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How to Sell Books on Amazon: The Stay-At-Home Mom's Secret Guide to Selling Used Books on Amazon Paperback – Jul 29 2009

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  • Paperback: 156 pages
  • Publisher: Ophelia Books (June 1 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0578024144
  • ISBN-13: 978-0578024141
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 0.9 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 249 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #472,658 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Christine E. Miller has written an excellent guide for anyone who has, like me, entertained the idea of selling used books online. Looking for a practical step-by-step guide to get you started in this business? Then forget the title of this book if you're not a stay-at-home mom and get this book. From building your inventory to pricing and shipping, this quick, handy reference will teach you the basics you need to know to get your business off to a successful start. Two thumbs up.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Underwritten by Amazon? Feb. 10 2011
By Lynn - Published on
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If Amazon didn't fund this book they should have. It's quite an ad for them. To be fair, Amazon is the biggest online book seller and more sellers use it than any other. However, the entire premise of this book is questionable, and that is that a "stay at home mom" can make money by selling books online. What should have been stressed, because it's true, is that getting around to places where one can buy books, buying them, lugging them home, takes a lot of time away from home. Then there's the daily shipping jaunt, disposing of the ones you can't sell, etc. Not to mention a large enough space at home to store your hundreds of books away from little hands and paws. I have not read a book yet about online book selling that is up to date on what you can actually earn. Between the economy, increased competition, kindle, and Amazon fees, it is very difficult. Don't forget you have to drive to get the books and pay for them, wrap them properly for shipping and pay the postage. Do the math and figure out what you actually stand to make after deducting all these costs.Don't forget to figure in your time. You will be in competition with people who have book scanners that cost around 500 - 700. Can you afford that? It takes a great deal of time and experience to learn what books sell and which don't, and don't believe what you read. Everyone has their own ideas about what sells, and many of them may not work for you.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just what I needed! May 5 2010
By patrick - Published on
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This book was the missing link in my quest to be a full time stay at home Dad.(Yes Dads can use this book too!)
I have been selling used books on Amazon and other venues for a few months and seemed to be hitting a barrier. I have read three other books on the ins and outs of book selling,and they were good and did help,but this book really answered my questions, How many books do I need to stock to make some dough? What is a "ranking" and how does it work?Should I sell fiction,non-fiction,text books?
All these and more got answered in a very easy to understand,fun to read format.
I love the way she writes,it's so personable, and yet very informative.
I totally changed the way I look at books, and began finding absolute treasures that other book scouts had passed up, because I know they have'nt read this book.
This book really helped me FINALLY find my "niche",I can't say enough about Christine Miller and her book, I refer to it daily. Thanks!!
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Some tips help; others aren't relevant to all situations March 31 2012
By British Mystery Buff - Published on
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Christine E. Miller's book about selling books on Amazon (part of the subtitle is "& making thousands of dollars a month")has a few good tips, but the author forgot to mention one thing: There's no way a small volume seller can make any profit against the many, many Mega Sellers who sell books for a penny each on Amazon in order to make about 25-50 cents profit from the shipping credit. Unless you have a warehouse full of books that you got for free, you won't make thousands of dollars in even a year selling books on Amazon. I know this--I've put in many hours of time listing books and am lucky to make $5-$10 per month!
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great asset! May 25 2011
By infiniDeals - Published on
Format: Paperback
This book helped me to earn income selling books online. While one reviewer pointed out that there are costs to being in the book selling business, (such as gas, postage, a scanner, etc.); in my experience as a successful self-employed business owner for over 10 years, there are costs to being in any business. I consider the book to be a great guide because the author shows step by step how to create income from book sales. I used this book and followed the steps and generated income on Amazon in the range of $750 my first month part-time. As I stated, perhaps I'm different from some book sellers, since I already had experience setting up and managing different businesses, but this book does provide a step by step guide to help anyone earn money at home. I think the author breaks down the steps in a way that anyone could follow. She inspired me, as do all parents who find a way to work from home to be with their children. I've loaned my copy to several relatives and I don't think any of them put the ideas into practice. Working from home is different than working at a job and you do have to spend money to make money. You also have to devote time to activities that don't immediately produce income. I did not make selling books online my primary stay at home mom business because I have other businesses and 3 busy kids that keep me super busy. However, as a part time business I made good money and I totally believe that if a person devoted closer to full time hours to it, they'd make very good money.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exactly What I Needed to Get Started! Aug. 19 2009
By Rod Milliken - Published on
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I'm not a stay-at-home mom, but like the author, I didn't want to take a huge risk or come up with much start-up cash. The author herself started with $100 and built a profitable business from there, so this was exactly the example I needed. It was also extremely helpful to have someone detail what I could expect, financially, and how much time and effort I would need to put into the business to accomplish my own financial objectives. She starts with the moment she heard about a stay-at-home-mom who made $20,000 her first year selling books on Amazon and takes you step-by-step from there, sharing lots of techniques and strategies. She does stress how hard she had to work to build an inventory of books quickly enough to make money early on, it's not a get rich quick scheme, but you get a good idea of what to expect, so you'll know whether or not it's something you're up for. I bought a few other books on the subject, but I found this new one to be the only one I needed. One other was too general and another too pricey with more focus on accounting and taxes and less on finding books, while this author spends a lot of time on book finding and selecting,which is really the first thing you need to get started. I was also warned off of buying anything too dated, since the information needed is based on online selling which is a moving target, so whether you choose this book or another, I would offer the same advice. But this book would be my first recommendation.