How to Make Money Selling Ebooks on eBay

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eBay once had so many ebooks that were sold for download that they had an entire subcategory devoted to it. The rules changed in 2008, however, and digitally-delivered items are no longer allowed to be sold through regular eBay listings. Nonetheless, there are acceptable ways to sell ebooks by complying with the rules and selling them in a way that does not list a digital item for sale in a regular listing.

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    Make sure that you own the ebook that you want to sell. eBay does not allow the sale of ebooks unless you have the legal right to sell them. If you bought a download of an ebook and it doesn't come with resell rights, you don't have the legal right to sell it.

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    Host the ebook on a site that will allow customers to download it if you are going to sell it as a downloadable product. Sites like E-junkie and Wahmcart can host the ebook and provide a link where customers can buy it. They take a small percentage of the sale, often dependent upon how much you have already sold during the month.

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    Sell the ebook in eBay Classifieds if you want to sell it as a digital download. The listings in eBay classifieds don't show up in the regular eBay searches and they have a different fee structure, but they do allow members to sell products that can be downloaded from a link.

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    State in the listing that you do have the legal right to sell copies of the ebook. eBay requires this to be in any listing of an ebook.

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    Burn the ebook onto a CD and sell it in the regular eBay listings. You must have the legal right to sell the ebook in this case as well. With the ebook on a CD, it becomes a physical item that is not bound by the digital goods eBay rule. When a customer buys the ebook, you must mail the CD to them.

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