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A "must read" if you are an online bookseller (or want to be)...

  • Dec 7, 2005
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Yes, I play around with selling a bit on Amazon. I've done OK, but I've had to learn as I went. Now everything I should have known up front is in a nice concise book... The Home-Based Bookstore - Start Your Own Business Selling Used Books on Amazon, eBay, or Your Own Web Site by Steve Weber. Bottom line, you need this book if selling books is something you're interested in...

Contents: Why Online Bookselling?; Where to Find Books; What Books to Buy; Where to Sell Books; Grading and Pricing Books; Focus on Service; Your Fulfillment System; Collectible Books; Advanced Automation; Online Postage; Taxes, Legal Requirements, Records; The Future of Bookselling; Remainder Book Wholesalers; New Book Wholesalers; Shipping Supply Vendors; Amazon Best Practices; More Resources; Further Reading; Glossary; Index

The author contacted me and asked if I'd be interested in reviewing this book. Since it's a subject of interest to me, I gladly accepted. I'm so glad I did. Weber has condensed down a tremendous amount of hard-earned wisdom and advice into a concise 167 pages. If you've never sold books online before, you'll quickly learn why it's an appealing hobby (or a full-time business like it is for him). You'll also get started off on the right foot in terms of picking your selling avenues as well as making sure you have a satisfied customer base. If you're already a seller, there's also tips and techniques you can use to take your selling to a new level. For instance, maintaining an inventory of 10 to 20 books for sale is no big deal. But what if you have 100 to 200? How do you quickly find the right book (or the right copy of the book) that was purchased? He explains a SKU system that is simple in concept but that would work and scale with no problems. There are also plenty of references to other sites and vendors that offer tools you can use, like software to look up Amazon pricing via a wireless connection so you can decide whether to spend $5 on a book at an estate sale that might be worth 10 times that on Amazon. And you can find out *now*!

Even more impressive to me (as a person who reviews a *lot* of books) is that this is a self-published title. Most authors who go that route end up with a book that either is rough when it comes to presentation and editing, or they just don't have enough of an audience to justify the involvement of a major publisher. In this case, I found the writing to be smooth and the content to be solid. Every chapter is useful and deserves to be there. If this had been labeled a "Pocket Guide" or "Dummies" series title, I don't think the writing style and content would have to have been modified much. It's obvious that Weber is not only just a successful seller, but he also reads and understands the art of writing.

Obviously, this isn't the type of book that will appeal to everyone. If your life doesn't revolve around books (like mine does), the concept of selling a book or two every couple of months on Amazon probably doesn't cause you any excitement. But if this type of activity appeals to you in the least, The Home-Based Bookstore is the place to start... Highly recommended.

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review by . December 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 …
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The advent of the web has generated many opportunities. One that many have taken advantage of is the ability to develop and manage an online business. The literature and news media is full of examples of people who are selling some type of wares on e-bay and other online auction sites. Weber has followed in the footsteps of Jeff Bezos and Amazon.com in developing an online bookstore. Bezos was a visionary when he realized that people would be eager to purchase new books online and then experienced …
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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

Maximize your efficiency with these ...
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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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