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Posted November 15, 2008
Even more than you pay for!
I read Home-Based Bookstore because I have hundreds of perfect condition used books I just cleared out from my personal library at home and wanted to see if I could sell them on Amazon and didn't know how to get started. Just like Steve Weber's other books, you get much more than you pay for. Weber fills this book with details covering every aspect of setting up your home based used bookstore for NO MONEY upfront. How cool is that? Where as other books on the topic have been reviewed saying they just recycle what you can find on Amazon help pages, Weber includes tons of insider information far beyond what is found on Amazon's help links, such as what and where to find books to sell, how to price them correctly, how to package and ship, get feedback from customer, handling negative feedback, handling taxes, etc. etc. etc. No question you can think up appears to be lacking an answer on these pages...and here's another exciting upside...within 2 days of reading this book and setting up my store, I've already sold and shipped THREE of my books. Thanks Steve...and keep sharing your insider information.
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Posted May 19, 2007
An Excellent Guide
Many writers who¿ve accumulated too many books contemplate the idea of starting a used book business. It seems the perfect bread and butter business for a writer. Larry McMurty, Erskine Caldwell, John Dunning and others have done it. Why not you? It¿s an attractive thought. Sitting all day in a room surrounded by books, perhaps listening to good music, sipping coffee or tea and chatting with intellectual customers who come in to browse your stock. Between customers and other worthwhile interruptions one can continue pecking away at the great American novel. But that¿s a dream and not reality. The fact is selling books is a business. A hard business that takes time and energy. There¿s lots more to it than having a room full of books and waiting for customers to take them off your hands. Steve Weber offers an alternative approach that makes the dream of a book business sound. The information he provides in this slim volume shows how it can be done successfully i.e., profitably. It still takes work and some business acumen, but following his directions one could build a part-time or full-time business. Rather than the storefront business which requires a substantial investment, Weber utilizes the Internet where a business can be launched for less than $100. Having done it himself¿going from a part-time to a full-time business in which he¿s sold more than $1 million of stock¿he now offers his expertise to help the rest of us become his competition. This book answers all the obvious questions¿from where to find books to sell, down to the nasty issues of taxes and legalities¿plus some not so obvious but just as pertinent. He doesn¿t pull any punches on the negative issues either. So, if you¿ve ever entertained the idea of going into the used book business, this is one of the best sources of information you¿ll find to get you started and keep you going.
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