Reg from Elemental Truths writes about selling and hosting ebooks. He's used Quickshare before to host a free ebook, but they eventually deleted it, and he's also wondering about "for sale" ebooks.
A common question I get!
First of all, if you have your own Web host as Reg does, you can stick it there (that means "host" it there). How to do it depends on the hosting provider you use, but typically they'll have some type of "File Manager" application which lets you point and click to upload it. You can give people the link via blog, email, smoke signal, etc. so they can download it.
Now if you want to "sell" it, you can use a shopping cart, for example my beloved KickStartCart, and either a merchant account to accept credit cards or you could use PayPal. PayPal is OK, but not everyone knows or trusts it, and some argue that it seems amateurish which may affect sales.
Now if you are only selling one ebook, and have no plans to expand your online adventures, KickStartCart and a merchant account is probably overkill, like having a cool Point Of Sale (POS) system for a neighborhood lemonade stand. You can just use PayPal which includes a very basic shopping cart which is OK if your selling one or a very few items.
There ARE other options too! There are companies that will help you sell your ebooks and deal with collecting money. Of course they'll want a cut, but it might just be worth it as they do most of the work.
One to consider is ClickBank, which deals in only digital products. For a one time setup fee of about $50, they'll help you sell inexpensive digital products, usually up to $50 although they make some exceptions. Their big advantage is their affiliate network and capabilities -- basically a small army of people that may help sell your product for a commission that you set.
I personally like SmartClips although I haven't used it yet. They provide free hosting and collect the money too. ZERO setup costs.
I wrote about SmartClips here. Seems like a no brainer if you're just getting your feet wet. They're smart, easy to use, ZERO costs to you, the publisher, and very flexible too.