Selling eBooks From Your WordPress Ecommerce Website

WordPress Ecommerce allows you to sell anything from anywhere, you can also sell eBooks or any other digital product. Simply register your domain name and subscribe to WordPress Ecommerce, its automated step-by-step configuration process will connect your domain name to your eCommerce website, and then finally you will be taken to your WordPress dashboard.

On your WordPress Ecommerce admin panel dashboard, you will have to configure some digital download settings to set your website for selling digital products such as eBooks.

Disable Shipping Option

Since you are selling digital goods such as books and files so you don’t need a shipping option on your website. Navigate to the Shipping tab on WooCommerce -> Settings page and make sure that the ‘Enable Shipping’ option is unchecked.

Enable Selling To All Countries

Shipping is no more an issue for you so navigate to WooCommerce -> Settings page and select option to sell your products i.e. your eBooks to all countries. Next, select your currency for what you want to be selling in.

Select File Download Method

On WooCommerce -> Settings page, open Products tab and click Downloadable Products to select the File Download Method and Force Downloads. You may also set Access Restrictions based on your preferences such as enabling access to downloadable products after payment or require customers to log in for accessing downloads.

Checkout & Payment

Click Checkout tab and select a payment option, you can enable PayPal and then add your PayPal email to start accepting digital payments or you may use some other payment options as per your requirement. For any other digital payment option, you will need to subscribe to that payment gateway service and then install its plugin to set it up on your WordPress Ecommerce website. If you don’t know much about third-party payment gateway services then you may either research it on Google or explore new digital payment plugins from Plugins -> Add New section accessible from your website’s admin panel.

Add eBooks/Digital Products

Add your digital products for online selling. Navigate to Products -> Add New page, Enter title, descriptions, select featured image, etc then scroll down to Product Data meta box and tick ‘Virtual’ & ‘Downloadable’ options, SKU is no more an issue but make sure to enter the price of the product and the upload the files you want to sell, the file upload option is present just below the price field on ‘Product Data’ meta box. Finally, click the ‘Publish’ button to publish your book for online selling on your website.

Connecting Google Play Books & Amazon Kindle

If you also sell your books on Play Books and Amazon then you can connect your products there with your WordPress Ecommerce website. All you have to do is navigate to Products -> Add New page, Enter title, descriptions, select featured image, etc then scroll down to ‘Product Data’ meta box and switch product from ‘Simple Product’ to ‘Affiliate Product’. Enter the URL of your book on Play Books/Amazon and publish your ‘Product’. This way you can also include your books or any other product you are selling on some other online marketplace.

PDFs & ePub Book Reading

You can sell PDFs and ePub files on your WordPress Ecommerce website, your customers after purchasing the books from your website may read them easily on any book reader app including Play Books and Kindle, etc.

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