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Tips for Selling Books on Amazon

Updated on January 11, 2015

Sell Used Books on Amazon

I've been selling used books on Amazon for several years and have learned from trial and error (some trial and a whole lot of error) what works and what doesn't to actually sell books.

Some of these tips for selling books on Amazon surprised me but actually make sense when I thought about it. If you want a relatively easy income stream to make some extra money, consider these tips for selling books on Amazon.

Amazon is like any other online marketplace; there are casual sellers and there are sellers whose sole business is selling books on Amazon. Many people use Amazon to sell books that they don't want any longer.

Other Amazon sellers are hardcore sellers who treat it like a business, which it is. Either way, use good business practices to be successful selling books on Amazon.

Photo Credit: Peggy Hazelwood

Used books for sale.
Used books for sale.

Open an Amazon Seller Account

Gather Books to Sell

First things first. To sell books on Amazon, you must open an Amazon seller account. This is simple and can be done in a few minutes. You will have to provide your bank account information. Amazon pays directly to sellers' bank accounts. This is safe and convenient. I've never had any problem with this.

Go look at a few listings for books and you'll see that some books are "fulfilled by Amazon" and others are sold by "third party sellers." On Amazon, you will be considered to be a third party seller.

The next step is to find books to consider selling on Amazon. I say "to consider selling" because Amazon is not the place to sell every book you no longer want. It can cost you money, instead of earn you money, to list every book willy nilly without thinking it through. To figure out which books are good candidates, continue reading.

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Gone With the Wind - Use this listing to see the book options for sale.

Popular books and movies like "Gone With the Wind" will always be in demand, and they'll also always be for sale on Amazon. People sell their "gently used" items all day long online. This means that in addition to new versions of "Gone With the Wind," used copies of this classic will also be for sale.

Check out this listing (shown below) to see the New and Used items available and to become familiar with an Amazon listing that includes new and used books.

Specifically, take a look at the listing for the version of GWTW listed below. The main selling price is for a copy of the book that Amazon itself has in stock. This is not the third party seller price. Remember, you will be a third party seller when you sign up to sell on Amazon. Then look down to the little blue box. It contains these Formats of this book: Kindle Edition, Hardcover, Paperback, Mass Market Paperback, and Audible Audio Edition.

Then there are three more columns: Amazon price, New from, and Used from. The "Amazon price" lists books that Amazon sells (they own them and these books qualify for the Free Super Saver Shipping rate when customers spend $25 or more of items that Amazon sells but not books that third party sellers sell).

The "New from" and "Used from" columns list copies of books that third party sellers have listed for sale on Amazon. Those books are more than likely on bookshelves or in boxes in someone's home and will be shipped, as they are ordered, from the individual sellers. The individual seller will ship the books, not Amazon.

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A nonfiction book for sale on Amazon.
A nonfiction book for sale on Amazon.

Sell the Exact Book You Say You Are Selling

Or give a very clear explanation of why yours is different.

The same title of book can have many listings on Amazon. You noticed above in the "Gone with the Wind" listing that Amazon lists books by New, Hardcover, Paperback, Mass Market Paperback, Kindle, and Audible versions.

Find the exact or closest to the exact copy of the book you have for sale. People are particular. Often they know what they want and they will be upset if they order a hardcover book and you listed your paperback by the same title in with the hardbacks. They'll usually demand a refund and you want to keep those problems to a minimum.

With the many versions of the same book for sale on Amazon, it's important to match your book with Amazon's listings. Use your book's ISBN if it has one to search for your book in Amazon's listings. Some older books don't have an ISBN but newer books always do. For more information on ISBNs click this link.

If you can't locate your exact book for whatever reason but lots of similar books with the same title are listed, choose the listing that is closest to yours. The publication date may be off by a year, for example. This is usually not a deal breaker, but be sure to list in the description that your book is similar but with "this year, instead of that year."

Also be sure to use the description area to describe any damage or labels or writing in your copy of the book for sale. Rate it correctly (New, Used-Like New, Used-Very Good, Used-Good, Used-Acceptable) or you may be sorry.

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Thumb Through Your Books

before listing them for sale on Amazon.

I recently had an old children's book from 1927 listed

for sale. An interested customer sent me an email

asking if all of the color plates were intact.

I looked and one was missing.

I hadn't noticed this before. Because of this,

I reduced the price and he bought the book.

Steve Weber -- Amazon Seller Extraordinairre - Learn from an Amazon Expert

I've read "The Home-Based Bookstore" and subscribe to Steve Weber's emails about his Amazon selling experiences. He's an expert.

If you want to learn even more detailed tips for selling books on Amazon, check him out.

Sell rare books on Amazon.
Sell rare books on Amazon.

Make Money Selling Rare Books

Take Advantage of Low Supply

Supply and demand is huge on Amazon as it is in other businesses. The fewer copies of your book title listed on Amazon means the chances of your copy of that same rare book selling are better of course.

If you find books that are not even listed on Amazon, even better. You can name your price. Whether you get that price is another matter, but you can list a rare, out-of-print book for several hundred dollars to see if anyone really wants it. If it doesn't sell in a few weeks or months, gradually lower the price to see if you get a nibble.

Recently, my online friend and fellow Squidoo writer Virginia Allain let me know about a book she sold on Amazon. "Woohoo, just sold a very rare quilting book that I had. I'd posted it on Amazon and on my own web page. It sold for $275. Actually mine was the most expensive of the listings, so they must have liked that it was signed by the author."

Take advantage of books that are signed by listing that information in the description area.

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Sell Books Internationally

If you offer your books for sale to domestic (in the US) and to international buyers (everywhere else), chances are you'll make more sales.

Make sure the international postage that Amazon charges the customer and passes on to you will cover the shipping cost.

Selling Books on Amazon - Books about selling books...

Learn more about selling books online. I know some of the tricks of the trade but we can all learn more!

How to books often sell better than fiction books on Amazon.
How to books often sell better than fiction books on Amazon.

Barcode Scanners to Find Books to Sell

A monthly subscription is needed also.

I used a book scanner for a couple of years to find books to sell on Amazon. I scanned a book's UPC, and the software in the scanner (which I had to update all the time) would notify me if this was a good book to purchase. It gave the following information for the UPC of that book:

- the number of books currently for sale on Amazon

- the highest listed price

- the lowest price

- the book's Amazon ranking

The ranking is the Amazon Bestsellers Rank, which is listed on each product page of Amazon. The smaller the number, the better. For example, if a book is ranked at number 300, that is fabulous. This means that only 299 other books outsell it. I bought books that ranked 1,000 or lower and other higher ranking books on a case by case basis depending on the price.

This same type of device/service can now be purchased as an app for the iPhone and other Smart phones for a fraction of what I paid to use the service and machine I used back in the "olden days."

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Older nonfiction books are often sought after.
Older nonfiction books are often sought after.

List Books at the Right Price

Sell the Exact Book that is Listed on Amazon

Consider these factors when setting your listing price for books to sell on Amazon:

- Look at the prices for the book you have to sell in the existing Amazon listing. These will be listed in the "Used from" column (as mentioned above).

- Be sure to list your books for sale at or above the lowest priced book already for sale. If the book you're going to list has a bunch of copies at 1 cent, forget it. In fact, I don't list anything anymore unless I can list if for at least $5 to $7. It is not worth it to me to go to the trouble for less than that. Look at Amazon's percentage that they take for each sale (this varies depending on if you're a "regular" seller or a ProMerchant) to figure out what your bottom line price is.

- If the existing listing of the book you want to list is $7.95, don't list your book for less than that. Many Amazon sellers have their accounts automated so that if a book's lowest price drops, their book's price automatically drops as well. Do NOT try to undercut other sellers. Just list the book at the existing listing's low price or higher.

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More First-Hand Book-Selling Information - News About Book Selling

Read more about book selling at this book-selling blogs.

Be considerate to buyers:

If you smoke or have pets, you should mention this information in your listing description.

It doesn't matter to most people, but if your books

have a smoky smell, for instance, that might net you

some bad juju (negative comments).

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Out of print books are sometimes sought after.
Out of print books are sometimes sought after.

Nonfiction Versus Fiction Books

Which Sell Better?

Amazon sells nonfiction books right along side fiction books. I've found that both sell well, but there are differences in what sells regarding fiction and nonfiction.

Nonfiction Books

Nonfiction books hold up better than fiction books for resale value, from my experience. People buy how-to books, textbooks, history books, and other nonfiction books to read and keep. Many out-of-print nonfiction books sell well on Amazon.

Fiction Books

I've had the best luck selling fiction books that are not too old. By not too old, I mean just a few months old, maybe six months after publication. For a while I was able to find recent bestsellers at libraries who sold their multiple copies of popular hardcover fiction books to patrons for $2 each. I could take these books home, list them on Amazon, and sell them for at least $12 up to $20 within a few days. The older a fiction book is, the less demand there is for it. This is a general rule, but most of the time it's true.

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Do you really want to sell that book that you received as a gift?
Do you really want to sell that book that you received as a gift?

Reasons NOT to List Certain Books for Sale on Amazon

I have listed books on Amazon that, when they sold, I regretted listing them. Here's why:

- Amazon charges customers $3.99 for shipping and handling when they buy a third party seller's book. This is standard. There are no exceptions for standard shipping. Customers can choose expedited shipping and pay more, but for standard shipping, the customer is charged $3.99 and the seller receives $3.99 to ship the book. There are no exceptions.

- I have sold books that were too heavy to ship using the standard $3.99 shipping and handling fee that Amazon charges customers then passes along to the seller. If a book weighs enough to tip the cost past $3.99, even the cheap Media Mail rate (what many Amazon sellers use to ship books, CDs, and DVDs since they are all media) will not cover the postage cost. Consider this when listing very large and heavy books for sale. If you're able to charge enough for the book in the list price to cover additional shipping costs, great, go for it. If not, don't list that book. Period.

- I wanted to keep the book. This hasn't happened often, but occasionally, I have regretted selling a book on Amazon for one reason or another. When I listed it maybe I thought I was finished with it, but when it sold, I wished I hadn't. Just be sure to think very hard before listing any books that have sentimental value, were gifts, or that you would like to keep for any reason.

Photo of a book given as a gift. Do you really want to sell that book? Photo Credit: Peggy Hazelwood

Shipping Fees

To find out exactly how much your book will cost to ship, stick it in an envelope or box with padding and/or wrapping. Take it to the post office.

Find a zip code far, far away and ask the clerk how much it would cost to ship it via Media Mail. That's your answer.

A Few More Notes on Shipping

Use Delivery Confirmation to Track Books

As mentioned earlier, Amazon charges customers a flat $3.99 for shipping and handling (S&H) when they order a third party seller book. So, you, the third party seller, receive $3.99 for S&H.

If I can't list a heavy or large book for enough to cover any extra S&H, I don't bother listing it. I don't like to break even on my book sales or even make just a few bucks. Listing the book for sale, packaging the book to ship, and going to the post office are tasks that take time. I like to make at least $4 or $5 per book, but that's just my threshold. As a book seller you can do whatever you want.

Most smallish books can be shipped Media Mail (this service used to be called Book Rate) for less than $3. Sometimes for very thin, light books, First Class is cheaper, so I have the Post Office clerk weigh it and tell me which is cheaper and go with that. If you sell a lot of books, buying a postal scale and buying postage online would be a very wise and convenient way to go.

To relieve headaches, consider using Delivery Confirmation to track your book sales. If you go to the Post Office, the rate is 75 or 80 cents last I checked, but if you buy postage online, the rate is much cheaper, which makes that an attractive alternative.

UPDATE: When the new Post Office rates changed in early 2013, Delivery Confirmation is now free with many services like Priority Mail. Check your Post Office for specifics.

Packing Supplies to Ship Books, CDs, DVDs

Keep shipping supplies on hand so you can ship books out in a timely manner. Good customer service is key to getting good feedback and making more sales.

Amazon's policy is for sellers to ship order in 2 days,

Find Books to Sell at a Profit - Keep Your Eyes Open for Books to Sell

These are great places to look for used books to resell on Amazon. Also check garage sales, church sales, thrift stores, dollar stores, and neighbors, friends, and family who may be happy to have you take old books off their hands.

Affiliate Disclosure

This author, Peggy Hazelwood, participates in Amazon, eBay, All Posters, and other affiliate advertising programs. When you click an advertising link on this page and make a purchase, I receive a small percent of the sale. Thank you for reading this far!

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      BarbaraCasey 

      4 years ago

      Great information... and timely. Thanks!

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      sha-ron 

      4 years ago

      I sold a few books on ebay but never even thought of selling on Amazon. worth thinking about though

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      Dawnyasasse 

      4 years ago

      This has been a positive experience for me and I continue to sell books today. It's really easy once you learn the system. Books are everywhere so they are easy to find once you are in BOOK MODE. Thanks for your great lens.

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      BenjaminFrancs 

      4 years ago

      I tried it before. Maybe I'll give it another shot someday. I ended up paying for a professional seller's account which had a monthly charge. In addition, they were taking fees from the books as they sold.I ended up on the negative end, because I didn't get enough sales to cover the monthly fee. The account I signed up for was accidental. They wouldn't take the charge off of my account. I ended up paying more than the amount of book sales on my account. Then my account was suspended and they continued to sale the books I had listed, but I couldn't fulfill the orders, because I didn't have access to the information. It was a mess for me. I didn't have enough books people wanted.

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      CaztyBon 

      4 years ago

      I have wanted to do this for awhile but haven't tried it yet. Thanks for the tips

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      SteveKaye 

      5 years ago

      Great ideas. I'll add a push for your advice about smoking. I've bought books that came from a smoker, and they smelled awful. We're very sensitive to smells in our home. So I eventually discarded these books, which means some people would have returned them.

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      blestman lm 

      5 years ago

      I sold books on Amazon before. My best was where I bought one new for 35 dollarsa nd sold it for $175. Most books I only make a couple of bucks.

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      Gayle Dowell 

      5 years ago from Kansas

      I've thought about selling our books on Amazon before. I've sold some through garage sales before, and like you, on some books, have regretted it later. I love books and they are hard to part with.

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      sybil watson 

      5 years ago

      I've been thinking about doing this for a long time but I had so many questions, which you've answered with this great lens. Can't wait to get started!

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      ConvenientCalendar 

      5 years ago

      Great lens! I sell baseball cards now, but have books might be looking to sell! Great advice

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      gottaloveit2 

      5 years ago

      Read, digested, and inspired. Love this idea. It was wonderful meeting you, finally. Blessed!

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      shahedashaikh 

      5 years ago

      No not yet tried, but what of packing and dispatch, could you please specify how you go about it. Helpful lens!

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      kathysart 

      5 years ago

      I buy books on Amazon but have never tried selling them. I guess I just hate to part with any of my books.. even the bad ones I have no interest in reading. Too funny I know. Great lens that warrants a purple star for sure! Yay.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      5 years ago from United States

      I have been selling on eBay for over a decade now, but I have considered offering some of my books on Amazon. This article is full of excellent advice and suggestions for selling on either site, but I didn't know about the barcode scanner. What a really cool tip! I have bookmarked this lens for future reference for when I am actually ready to dive into the Amazon selling waters. Oh, and I have also blessed this excellent advice.

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      Correction on the shipping seller get from Amazon. They make it "sound" like you get $3.99 to ship standard. It is really $2.64 after Amazon takes their skim off it. Likewise, with Expedited shipping, they say you get $6.99 - no, the BUYER pays $6.99. The seller gets $5.64. Most sellers lose money on shipping when the books are heavy, so beware.

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      Chocolatealchemy 

      5 years ago from London, United Kingdom

      Great Lens -thanks for all this very useful info. Am thinking of selling some of our books that we won't read again on Amazon.

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      Sandy Mertens 

      5 years ago from Wisconsin

      I have sold my daughter's textbooks as a seller. So some books on Amazon as an affiliate. Thanks for the help here.

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      JordanWalker LM 

      5 years ago

      Really glad I read this. I am trying to get into selling more of my book on Amazon. Thanks for the great lens.

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      hsschulte 

      5 years ago

      Ok, you convinced me to open my sales to international markets. :) I'm loving Amazon sales!

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      I just started back in April and, between Amazon and eBay, have made about $7,000 profit. Most went to a credit card balance and a wedding ring, but now I've even set up an online bank account for my "bookstore". Feel free to look me up and see how it's done :-)

      One little correction to your article: Media Mail doesn't change depending on the zip code. The rates are flat for domestic shipping - just depends on the weight.

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      CampingmanNW 

      5 years ago

      An informative lens for sure. Thank you.

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      rasnasah 

      5 years ago

      Great and informative lens.

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      Rose Jones 

      5 years ago

      I have sold on Amazon - and it is a great way to make that first buck or so online. You don't have to even take the pictures - they come up automatically. I made enough money last year to claim it on my taxes - be sure you deduct shipping costs, postage, even the mileage to the post office I think. (I ended up with an overall loss of almost $2000 after hosting, book packaging, courses and ebooks etc for my Internet business - but that was great because it offset my W-2 earnings.) People will give you books too if you pick them up - just advertise in Craigslist. Pinned to my board "Internet Marketing Potpourri" sent out by digg and blessed.

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      darciefrench lm 

      5 years ago

      I've sold books on Amazon in the past - after I found squidoo though I got tired of wrapping and going to the post office ;) Many blessings to you this holiday season

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      Jo-Jackson 

      5 years ago

      I have only sold on ebay before and didn't even know you could sell through Amazon, so this was very informative.

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      Carolan Ross 

      5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      I've sold some books on amazon, they certainly do make the listing process simple since you enter the ISBN# and are nearly done! I like that, but the books usually sold for such a low price that I didn't stay with it for very long. At one time I had some pretty good success selling books on eBay since you can list sets of several books in one listing there. I sold sets in topic categories and also author sets, and that felt more worth the time to deal with the related tasks like especially shipping. Shipped 20 books in one box one time, think the lot sold for around $60 so only $3 eachm but only ONE shipping task.

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      Linda Jo Martin 

      5 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      I've sold a few books in the long-distant past and am considering selling a lot more.

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      jillian22 

      5 years ago

      I'm was checking the other day on another web site that said they don't buy certain books - the book was a yoga book - Now what?

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      candy47 

      5 years ago

      I'm just getting started selling books on Amazon. Very helpful lens. Thanks!

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      siobhanryan 

      5 years ago

      This is brillant blessed

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      Emaily LM 

      5 years ago

      It's helpful for me, great lens.

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      Thanks for sharing your experience and very helpful tips for the beginning bookseller :)

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      AlexBPearl 

      5 years ago

      Nice lens. Look out for mine. It's raising money for homeless kids. See www.squidoo.com/raising-money-for-homeless-kids

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      RosaMorelli 

      5 years ago

      I've been thinking for a while of selling all the hundreds of books I amassed as an undergrad, but your article has made me think twice - which is a good thing, because reading about some of the pitfalls like postage costs, I think I'd end up losing out. Thanks for the information, it's good to be aware of the difficulties *before* I hit the problems!

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      rooshoo 

      5 years ago

      I've never sold books on Amazon, but I've sold thousands of old CDs and DVDs. I was totally shocked at how quick the orders came in, in fact, I eventually stopped because it became too much work, and I got sick of going to the post office everyday!

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      nifwlseirff 

      5 years ago

      I find Amazon's limit on postage (that they pay sellers) is quite a bit less than what the seller must pay (over a Euro lower than actual postage). Quite frustrating really! Is there any way to sell a set of books, a series, which has never been sold as a package before?

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      sherioz 

      5 years ago

      This is an excellent lens. You are very thorough here and make it seem really possible to make some money selling books. I wonder, though, what it would be like for someone outside the US to sell books on Amazon. Wonder if you have thoughts on that.

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      getmoreinfo 

      5 years ago

      I have always wanted to sell books on amazon, thanks for the information. Blessings.

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      C A Chancellor 

      5 years ago from US/TN

      I used to sell books periodically on Amazon but I don't do it very often these days. Amazon takes more fees than it used to, and many books are listed so cheaply that it's not worth the effort -- I'd rather just give them to the library when I'm done with them.

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      I used to sell on ebay but like you say some books sold others not.

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      Gregory Moore 

      5 years ago from Louisville, KY

      I've been very interested in publishing and listening to several podcasts to learn more about it. It is definitely attractive.

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      bossypants 

      5 years ago

      Sadly, I gave away my excess books when we moved, or I would have books to sell on Amazon! After our friend Nancy Carol had such success, I had to check out your advice! Maybe someday I'll part with more books and I'll be back to follow your instructions to the letter!

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      PaulWinter 

      5 years ago

      I have a lot of used books in my house. I've tried selling them on Ebay in the past but it ended up costing me money. I may have to give Amazon a go.

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      Mary Norton 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      We have given away boxes of books each time we clean up. We don't want to have so much in the storage. Now, Kindle and iBooks have taken cared of this but if I have the time and at home to take care of mailing, I would love to be in this business.

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      First off, congratulations on a very well earned purple star on this A to Z information on selling books on Amazon. Lots of people still want real books and many have a lot of books that could be sold rather than being on a shelf. You made me think of my brother who is often reading more than one book at a time and is usually done with them...most are hard cover and some he passes on to my Mom who is a voracious reader at 85...but then the books just sit. In today's economy, this is a wonderful way for many to add to their income and most of the work is done for them and you have answered every possible question so very well. I really like your sections on the big, heavy books, very practical advice....and blessed.

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      Mamabyrd 

      5 years ago

      I have only sold a few text books. Thank you so much for the great tips.

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      achivevery 

      5 years ago

      Thanks for letting us know your wide experience! I'm not a current seller in amazon nor ebay but I love books! I might consider selling books also but I want to start selling it traditionally (not online).

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      John Dyhouse 

      5 years ago from UK

      I have sold a fefw books on Ebay and other sites but nnot yet tried Amazon, although I have sold CD's on there. thanks for the tips as I may well be thinking about those books soon.

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      Kim 

      5 years ago from Yonkers, NY

      Great Lens I've added it to a Featured lens section on my No Bummer season readerlens

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      traveller27 

      5 years ago

      Great - just what I was looking for!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Congratulations on your purple star and thanks for all the info on Amazon Book Selling

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      Diana Grant 

      5 years ago from United Kingdom

      I have sold a few vintage books on Amazon and the advice you have given here is excellent - Angel Blessings

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      piedromolinero 

      5 years ago

      Congratulation on your purple star!

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      Peggy Hazelwood 

      5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      @Jadelynx-HP: There are no fees till a book sells. The terms are all on Amazon's Web site. Like I mentioned, I try to only sell books for a high enough price where I'll net at least $5 or more. It's really easy once you get set up so give it a try!

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      Tracey Boyer 

      5 years ago from Michigan

      What kind of cost is involved? I am interested in trying this. Thanks

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      Carol Brooks 

      5 years ago from Florida

      I've been selling books on Amazon since 2002. Your advice is right on the mark, in my opinion. Great article!

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      I've sold a lot of books, CDS and DVDs on Amazon over the years. It's an automatic part of my purging process when stuff starts piling up.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      6 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Thank you for sharing this great information on Amazon Book Selling. I was actually looking for information to help a friend of mine who wants to sell his self published book on Amazon.

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      sally-james-56232 

      6 years ago

      Some great information here for everyone that loves books. Never hurts to make some money from what you love.

      Sally James

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      Treasures By Brenda 

      6 years ago from Canada

      This should be a helpful page to anyone interested in selling books on Amazon.

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      googlesniperfreetraffic 

      6 years ago

      Thank you for the great information, take a look exactly....

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      gypsykitschpres 

      6 years ago

      Super advice. I've sold a few, but this will help me in the future when I sell again. Thanks so much.

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      Virginia Allain 

      6 years ago from Central Florida

      I'm intrigued by that Amazon Mobile App for my Droid. It would be lovely to check titles at yard sales to see if I should buy it to resell on Amazon. My problem is lack of space to store the books waiting to be sold. We like to travel too and I have to unlist my books from Amazon and then relist them when we return.

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      Anthony Altorenna 

      6 years ago from Connecticut

      These are great tips for selling used books online. Thank you!

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      Joan Haines 

      7 years ago

      You've made this clear for anyone who wants to start.

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      Pat 

      7 years ago from Midwest, USA

      This is a really helpful lens! Just in time as I have books sitting here on the table as possible sales.

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      blessedmomto7 

      7 years ago

      Great tips. I am thinking of selling some of my old homeschool curriculum. So far I have only sold on ebay, but maybe I could sell some on Amazon.

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      mockingbird999 

      7 years ago

      This might be worth a try. I've sold used books before, but not on Amazon.

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      Monika Weise 

      7 years ago from Indianapolis, IN USA

      Thanks for the tips, I may give this a try!

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      Peggy Hazelwood 

      7 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      @sbendall lm: Good luck with more Amazon books sales. It can be sporadic, for sure.

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      sbendall lm 

      7 years ago

      Thanks for putting this together. I have made some limited sales, but this should help me do more and better.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 

      7 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      @Joyce Mann: It's easy enough to do, Joyce, but just be sure you can list it for enough to cover all costs plus net you some income. Good luck!

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      Joyce T. Mann 

      7 years ago from Bucks County, Pennsylvania USA

      I once sold a book on ebay mostly for the experience. It hardly seemed worth the hassle. But I may give amazon a try after reading this.

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      WeirdStuff 

      7 years ago

      I have never tried to sell a book. A love all of them too much! :D

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      Peggy Hazelwood 

      7 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      @Trudy Hanley: I hear ya, vintagemom. I do that from time to time to weed out my duds.

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      Trudy 

      7 years ago

      Thanks for a great lens with very useful information. I have "well over" 400 books, taking up lots of shelf space. Maybe it is time for me to take some of your great advice:)

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      Renaissance Woman 

      7 years ago from Colorado

      I really enjoy selling books on Amazon. Thanks for these tips. I had never considered the bar code scanner option. I'll check out the phone app. Very useful information for new and current sellers.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 

      7 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      @Virginia Allain: I agree, Virginia. It does take space to store books but the selling email makes it worth it!

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      Peggy Hazelwood 

      7 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      @Pam Irie: It's a great way to make some extra money if the book is listed at a decent price. I have two shelves of just Amazon books for sale. I list them and then forget them (until they sell).

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      Pam Irie 

      7 years ago from Land of Aloha

      And all this time I've been giving my books away. lol :( Very practical, sound advice on this lens. Maybe I'll have to start thinking about selling my books on Amazon too.

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      anonymous 

      7 years ago

      Peg, this should be called Book Selling for Dummies! So practical, thorough and easy to understand. I am going to print it off for reference, join Amazon and get rid of some of the books around here!

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      gottaloveit2 

      7 years ago

      A very helpful lens, Peggy. I didn't know there were barcode applications like the ones you listed. Great information. Love the lens.

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      laki2lav 

      7 years ago

      nice lens - good info here

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      Virginia Allain 

      7 years ago from Central Florida

      Very useful information. I'm glad I finally got started selling on Amazon, as it helps clear out some books I no longer want. If I had the space, I'd actively search out books to resell on Amazon. It's so much fun to get the email message saying there's a buyer for one of my books.

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