I’ve been considering for some time whether and how to start an online store for direct sales in addition to selling OSNOVA books on Amazon and Nook.
It would allow for more buying options for customers and will hopefully generate some additional income for my family (I have three kids now :). Amazon pays me $1.75 for each book sold for $4.99. Anything higher than that would be welcome. I do not think I would be able to generate lots of sales this way but who knows.
I have also received requests whether people can distribute books for free through my website. This would definitely be an option if the books are Christian, clean and otherwise meet my admittedly subjective criteria for usefulness to the body of Christ.
I will most likely re-purpose the osnova.com domain to this store, with this blog remaining at
https://osnovapress.wordpress.com. I am somewhat concerned about the disruption that it may create because I haven’t tried anything like this before and you may witness some growing pains.
I’ve been researching various online store carts (3dcart, volusion, cubecart, americart, oscommerce) that would allow for the delivery of ebooks and could integrate with secure payment options. For the latter, there is Paypal, Google Checkout, Amazon Payments, or I could open my own merchant account with one of the reputable processors. I even called around some Christian web development companies for a customized solution, but their prices have put me in a state of shock.
Well, this is a long post. I would welcome any comments, suggestions, advice, and feedback on my plans.
My main goal remains to offer Bibles and other “foundational” (that’s what OSNOVA stands for) Christian materials of the best quality to edify the body of Christ and save the souls.
If you are a great graphic designer and could help with the site design and/or cover design for a reasonable fee, I would like to hear from you.