The RCadvisor Store is completely revamped. So what can be exciting about a new electronic shopping cart?
Although 95% of my book sales are through online bookstores like Amazon, I get enough direct orders to warrant a good online shopping experience through this website. What I’ve also noticed is that I get a lot of orders from those that do not want to buy my books from an online bookstore, for whatever reason. Some are not comfortable entering a credit card number online. Others want to buy direct to help me out (thanks!). About 50% of the direct orders are international, and it is not unusual for there to be snags with finding the best way to get their payment to me.
New Payment Options
I’ve always supported receiving payments via PayPal. I’ve also always been happy to receive a payment by check, but it was never advertised. From some parts of the world, using PayPal to send a payment can be a trying experience.
The RCadvisor Store has new support for Moneybookers and their eWallet service. This service is widely used around the world. I can also receive payment by using a wide choice of credit cards. Many credit cards that are only popular is certain parts of the world are also supported. Mailing me a check or money order is a new and easy to select payment option in the store.
New Shipping Options
Again, I’ve always supported sending packages via the United States Postal Service (USPS). But now you can also choose the United Parcel Service (UPS) and Federal Express (FedEx). Depending on where in the world you live, you may have a strong preference for one over the other.
New Shopping Cart Software
Nothing makes me more nervous when I’m shopping online than having to use shopping cart software that just doesn’t inspire much confidence. The new store is now using a world class e-commerce web application. It’s a delight to use and to work with it.
I now have the option of selling eBooks. Truth is, my books have been available as eBooks through Google Books for quite some time now. Problem is, Google takes a very big commission on each eBook sale. If your strong preference is for an electronic version of my books, by all means go and get yourself a copy. Up until now, that was the only option.
My plan is to write some shorter, more focused books that make sense to have as eBooks on this website. I’ll most likely make printed and eBooks versions available at the same time. What do you think?