Practical Ecommerce

12 Platforms to Sell Digital Downloads

For merchants and creators of digital goods, there are a variety of ecommerce platforms focused on selling downloads directly to consumers. With these tools, merchants can control download and pricing structure, branding, and where their products are sold.

Here is a list of platforms to sell digital downloads. There are simple platforms to sell basic digital goods, and there are advanced platforms for subscription systems and secure digital management.

SendOwl

SendOwl.

SendOwl was started in 2010 as an easy solution for selling digital products —downloads, memberships, subscriptions — directly from a website. Use drip functionality to release your product over time. SendOwl features an built-in affiliate system, pre-checkout and post-payment upsells, discount codes, and pay-what-you-want pricing. Customers can pay with a credit card, PayPal, Apple Pay, and even Bitcoin. Price: Standard plan is $15 per month for 30 products and 3 GB storage.

FetchApp

FetchApp.

Started as an app for Shopify, FetchApp is a simple way to sell digital products — music, videos, photos, ebooks, PDFs, software — from a website, blog, social network, or ecommerce platform. Accept payments through PayPal, Goodsie, BigCommerce, Shopify, and more. FetchApp automatically emails a secure download link when orders are received. Price: Free up to 5 MB storage. Premium plans start at $5 per month for 50 MB storage.

FastSpring

FastSpring.

FastSpring is a full-featured digital commerce platform for software, software-as-a-service, content, and anything-as-a-service. FastSpring offers multiple subscription structures, branded order pages, usage tracking, testing tools, affiliate partners, full CSS control, fraud screening, tax and remittance tools, chargebacks, and more. Digital rights management enables you to securely offer your products on a free trial or sale basis while protecting your intellectual property. Give your customers a localized experience via multiple payment methods, multi-currency support, and multi-language support. Price: Pay-as-you-go is 5.95 percent + 95¢ per transaction. Business plan starts at $199 per month.

Sellfy

Sellfy.

Sellfy is a platform for digital creators to sell ebooks, comics, design assets, music, video, and any other type of digital file. Sell your digital products with a customizable Sellfy storefront. Showcase your product through previews from YouTube, Vimeo, and SoundCloud. Sellfy allows up to 2 GB of space per file and unlimited bandwidth. Upload and sell as many products as you want. Offer PayPal or the Stripe payment gateway. Price: Starter plan has a 5 percent transaction fee. Professional plan is $15 per month with a 2 percent transaction fee.

Gumroad

Gumroad.

Gumroad is an all-in-one solution for artists, authors, and other creators to sell their work directly to consumers. Sell digital, including subscriptions, license keys, and pre-orders. With Gumroad, you can sell physical goods as well. Offer codes and multiple product formats. Sell in multiple currencies or have your customers pay what they want. Price: Starts at $10 a month and 3.5 percent + 30¢ per charge.

Pulley

Pulley.

Use Pulley to easily embed “Buy Now” buttons into any website, blog, and email, as well as on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. The money goes directly to your PayPal account. View real-time statistics as well as complete order and download history. Integrate with an ecommerce store through Big Cartel. Price: Plans start at $6 per month for up to 25 products and 100 MB storage.

Simple Goods

Simple Goods.

Simple Goods is an easy solution to sell digital goods on your website or blog by embedding a checkout. Integrate with websites using WordPress, Squarespace, or Tumblr. Or, create a unique link and checkout page for each one of your products using Simple Goods without needing a website or blog. Price: Plans start at three products for 3 percent transaction fee. Ten products for $9 per month and 1 percent transaction fee.

Selz

Selz.

Selz is a platform to create customizable stores to sell digital and physical products. Sell your digital files, such as ebooks, videos, music, tutorials, themes, and templates. Automate delivery straight to your buyer with options to download, stream, save to Dropbox, or send to Kindle. Rent your films and video tutorials with limited-time streaming. Set download limits to prevent customers sharing your products. Use Selz Pay, PayPal, or 2Checkout to process all major cards and PayPal payments. Charge in roughly 100 currencies. Calculate real-time shipping rates during checkout for domestic and international shipments. Price: Sell up to five items for 2 percent transaction fee. Unlimited products plans start at $11.50 per month and 2 percent transaction fee.

DPD

DPD.

DPD — Digital Product Delivery — is a digital publishing platform to sell and deliver downloadable digital content. Manage multiple stores through one DPD account. Sell across multiple sites through one central dashboard. Stamp PDF ebooks with the buyer’s info, then encrypt them to prevent printing or copying text. Sell downloads, services, tangibles, or key codes. No per-sale fee, just flat monthly pricing. Price: Plans start at $10 per month for 20 products and 1 GB storage.

E-junkie

E-junkie.

E-junkie is another simple shopping cart with flat monthly pricing to sell digital and physical goods. Embed its checkout into your site. Customers can pay with a choice of multiple payment processors. After checkout, automate the download of files and codes. E-junkie supports the sale of physical products with tax and shipping calculation and inventory management. Price: Plans start at $5 per month for 10 products and 200 MB storage.

Plasso

Plasso.

The mission of Plasso is to make growing an online business accessible to anyone. To that end, the platform provides simple tools for businesses to sell digital and physical goods, send invoices, and get paid. Sell your digital goods and files — ebooks, videos, music, or other digital products. Create a membership or subscription business. Charge for services, accept donations, sell pre-orders, and more. Receipts, shipment notifications, upcoming charges, and more are all automatically sent to your customers. Price: Basic plan has 4 percent transaction fee. Premium is $41 per month with a 1 percent transaction fee.

Easy Digital Downloads

Easy Digital Downloads.

Easy Digital Downloads is a solution for WordPress merchants to sell digital products. It features discount codes, download activity tracking, and more. Easy Digital Downloads has a built-in reporting platform for easily viewing stats, and making custom reports. Price: Starter package is $108.50. Extensions start from $19.

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  1. Luke Will October 7, 2017 Reply

    I use a system not mentioned here, MadBeeTech at http://www.madbeetech.com. It’s designed for the automated selling of digital downloads. It’s a complete website that has a site builder and shopping cart. When a visitor adds an item to the cart and checks out, he ends up at your PayPal page where he pays by PayPal or credit/debit card.

    The best part I like about it is that once a visitor makes a purchase, he is automatically emailed a message with a link to instantly download the purchased file or files. And I automatically get emailed from PayPal saying the funds are in my PayPal account. I don’t have to do anything regarding sending out the purchased files. It’s only about $3 per month. Works for me.