime you make a sale. That can add up in the long run.
On the other hand. Shopify costs $29/month for their basic account with no transaction, shipping, or listing fees. See Shopify’s fees here.
So if you are comparing Shopify and Etsy, Etsy is definitely the place to start until you are making consistent sales and you can start driving your own traffic. Then it’s time to make the switch to Shopify.
Amazon Seller Central
Believe it or not, there’s more than one way to list your books on Amazon. This one takes a bit more effort on your part, however, it gives you a bit more customization and flexibility in your listings. You can add more product photos of your books and more detailed listings than what is offered in the KDP platform. You will again need to pair this with a print on demand book supplier. This isn’t the most ideal option, but I didn’t want to leave it out as it is still an option.
I hope this helped give you some ideas of how you can make a bit more money with your low content books. Amazon KDP is definitely the most cost effective and easiest option out there. However, if you have some books that are selling well already, it may be worth getting them up on some more platforms. If you want it to be, Amazon KDP can just be a platform to get started. There’s so many options to scale up once you start making sales!
Be sure to check out some of my other helpful posts for making money on Amazon KDP