One Industry, Many Revenue Models
Digital-publishing platform and e-store
● Takes 10 percent plus 50¢ on e-book sales through its store.
● Takes a 20 percent commission on deals between authors and publishing professionals who connect on the site.
● Negotiates revenuesharing agreements with authors in exchange for editing and marketing services.
Online publisher and PR agency
● Charges authors $4,900 for editing, design, and formatting services. Also takes 40 percent of net print-book sales and 20 percent of net e-book sales, plus a distribution fee.