A few weeks ago I wrote about recirculating coins - all those minerals sitting in tsedakah boxes and piggy banks necessitate the manufacture of more coins. Likewise with books, the presumption that we should read books once and let them sit on our shelves forever should be revisited in the age of internet bookselling. Once I learned how easy it is to sell books on Amazon, I have made it a habit. It is easy to distinguish between a book you want and need in your library, and a volume which has served its purpose and can find a new life. Like the time I picked up a bestseller at Costco and shipped it out for the same price a few weeks later to a lady in Nebraska with similar reading tastes. The remarkable part is that people pay you for these books!
Here is my tried-and-true method for book pricing and selling on Amazon.
- Input the ISBN number and the book will pop up.
- Check out the price for "used and new books for sale". Many vendors other than Amazon itself sell new books on Amazon. What you need to know is the LOWEST price, so you can lowball it. That way your book is most likely to sell. At this point you can decide if it's worth the hassle. If the resale value of the book is only a few dollars, you may not want to bother.
- If you go ahead, click on "Sell Yours Here" and follow all the prompts. Remember to ignore what they tell you the book is worth, if you want to actually SELL it.
- When your book sells, you'll receive an email. You then need to go into your Amazon Book Seller account and bring up the info.
Of course buying used books is a great reuse mitzvah, too. One of my favorite sites to locate used books sounds vaguely Yiddish, Fetchbook.info. Some are bothered by the fact that authors don't get royalties on used books, but as an author, my position on that is I am thrilled someone else will READ MY BOOK! It's not accomplishing any purpose sitting on a shelf.
I have sold scores of books by now. The joke around our house is don't leave any books sitting around, or else....