ZeBooC - a "live" eBook creation service for your Zazzle Collection
Posted: Tuesday, December 18, 2018 11:15:00 AM
It's finally out, as promised! I hope you don't think the name ZeBooC is too corny for the service!

You can now get your very own ebooks of your Zazzle collections, kind of like a catalog. The thing that makes them "live" is that the product titles in the ebook all link to their respective product pages on Zazzle.

They're a great new affiliating tool to add your marketing arsenal.

How's that?
With the ebook on your mobile / tablet / Kindle or equivalent, whenever the opportunity comes up, you've got product designs you can show there and then - even without an internet connection.

but there's more, lots more...
Ok, so someone you show is interested and wants to buy. How does that work?
Simple, on the last page of the ebook are two ways they can use. There's a short bit.ly link they can type into their mobile's browser or they can point their mobile's camera at the QRCode.
Note that all recent iPhones and many Android devices will recognise the QRCode automatically from their camera app and offer to open it in the device's browser. Many people will be ok with that.

If you like, try your mobile phone on this, taken from the back of AnotherFort's 'The Hepcat Diner' ebook:



Ok, so they've got to the online version of your ebook. From there they can tap the title of the product they want and its product page on Zazzle will opne up. Once there, they can personalise and buy as normal.

Every aspect of this “eBook from Collection” has been designed to give you new opportunities, remove obstacles and smooth the way to convert interest into sales.

Find out all about it and order yours here:

You'll also find out there about the additional benefits of uploading your eBook to the Amazon Kindle program


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There are some manual steps I need to perform and that's why it's a service rather than a tool. For that reason I need to charge for it - but you have options to keep the cost down. The three levels are
1) I get any referrals arising, you keep any royalties as normal (cheapest)
2) 50/50 referral split, royalties still yours (toe-in-the-water)
3) Your referral id is used in all links (best value)
All the links in both the ebook and its live, online version include a referral id (and tracking code) according to the level you buy.

Finally, any subscriber to Nifty gets level 3 for the level 2 price. If they stop their subscription, it'll fall back to level 2.
Posted: Tuesday, December 18, 2018 5:32:17 PM
Shocked I'm astounded.
Since Dec 14th I've sold 4 of theZeBooC eBooks on Amazon! About $1.40 in royalties.
I didn't expect that to happen so quickly!

And now all those lovely live links are "out there", hopefully spreading and going a little viral. I ticked the "allow lending" box when I was publishing on Amazon, so that will help some, too.

I'm taking that surprise as an early Christmas present!
Grin
Posted: Wednesday, December 19, 2018 12:29:38 PM
Sounds great Mark, will look into it soon. You are such an asset to the zazzle community. Keep up the great work.
Posted: Thursday, January 03, 2019 10:01:26 AM
Thats_Graphic wrote:
Sounds great Mark, will look into it soon. You are such an asset to the zazzle community. Keep up the great work.

Thanks, Thats_Graphic Roses

On a side note, I've renamed the service to ZeBookFreeC because of a clash with the name of an Asian ebook reader.

It stands for Zazzle eBook Free Collectibles from the visitor's perspective and Zazzle eBook Free Collections from ours

Just so you know ;)
Posted: Friday, January 18, 2019 3:41:10 PM
I've now got a 'proper' homepage for Zebookfreec. It's here: https://niftytoolz.com/npcp/ebooks/zebookfreec
The home page has 3 new featured picks each day taken from the entire collection.
There's a few of you now with ebooks in Zebookfreec, why not pop along from time to time and see if you made the featured picks?

Posted: Saturday, January 19, 2019 7:43:30 AM
I've just added a blog post to describe where we are with Zebookfreec. Catch it here: https://razamazazzle.blogspot.com/2019/01/zebookfreec-groundwork-completed.html
Posted: Tuesday, January 22, 2019 8:25:17 PM
Hello Highton,

I love the ebook you made for me. Thank you so much!

Now that I am nearing the end of my store rebuild, I will need all the help I can get marketing it and I want to know more about working with you on additional ebooks, or any other marketing ideas you may have.

Posted: Thursday, January 24, 2019 4:45:29 AM
Ted Raynor wrote:
Hello Highton,

I love the ebook you made for me. Thank you so much!

Now that I am nearing the end of my store rebuild, I will need all the help I can get marketing it and I want to know more about working with you on additional ebooks, or any other marketing ideas you may have.


I'm so glad you like it. You can request another ebook to be made from a collection using my Zebookfreec service, if you like.

To get hints and tips on marketing, join the NiftyToolZ Tips and Support group on Facebook and ask there.
We've got over 100 members and help's never very far away there Smile

It's a private group so you'll need to request to join once you get there.

I hope that helps!
Smile
Posted: Thursday, January 24, 2019 5:02:03 AM
In addition to being able to publish your ebook on Amazon and ManyBooks, I've tested Google Books and they're good, too. You get a double whammy with them because publishing on Google Books automatically makes them available in Google Play.
Remember, you have to own the copyright on the entire content to publish in each of those places.

Zazzlers who are traditional or digital artists should prove popular. I've had 38 downloads of mine on ManyBooks in 4 weeks.

Intrigued by the whole idea? Find out how to get your ebook made

The reason I'm so happy about those 38 (and slowly climbing) downloads is that because the downloaders like my b/w photography, they could end up showing it to a few similar-minded friends. They might actually pass on a copy (yaay!) or (still yaay!) let their friends scan the QRCode on the back page with their mobile phone app.
Each one of those actions is an opportunity for a sale or, at the very least, the placing of a referral cookie in the browsers of those friends.

When I get lucky and get a referral, I'll know because each ebook gets its own unique tracking code and I'll see that in my Referral History Report. I'm expecting a time lag of around three months-ish because that seems to be how long these things take for me.

It all helps and those are people I couldn't have reached in any other way. Im sure someone, somewhere once said that it takes many rivulets to make a river.
Smile
Posted: Thursday, January 24, 2019 6:14:44 PM
Hello Highton,

I'm not on Facebook. Sorry but I just can't stand it Sad

I have a few things I want to talk to you about and I emailed you yesterday. Maybe I used the wrong email address. Would you kindly write me at tedraynor@ ya hoo . com
Posted: Friday, January 25, 2019 9:17:32 AM
Ted Raynor wrote:
Hello Highton,

I'm not on Facebook. Sorry but I just can't stand it Sad

I have a few things I want to talk to you about and I emailed you yesterday. Maybe I used the wrong email address. Would you kindly write me at tedraynor@ ya hoo . com

Your email got to the top of my to-do list, check your inbox Smile
Posted: Monday, January 28, 2019 2:59:06 AM
There have now been 43 downloads of my fine art photography ebook from ManyBooks: https://manybooks.net/titles/black-white-fine-art-photography-highton-ridley

That's 10 a week
Smile
Posted: Thursday, January 31, 2019 9:05:19 PM
I just submitted my wildlife collection. Waiting for some final aurora products to publish then I will submit another.

I'm going to need a little guidance on how to post the books to Amazon and Manybooks.
Posted: Friday, February 01, 2019 7:54:50 AM
Ted Raynor wrote:
I just submitted my wildlife collection. Waiting for some final aurora products to publish then I will submit another.

I'm going to need a little guidance on how to post the books to Amazon and Manybooks.

You should have received my email by now telling you it's done. For others reading this, Ted's photo's look really good in ebook format. Have a look here:
https://niftytoolz.com/npcp/ebooks/ebook-store.html?bkid=TedRaynorPhotos-aw

They made me shiver!

In preparation for uploading, first register for an account at https://www.manybooks.net
Do the same for Amazon KDP: https://kdp.amazon.com
You'll also need an Amazon account. Registration for it is also available via that link.

We'll pick up from there by email when you're ready.
Posted: Friday, February 01, 2019 11:04:44 AM
I have an Amazon account and did sign up for the KDP Program. At the time I could not figure it all out. I am sending you another collection in a moment then I will sign up for Manybooks. Thanks so much Mark!
Posted: Friday, February 01, 2019 12:24:09 PM
That's done now, Ted. It's here:
https://niftytoolz.com/npcp/ebooks/ebook-store.html?bkid=TedRaynorPhotos-ab

I'll answer your email now.
Posted: Friday, February 01, 2019 4:46:40 PM
Thanks so much for the great books and also for the kind words about photos! Let's hope the public at large enjoys them. The books are on Amazon but need to be reviewed first. Then I will post them to Manybooks.
Posted: Saturday, February 16, 2019 3:48:48 PM
Ted Raynor wrote:
Thanks so much for the great books and also for the kind words about photos! Let's hope the public at large enjoys them. The books are on Amazon but need to be reviewed first. Then I will post them to Manybooks.

I know you've made much more progress since that reply, Ted. Just wanted to congratulate you on your first downloads from ManyBooks.

I've just checked and mine's been downloaded 99 times!
It's been stuck on that number all day - it feels like 100 is a milestone worth celebrating.
Maybe tomorrow ;)
Posted: Saturday, February 16, 2019 4:16:59 PM
I just got my book on ManyBooks yesterday and have already had 24 downloads(it's currently an editors choice, but I'm not sure if she does that for all new books or not) plus I have had 4 paid downloads from Amazon. Pretty cool, I think, considering this was never an avenue I considered for my art. I am seriously considering turning mine into a paperback on Amazon (plus creating some new pieces to add to it) just because it would be so fun to see in print.

Thank you again Mark for putting the book together. Roses

ETA: 33 downloads on ManyBooks as of the next morning. Hopefully someone is clicking those links too. It seems almost impossible to tell with the view counter not updating properly, but I did have views on 3 or 4 posters last week so maybe.

Anyone considering it should just go for it!
Posted: Monday, February 18, 2019 10:02:03 PM
Mark, I am putting together a collection to use for this in the near future and I need to know what number of products you recommend... this will be fractal wall art (posters acrylics, metal and canvas).

With all the strange goings on concerning collections I want to make one that I wont touch again after this, and get it fully indexed before I buy my ebook.

Update: nevermind I read the page that said up to 240 pages and that answered my question. Now I am off to work on this collection! thanx and see ya soon.
Posted: Friday, March 01, 2019 2:02:24 AM
Glad you spotted that, Shelli Smile

I actually came here to congratulate MelroseOriginals - her ebook has now overtaken mine in downloads from ManyBooks - 126 compared to my 124, and mine's been up there for about 3 weeks longer.

Well done Malissa!
Posted: Friday, March 01, 2019 3:50:49 AM
HightonRidley wrote:
Glad you spotted that, Shelli Smile

I actually came here to congratulate MelroseOriginals - her ebook has now overtaken mine in downloads from ManyBooks - 126 compared to my 124, and mine's been up there for about 3 weeks longer.

Well done Malissa!


Well done Mallisa! Your art is very charming!
Posted: Friday, March 01, 2019 7:44:07 AM
Thanks Mark and Shelli! I just took a look and it’s at 128 now! Crossing my fingers some of those downloads translate to some views and sales!
Posted: Saturday, March 02, 2019 8:50:13 AM
Hi Mark, I am inching up on 100 posters for my ebook. I wanted to do 240 but it is taking much longer than I expected to get there so I wanted to ask you if 100 pages is a good size to shoot for on the first ebook and then do a 2nd one later? I am anxious to get one going!

Posted: Saturday, March 02, 2019 9:42:33 AM
Shelli Fitzpatrick wrote:
Hi Mark, I am inching up on 100 posters for my ebook. I wanted to do 240 but it is taking much longer than I expected to get there so I wanted to ask you if 100 pages is a good size to shoot for on the first ebook and then do a 2nd one later? I am anxious to get one going!


100 would work - it's more than any that I and others have done.
Posted: Saturday, March 02, 2019 10:28:37 AM
HightonRidley wrote:
Shelli Fitzpatrick wrote:
Hi Mark, I am inching up on 100 posters for my ebook. I wanted to do 240 but it is taking much longer than I expected to get there so I wanted to ask you if 100 pages is a good size to shoot for on the first ebook and then do a 2nd one later? I am anxious to get one going!


100 would work - it's more than any that I and others have done.


Okay thanks! I should be there in a few days if I put my nose to the grind stone.
Posted: Saturday, March 02, 2019 8:08:27 PM
I have decided that 76 is enough for my first Zebook. I will start working on another collection for a volume 2 and see how this one goes in the mean time.

I finished the collection tonight and will give it a day or two to index before I submit it.
Posted: Monday, March 04, 2019 11:12:44 AM
Shelli Fitzpatrick wrote:
I have decided that 76 is enough for my first Zebook. I will start working on another collection for a volume 2 and see how this one goes in the mean time.

I finished the collection tonight and will give it a day or two to index before I submit it.

Done! Your ebook is here for you to download:
https://niftytoolz.com/npcp/ebooks/ebook-store.html#shellifitpatrick-fa1
Thanks so much for ordering it, Shelli Roses Roses
Posted: Monday, March 04, 2019 3:18:16 PM
HightonRidley wrote:
Shelli Fitzpatrick wrote:
I have decided that 76 is enough for my first Zebook. I will start working on another collection for a volume 2 and see how this one goes in the mean time.

I finished the collection tonight and will give it a day or two to index before I submit it.

Done! Your ebook is here for you to download:
https://niftytoolz.com/npcp/ebooks/ebook-store.html#shellifitpatrick-fa1
Thanks so much for ordering it, Shelli Roses Roses


Got it, it looks amazing and I love it! Thank you for offering this service! I am excited and looking forward to publishing it for downloads. I already have a Kindle account and I signed up for Many books not too long ago.

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