On-line Book Sales

On-line Book Sales
An Untapped Fundraising Stream
How It Works
• Select special interest books with limited local
• Monitor book selling websites to learn the
market and prices
• Determine the best site for listing the book
• Signing up to sell is easy
• Monitor email daily
• Package and ship with a day or two
The Costs
• Selling on-line is time consuming
• Researching the metasearch sites is time
• Packing supplies will be necessary
• Some sites charge up front or a monthly fee
• Shipping and returns
Going It Alone
• Resources: amazon.com (library shop on main) +
abebooks.com+ bibliofind.com + e.how.com
+bookfinder.com + campusl.com +
thecheapestbook.com + eBay.com + upperbid.com +
• Verifying author signatures – historyforsale.com +
• Selling books at auction sites
• ARC sites
• Local book stores as jobbers
• Good reads - Stephen Windwalker books, blog and
Mississauga Library System
• New books – sold at City of Mississauga e
store – billing, logistics, marketing handled by
e store staff
• Friends of the Library – used book sales listed
on web site and work through local book store
Turtlecreek Books
• Better World Books
Better World Books
• Better World Book offers a no cost program to
help libraries manage their excess donations
and withdrawn books.
• BWB sells on 23 online marketplaces and then
shares the proceeds with the Library.
• BWB is a socially responsible company sharing
finds and books with literacy groups around
the world.
Take excess discards and generate revenue
Cover all shipping costs
No contracts or service agreements
Prescreen tool (RUFIS) allows libraries to
maximize returns (other language materials big
• Antiquarian, rare and collectibles team
• Quarterly commission for directing customers
• Committed to the environment
C is for Collaboration
• In 2002, Amazon announced at year end that
50% of the orders it received were for used
products coming from 100,000 different
online sellers
• In 3 months increased to 150,000 different
sellers and online sellers increasing
• Online book selling is at a saturation point for
mass market paper backs and best sellers
• Price competition of third party sellers
• Increasing number of corporate sellers
(publishers, distributors, book stores)
• Universal catalogs
• Low balling
• Library and charity competitors
HR Issues
• Volunteer power – limited
• Staying up to date with message boards and
researching is time consuming
• Subscriptions to publishers material is expensive
• Registering online
• Establishing an identity for your online book store
• Suppliers, shipping and handling returns and
• Lack of expertise especially ARC items