December 3, 2022


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How to Sell Used Books on Amazon FBA

How to Sell Books on Amazon: Tips for Amazon Sellers

Did you know that Amazon first started as a site to sell books?

That’s right, the ecommerce mammoth began on paper.

You can sell books on Amazon FBA today and still make a profit. Amazon may be a giant, but it can be profitable for those willing to put the work in.

Maybe you have a backlog of books at home gathering dust, you want to start an Amazon business selling books or you’re researching your options.

Whatever the reason you’re here, selling used books on Amazon can be a good way to make money without investing life savings in inventory, so it’s certainly worth investigating!

Whilst starting a used-book business using Amazon FBA is not simply a matter of taking a photo, setting a price and waiting for sales, it is relatively straightforward.

What Books Sell Well on Amazon?

Dominating the ecommerce sphere, Amazon has become a Google for shopping. You can buy almost anything on the platform.

Amazon started off selling used books, and you can too.

Amazon has controlled around 50%+ of US books sales for some years now. With millions of titles for sale on the platform, you might be asking yourself, “How will my books sell with that many competitors?”

There are some tips and tricks to standing out from the crowd.

Firstly, it’s important to consider what kinds of books tend to sell well on Amazon.

Print vs. digital: While there’s no denying the huge growth of e-books, Amazon print sales remain high. There’s also higher potential for profit, particularly with rare or unusual books.

New vs. old: Nothing beats the smell of a freshly printed manuscript. Nothing perhaps, other than a well-loved book looking for a new home. New books can be a challenging biz unless you’re prepared to do business with suppliers and wholesalers. Selling used books can cut out that need and be a little simpler.

Fiction vs. nonfiction: On the whole, nonfiction books sell in greater volumes, but popular fiction titles sell most.

Ok, so there isn’t one route that guarantees success but this is good news: There’s room for preference and manoeuvre.

One of the best places to start when figuring out which books sell, what their competition looks like and how coveted they are is to check out their BSR – Best Seller Rating.

Understanding Sales Rankings

Understanding Amazon’s Best Sellers in Books list and its ranking system will help you determine whether a book is worth selling, and what kind of sales turnaround time you can expect.

Ranking is relative to the number of items in each category. The list only displays the top 100 sellers, but all books rank somewhere and you can find it on their listing under Product Details, Best Sellers Rank:

How to Sell Used Books on Amazon FBA

To start selling new or second-hand books on Amazon FBA you need three things: Inventory, a seller account and a fulfilment method.

Oh, and get the Amazon Seller app. It will be a huge help when researching which books to sell. You can scan barcodes, analyze competitive pricing data, view book ratings and estimate profits after fees. It’s a shortcut to smart inventory decisions and will help you get better at spotting a good purchase instinctually.

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