- File Size: 2285 KB
- Print Length: 228 pages
- Publication Date: October 7, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B009NK3FTG
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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Online Bookselling: A Practical Guide With Detailed Explanations And Insightful Tips Kindle Edition
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off and on this last week and will be in contact with Amazon in this regard for selling. I had many questions that have been answered
with this book. This author leaves nothing to the imagination he knows his business and relays it in this book with no reservation.
The info. I found to be most useful included:
- Detailed information about the meaning of the numbers on the barcodes of books (I'm not referring to the ISBN numbers. I'm talking about the 5 numbers above the barcode that previously held no meaning for me before reading this book. Information about the meaning of ISBNs IS included, but if you're already a bookseller, you probably know about these.)
- Economical way to make your own bookshelves in limited space
- Very interesting y-intercept/slope equation Mr. Mould came up with that shows a high correlation between the ranking number of a book and the number of days it takes to sell it. (I always wondered why we had to learn y-intercept/slope in high school. (lol) It's nice to finally be able to apply it in real life.)
- "Firewood" vs. Keepers - He shows you the information for several books (ranking, used $, new $, etc.) he looked up while out bookscouting using his look-up service. Then, he tells you if its a keeper or not and explains why. Pretty cool!)
- Advantages/Disadvantages of selling on various online marketplaces
- Chart illustrating the cost of postage vs. package weight (It will make you think twice about using Priority Mail as an incentive for your customers.)
- Info. about legal structures and business plans (for those interested in making their online bookselling a legal business)
- Sample Business Plan Projection chart and Break-Even Analysis chart (as well as the Excel spreadsheets for these found on the CD)
- Detailed information concerning bookkeeping and records
- Various appendices that provide lists of various services and their corresponding web addresses (The services for online postage, re-pricing tools, inventory management, and look-up services were the ones I found most useful.)
The book is very detailed and brutally honest. As noted by the author, this is not a "get rich quick" method for making money, and he does a good job conveying this to the reader. He emphasizes the hard work, dedication, and motivation required to make an online bookselling business successful.
In my opinion, the majority of the information is for those new to the business. However, as noted previously, it does include a wealth of info./tips for those who already sell online. I found some of the information included in various sections to be redundant at times. For example, in more than one section the author discusses the disadvantages of always setting your price as the lowest price (low-balling). The information in the shipping section regarding Media Mail and Priority Mail is also redundant at times. However, these topics are important, so I suppose I understand the need for emphasis.
One topic I wish the book would have discussed in more detail concerns the types of books to look for and the types to avoid. Having high-quality books in one's inventory is essential to earning big profits and can ultimately mean the difference between success and failure, so I wish there were more details about this topic. However, the other useful information I listed above made up for this.
To sum up, this is a stellar reference book for those interested in selling books online and those who are already in the business. I definitely plan to keep this one on my personal bookshelf for future reference!
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