Speaking of digital, which we were, and of those — and there are many — who think giving 30 percent of most everything to mega-middleman Apple is not a good thing, Warren Ellis points us towards the Not .99 Method whereby you can sell comics for devices at any price you wish and not share a penny with ANY middleman.
This friendly 3-step method highlights uses common free online services (PayPal, Gmail & Google Docs) but feel free to make your own substitutions based on personal preference, terms of service and transaction cost.
STEP ONE: PAYMENT
Many established online banks now offer a free “pay-by-SMS” service. I prefer (love, actually) PayPal’s version.
A) Open a PayPal account and associate it with your phone number and email address.
B) Set a unique price for each product you wish to sell (Example: $ 0.33) (Not .99!)
C) Create a “point of sale” using your unique price. This can as simple or complex as your marketing strategy requires.
The step-by-step goes on from there — it’s a bit wonky as a workaround, but nothing most of us couldn’t master in an hour or so. The sizable DIY community should pick up on this very quickly.