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Informative and well-written

  • Dec 19, 2005
Everyone who sells books on the internet would benefit from reading Steve Weber's "The Home-Based Bookstore." My husband and I began to sell books through this site (the 800 pound gorilla of online book sales) when we ran out of room on our shelves to store our latest acquisitions. We sold over $700 worth of books this year, without even breathing hard, out of a stock of around 200 books (some of them are duds).

This author started selling books as a hobby in 2001, made enough to quit his day job and has sold more than $1 million dollars worth of used books since then. In this book, he teaches us how to do the same.

"The Home-Based Bookstore" is lucidly written and well-organized--one of the best how-to books I've ever had the pleasure of reading--and it is packed with everything you will need to know. There were many surprises for me, especially in the categories of books that sell, how to store your books, and the types of automation tools that are available.

The information that Weber covers is divided into the following sections: "Where to find books;" "What books to buy;" "Where to sell books;" "Grading and pricing books;" "Focus on service;" "Your fulfillment system" (including a practical method for storing your stock--I'd been storing my books in boxes and basically memorizing which box they were in. Not very practical); "Collectible books;" "Advanced Automation;" "Online Postage;" "Taxes, legal requirements, records;'" and "The future of bookselling."

Useful appendices, a glossary of terms, and an index round out the book.

I hope the author is wrong about the future of 'brick and mortar' bookstores, because I still love a good browse through their stock. Often I find books I didn't know I was looking for, which is something that is still hard to do online. Other than this slight murmur of distress, I can whole-heartedly recommend this book.

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Want to know the most profitable, lowest-risk idea for your home business? It's selling used books online, which is growing 33 percent annually, according to a November 2005 study by U.S. publishers.

Here is the complete text of the most popular book about online bookselling of all time: The Home-Based Bookstore: Start Your Own Business Selling Used Books on Amazon, eBay or Your Own Web Site

Learn how to start your business part-time, then work as little or as much as you want. This step-by-step guide, written by one of the most successful and highly rated sellers on Amazon.com and eBay, includes everything you need to know:

-- Where to find books

Find books in your own neighborhood to resell profitably to a worldwide pool of ready buyers. Get the best sources for valuable used books at low prices.

-- Where to sell Learn

How to list your books to sell at the best price on Amazon.com and eBay, and even your own Web store. -- Which books to buy What to look for in fiction, nonfiction, and collectibles to resell at the highest profits.

-- Grading and pricing your books

How to describe and price your books. Learn what buyers are looking for.

-- Handling customers

Tips on handling online book buyers. See the author's time-tested scripts for responding to customer issues. Learn how you can get and maintain high feedback ratings.

-- Fulfilling orders

Easy-to-use ideas for storing, organizing, and shipping your books and handling returns.

-- Automation tools

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ISBN-10: 0977240606
ISBN-13: 978-0977240609
Author: Steve Weber
Genre: Business & Investing, Computers & Internet
Publisher: Weber Books
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