Another good tip from Writer’s Technology Companion – this one for a $5/month online service named e-Junkie (they lose points for the name) that really looks to simplify e-book downloads, paper book sales, and more:
From the Writer’s Technology Companion:
Enter e-Junkie. For $5 US a month, e-Junkie provides you with an online shopping cart, storage for digital downloads, order processing, inventory management, email autoresponders, and a lot more.
Let’s say you’ve written an e-book. You upload the file to e-Junkie, write a sales page on your own site, and insert e-Junkie’s code to place a “Buy it now” button on your page. When visitors click through to buy your e-book, they’re directed to your e-Junkie shopping cart, where they can pay via PayPal or Google Checkout (or a couple of other services) and instantly get a download link.
e-Junkie will also handle physical products?—?it works the same way, except that when an order is placed, you get an email with the details so you can fulfill the order yourself. You can offer several variants?—?say, a paperback and hardcover of the same book. e-Junkie will even calculate the shipping costs and sales tax (where applicable).
Lately, I’ve been advising clients that online technology is finally receding a bit – it’s getting out of the way of the non-techies using it – and this seems like a good example.
In my online marketing classes, student entrepreneurs are often baffled by online shopping carts, or forced to hire a Webmaster to setup and maintain the thing. Next thing you know, the Webmaster’s joined a cult, and the micro-entrepreneur’s in trouble.
Let’s hope e-Junkie (that name again) helps ease some of those problems. The idea, after all, is to do what you do best, not waste a lot of time on peripheral matters.
Keep selling, Tom Chandler.