Can I offer e-books that are hosted on a third party site?
What happens if you want to sell e-books that are hosted outside of Booksies.net? It’s OK to host your e-books through a third party site in the following cases:
- If the file is large (for example; bundles)
- If the resource consists of streaming content
- If the e-books come with a video
To list your resource as a Booksies.net product, the e-book should have restricted access and not be composed of content that is available for free or a lower price somewhere else. We also request that you don’t include links to points of sale on other commercial sites.
Important note: If you choose to host your e-books elsewhere, you should explain in the product description that the resource is stored on another system, so Booksies.net members will know what to expect.
Choosing a hosting provider:
If you decide to provide a Booksies.net resource by third party delivery, it is especially important to remember that Booksies need to be able to access their purchased e-books at any time, and retain access to these e-books even if a Seller removes e-books from active listing. This means that you’ll need to choose a third-party file hosting provider that will remain stable over the long term (i.e. no expiring download links), or keep your access instructions up-to-date if you move the e-books to another system. The most commonly used third-party providers are Dropbox and Google Drive.
Make sure your file has clear and easy to find instructions for accessing your e-books on the third-party system. Your file should include an active link to the third-party site or instructions that can be easily followed by the Buyer. Remember, Booksies are able to download their purchased e-books at any time to any location, even if the e-books is no longer for sale. You can include your Booksies.net store and credits/copyright information in the file as well.
You can use any of our accepted formats, as long as the access instructions are kept current and easy to follow.
As long as you keep your audio/video streams private and up-to-date, you can use YouTube or other streaming audio/video sites for your third-party downloads. Keep in mind that Booksies should not be required to pay to access audio/video that is broken or publicly available.
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