Business Overview

Just as the digital camera has revolutionized the photography industry, the tablet and ebook reader have transformed bookselling. Ebooks today command a major section of the publishing industry. In the United States alone, 487 million ebooks are sold each year for a revenue of $3.1 billion.

Ebook businesses sell ebooks to readers. With low startup costs and a huge market, this is a promising business opportunity that many have taken advantage of.

Who is this business right for?

Anyone who enjoys writing may be well-suited for running an ebook business. This business model requires a lot of writing, but business owners are free to write on most any topic. There are ebooks on all manner of subjects.

What happens during a typical day at an ebook store?

Most of the time spent running an ebook store business is devoted to writing ebooks, which includes researching, actually writing and editing books. When not writing ebooks, business owners may spend time working with editors and cover designers, and marketing their business.

What is the target market?

Ebooks appeal to almost everyone, including people of both genders and of all ages. The genre that’s chosen will determine the particular demographic that a business targets, but there are genres for every interest and every person.

How does an ebook store make money?

An ebook store makes money by selling copies of ebooks. Ebooks are usually sold through an existing platform, which may be a business owner’s website, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iTunes or another platform.

What is the growth potential for an ebook store?

An ebook store business is an easy business to scale. With just a click, business owners can have an ebook available in multiple countries. How many books they’re able to offer depends on how quickly they can write. Some business owners have just one or two books available, while others have many titles. For example, Hugh Howey and Amanda Hocking both have over 30 books for sale.