A little while back I mentioned in a post (and possibly in my email newsletter) that I was thinking of using Gumroad to sell episodes of my upcoming short story series, The LZR Project. After reviewing the fine print of their website, I've decided this is definitely the route I am going to be taking once The LZR Project is ready to release - which should be sometime next month.
Here are some of the awesome things I am looking forward to taking advantage of with Gumroad -
As far as payment goes, Gumroad only takes 5% + 25¢ per transaction. There are no setup or monthly fees, and payment is every other Friday for all sales up to the previous Friday. They also allow direct deposit into your bank account.
Gumroad allows creatives the ability to post their work for sale on their website, but the service of Gumroad goes far beyond just offering up a display case for your creative talents. Gumroad allows you to post almost any file format - including these ebook file format: ePub, iBook, Plain text, PDF, HTML and .MOBI
Gumroad allows your customers to subscribe to your content - such as weekly short story episodes - and once new content is released, Gumroad allows you to email that new content to your subscriber. This allows your readers (customers) to sign up for a subscription and then just sit back and grab that latest episode from their email inbox without having to go to the website and purchase each episode every single week.
Gumroad enables you to setup a pre-order of a particular upcoming project. Once that product is released, Gumroad charges your customer and then automatically sends them the item that was pre-ordered.
I am really looking forward to using Gumroad for the release of The LZR Project. I will blog on my experience with them after I have released a few episodes, and if all goes well then I may be using them for future projects.