I have been a fan of this book since it was first released and have subsequently given it to a few of my friends. They have had varying degrees of success, ranging from highly successful to mediocre. I have read other books on the subject of selling books online, but this is the one that really paved the way for me. It was the most helpful, up to date, all-inclusive and systematic in its teaching approach, so it was the one I chose to pass on to others. It contains everything you need to know about the specifics, like signing up, listing books, collecting money, e-mailing customers and so on. But there are a few things that really set it apart from other books on the subject. First is the author's writing style, which made it easy to read. I think someone said that it had an interesting touch of the writing style used to make books like "Rich Dad, Poor Dad" accessible, which I found to be true, and it certainly doesn't read like an owner's manual of instructions, as others have mentioned. Another thing that separates it from others is the heavy focus on finding and selecting books. It does a very good job of giving you a clear picture of what you will be looking for when you go out "book scouting," even listing the types of books that are likely to bring in the most money, and describing the best practices used to find books that may otherwise fly under the radar. The author includes issues of regional differences and timing, when finding books, which I found extremely useful in building my own business. But for me one of the most helpful aspects of this particular book, that I have not seen elsewhere, is the way the author goes through the process that she went through when she got started, step-by-step, presenting information about how to start slow with little investment, how much money you could expect to make each step of the way, how many books you need to have in your inventory to make a good profit (I think she calls it a books to profit ratio), how to go from a small business to a full-scale business, and how many hours you can expect to spend working, depending on how much you want to earn. This gave me a good idea of whether or not I could make it work, based on my own situation. But, the reason I wanted to write a new review for the paperback copy, which I just bought for an in-law who is about to retire and needs some extra spending money, is that I have noticed, from watching friends who followed me into the business, using the same book, that the one who was least successful did not follow the author's advice about going out book hunting while the kids are in school, your husband is home (if you have one), or when you have a babysitter for a few hours. You just can't build a decent inventory of books if you're chasing kids around a thrift store or book fair. If you can get a few hours on your own each week, to buy books, you can do the rest while the kids are sleeping or otherwise occupied. I would also recommend taking the author's ideas about timing seriously. Other than that, the book will tell you all you need to know to be successful, I really think it's the best-written book on the subject, and I've read a few, but it's not free money--you will have to work for it. However, you will be in charge of the parameters which makes it challenging and fun, especially if you reach higher financial goals than you go into the business expecting.