Buying Ebooks Direct?

Is buying writer-direct right for me?

Sure! Maybe. Buying direct is different from giving all your money to mega-zillionaires like Jeff Bezos. The biggest difference is I personally stand behind my work and guarantee your satisfaction. Here are the operational differences:

Pluses:

  • Retailers make it hard for writers like me to give you a discount ... which is how they got to be mega-zillionaires.
  • You get a discount and I make more money. Odd logic, but because major retailers take a gigantic cut for doing dang little, you and I both win.
  • I will appreciate you. Think Jeff Bezos even knows you exist? Tim Cook? Whoever owns Walmart/Kobo?
  • If you join the newsletter, you'll get notices of sales and discounts for great mugs, tote bags, t-shirts, etc with wonderful things emblazoned on them like Stearne's Law or Pia Sabel saying, "But Did You Die?"
  • I can afford to buy new still-in-the-box shoes for my children and other luxuries. You want to help a good cause, don't you?

Not-so Plus:

  • Retailers like Amazon, Kobo, Apple, etc make it a one-step process. You buy the ebook and it magically appears on your device. You pay more for the convenience. My buy-direct is a two-step process, so read the tips to make it smooth as possible.

Tips for a great experience:

  • At checkout, be sure to include your email address! The book will be delivered via email. There is a check box to opt out of marketing emails.
  • Mugs and shirts and stuff gets shipped via UPS or FedEx, while ebooks get delivered by email from BOOKFUNNEL.
  • If you're buying ebooks, keep an eye out for an email from BOOKFUNNEL. They have the best delivery system in the business and have been doing it for years. They will email instructions on how to get your books. Sometimes these emails wind up in spam filters, promo folders, all kinds of places, so look for them.
  • BOOKFUNNEL has a help button in the upper right of the landing page. Don't hesitate to ask them for help the first time through or if it looks daunting.
  • Extra Tip for synchronized reading: If you have a Kindle app or device, it has its own email address (yourdevicename@kindle.com). When you get the email from BOOKFUNNEL, be sure to choose "download" the file, then email it to yourself. ( Follow Amazon menus: Your Account > Content & Devices > Devices [tab].) Somewhere in there is a kindle email address.

 

Is it secure?

  • Nothing is completely secure. Nothing. However, I've done everything I can to ensure your safety and security.
  • Shopify runs the ecommerce machinery that makes choosing, selecting, and checking out possible. They are a $3 billion business, the most secure operation I could find, and the leaders in ecommerce.
  • PayPal, GooglePay, your credit card (which you can save via Shop Pay) are the most secure payment methods in the business and have excellent records for preventing theft and fraud.

 

Still not sure about buying direct? That's ok, those mega-zillionaires need money too. I guess. My kids will get used-shoes for Christmas. Don't worry about me ... we can gather berries and twigs for dinner.

Seriously, what matters most is that you get a book you enjoy reading. Any way you go about it - as long as they're my books - buy them anywhere you please!

Direct - Amazon - Apple - Barnes & Noble - Google - Kobo