eBooks As A Fundraising Idea

eBooks are getting a ton of attention and are seeing explosive growth rates in terms of demand in the bookselling world.  Quarter over quarter and year over year, they are growing at rates of almost 200% amongst readers of all ages.  Not only are there huge benefits for readers, there are exciting new no/low-cost publishing options with huge return potential.  Under free programs such as Barnes & Noble’s Pubit!Amazon’s Kindle Direct, and new eBook publishing businesses such as Smashwords.com; individuals and groups such as parishes can create a book in Word and upload their book to be available for sale within a few days to millions of readers.

How could you use this to raise funds?  Pretty simple actually.  For example, we are putting a project together right now in which we will solicit faith stories from parishioners and compile the stories into a book.  We plan to use volunteers broken up into small groups for gathering contributions and editing, cover art, and a marketing/advertising group.  Once the book is completed we’ll upload it, price it reasonably (less is more), and announce it to the world.  The cost . . . nothing, and each sale can yield 65%-70% payout.  You can theme this alot of different ways obviously such as a parish cook book.

There are other great benefits as well.  One you are doing something as a community.  You’re fundraising can be taken to a whole new level as purchasing power is expanded out to the entire country.  You can use it as an educational opportunity for young people teaching them to properly use the technology.  And since the book can be out there for many years with “out of print” not being an issue, the fundraising can take on a long-term aspect.

Here’s an eBook I created, uploaded, and was available for sale in less than 24 hours.  Have fun!


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Author:Brad West

I live in Palm Coast, FL with my family and have assisted my local parish with our website and communications. Our parishes today can benefit a great deal from technology. Whether it's improving communications, community building, evangelizing, business operations, and much more; we have the tools today. To help provide some direction and advice to parishes and parishioners, I wrote and published an eBook titled "The Connected Church" which is available through Barnes and Noble (Nooks and Nook apps) as well as Amazon (Kindle and Kindle apps).
  • http://catholicservant.com Craig

    Brad, great ideas here.

    The last I looked into self-publishing, it was where you could build your own PRINT copy of a book and was a way for those without a publishing deal to create small runs.

    But now that the kindle/nook/ibook market is blowing up…that changes everything.

    • Brad

      Exactly, Craig. These new publishing services allow you to simply build the book in Word and upload it. Within 24-72 hours the ebook is available to millions of people. Likewise, with all the apps available on tablets you are not limited to accessing readers on one particular device either. Amazing stuff in the publishing and book worlds.

  • http://catholicservant.com Craig Berry

    Do they allow building it in a PDF?

  • Brad

    Some services will accept PDF, but the easiest is simply uploading the original Word document. The services I mentioned all convert the file to protected format. The services typically also allow for uploading in a variety of formats including HTML.

  • http://profiles.google.com/kateharperdesigns Harper Designs

    this is a great article.  I posted part of it on my blog with a link back to yours http://ebookchatter.blogspot.com/2011/05/ebooks-as-fundraising-idea.html