What has facilitated this change to our online catalog?
our members have published over 700 books, which means creating and maintaining over 1400 links; additionally, when a new release is added the genre pages have to be redone to insert the book,
our webpage supports selling electronic data, and
if we did direct selling of our eBooks, we stop redirecting viewers away from our website.
What are the benefits of direct selling? The benefits to members is they will earn at least a 52% royalty on their sales. (see chart)
The benefits to visitors is they can buy eBooks from multiple authors in one transaction.
The benefits to NIWA, it earns a small royalty on sales that will help fund the website. Also, it simplifies the catalog updating process.
Being realistic, sales will be non-existent to low at the start. Once people become more comfortable with us, sales may pick up. There are quite a few people who refuse to do business with a particular online retailer, so this gives them another option.
Note: Royalties will be paid out quarterly (April 1st, July 1st, October 1st and January 1st).