Weightless Books is a one-stop DRM-free ebooksite for interesting independent presses. We are not open to all publishers or to individual authors yet but are slowly adding more publishers as we build the site. If you would like your books added, please email us. This page is a work in progress. Feel free to email us with any questions.
Formats: We are happy to sell whatever DRM-free ebook formats you prefer: PDFs, EPUBs, audiobooks, etc. We can sell just a PDF (e.g.) or many formats (e.g.). EPUB is our most popular format, followed by MOBI, PDF, and far behind LIT.
Upload/Delivery: Once you have signed on with Weightless we send you a spreadsheet for your titles. When we receive the spreadsheet (and your files via Dropbox, etc.), we will check it over and add them to the site. Files are requested at least two working days before the publication date. We are working on accepting ONIX feeds. We are also signed on as a retailer through Ingram’s CoreSource ebook distribution program.
Schedule: We release new titles every Tuesday. Monthly magazines are released on the date requested by the publisher, usually the first of the month.
Reports: You will receive a publisher log in to the site where you can see sales in real time.
- Individual titles: publishers receive a 50% royalty on the net sales.
- Subscriptions: Publishers receive a 75% royalty on the net sales based on how many issues were delivered in that period. (i.e. We do not pay for issues until they are delivered.)
- Aborted subscriptions: If you decide to stop publishing a magazine, we reimburse subscribers for the value of their remaining issues (see FAQ). Because PayPal does not officially allow refunds after 60 days, we subtract the reimbursement fees from the publisher’s royalties.
- Royalties: Paid within 30 days after the end of each quarter by either PayPal or check.
- Tax ID: Before we pay royalties, we will send you a W9 to get your tax number (SSN for sole props., EIN for LLCs, etc.) for your 1099 Misc which we send out in January.
- Sales and promotions: Sales are of course very popular and we are happy to run promotions for individual presses. Subscription drives go over very well, too.
Fees: There are no set up fees.
DRM: We don’t do DRM.
Links/Buttons: The most successful publishers on Weightless link to this site, mention Weightless in ads, on Twitter, etc. You can either use the isbn or title to link to titles on Weightless. We have Paypal-style buttons available for use. Affiliate links are also popular.