Nowadays, one of the options open to writers is that of publishing and selling their e-books online. A question that tends to come up, when writers are given that particular piece of information, is as to how they would receive payments for such e-books (that are published and sold online).
Now the first way in which you can receive payments for e-books published and sold online would be through a check. The idea would be for you to pick the check, and then deposit it at your bank, in order to eventually get the money in it (once the check goes through the clearing system).
The second way in which you can receive payments for e-books published and sold online would be through an online payment system, like PayPal.
The third way in which you can receive payments for e-books published and sold online would be through direct deposit. You can, for instance, take one of the cards offered at walmartmoneycard.com which is essentially an online money card and then use it for receiving your payments. The people undertaking the e-books marketing on your behalf would be depositing (or rather loading) the earnings into the card, after which you can proceed to withdraw the money from an ATM in the ordinary way. This is much more convenient than, say, using paper checks.