Can I sell my Ebook on Amazon and use affiliates to promote it?

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Hi everyone,

I've almost finished my first Ebook and would like to sell it through Amazon. However, I was wondering if it was possible to offer it to affiliates to sell too. I'm completely new to this so any advice is welcome. If I were to go down the affiliate route, does anyone have any preferred platforms? And is i possible to offer the book through print on demand and as an ebook?

Thanks in advance,
Clare
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  • Profile picture of the author unlimitedoptions
    Hi Clare:

    Amazon also offers a print option for your e-book. ( It's called create space). So you could publish a e-book and paperback book at the same time. You'll need to go through a different process to get the create space version ready. All the info is available on Amazon.

    You could also consider offering you e-book on other platforms like I-books, Kobo, and Barnes and Nobles.

    Hope this helps.

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    • Profile picture of the author ThoughtBrick
      Thanks Dan -- much appreciated.
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  • Profile picture of the author javrsmith
    Amazon has 2 commission levels, 35% and 70%. If you opt for the higher, you give Amazon an exclusive for 90 days, which you can renew. You could still have affiliate sales but they would be people in the Amazon affiliate program.
    If you register your title at the 35% commission level, you can cross-promote the ebook anywhere.
    If you publish title1 at Amazon for 70% commission, and title2 at 35%, Amazon will check to see that there is significant differences between the two. If they are the same, the second attempt to list on Amazon will fail.
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    • Profile picture of the author ThoughtBrick
      That's great, thank you Javrsmith. One more question, so there are a few blogs I would like to approach and offer them 50% commission -- is it still possible to sell the ebook through amazon and have independent bloggers as affiliates?
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    • Profile picture of the author TinkBD
      Originally Posted by javrsmith View Post

      Amazon has 2 commission levels, 35% and 70%. If you opt for the higher, you give Amazon an exclusive for 90 days, which you can renew. You could still have affiliate sales but they would be people in the Amazon affiliate program.
      If you register your title at the 35% commission level, you can cross-promote the ebook anywhere.
      If you publish title1 at Amazon for 70% commission, and title2 at 35%, Amazon will check to see that there is significant differences between the two. If they are the same, the second attempt to list on Amazon will fail.
      This is not accurate. ;-) Yes, it can be very confusing...

      Commission level is BASED ON BOOK PRICE -- under $2.99 is 35% Between $2.99 and 9.99 is 70%, over $9.99 you are back down to 35%

      Books at any of these price points can be Wide -- pubbed on Amazon and elswhere OR in KDP and not exclusive, but not pubbed elsewhere OR be in KDP Select and exclusive to Amazon.

      You can have ANY BOOK WIDE if you are not in KDP Select... If you are in KDP Select you are exclusive to Amazon in 90 day increments

      KDP is simply the self pubbing arm of Amazon. KDP Select is a VOLUNTARY program for those using KDP to pubb.
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    • Profile picture of the author ThoughtBrick
      Thank you Abirhasan. Do you have a link to your work?
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  • Profile picture of the author dave_hermansen
    You can definitely sell the book on Amazon and also have affiliates promoting your book with your own affiliate program.
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  • Profile picture of the author jbsmith
    Sure you can, I have done this myself - what I do though is place the ebook on Amazon, typically use Createspace as well to get print versions for promotion, seminar promotions, fulfill customer orders who want physical book, etc... and then create a souped up version that I sell either through Clickbank or Ejunkie (both of which have affiliate signup and management capabilities) with bonuses such as (audio version, accompanying interviews with experts, guidebook or exercise book, downloadable resources, or even access to a few videos that enhance the content in the ebook behind a membership wall). This allows me to offer a gold and silver version with higher price points that are more attractive to affiliates

    Hop that helps

    Jeff
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    • Profile picture of the author ThoughtBrick
      Thank you Jeff -- that's really helpful. Very much appreciated.
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  • Profile picture of the author agmccall
    If you want it to be available to affiliates then re write it give it a new name and offer it on clickbank

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    • Profile picture of the author ThoughtBrick
      Does this mean I can't offer it on Amazon and Clickbank?
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      • Profile picture of the author DABK
        You can offer it on both, as long as you don't put it on Amazon's KDP select. KDP is an exclusive with amazon. You can have books on amazon without them being on KDP (amazon doesn't promote them, like they do with KDP, not that they do a hell of a lot but it helps).

        Originally Posted by ThoughtBrick View Post

        Does this mean I can't offer it on Amazon and Clickbank?
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