Sell Used Books on Amazon, eBay and Online for Profit

How To Sell Used books

How to start and profitably run an online book business, by Amazon Seller Skip McGrath

Used books could be one of the simplest –and profitable online businesses for the little guy or gal today. If you enjoy books and working from home, consider the used books business.

Over $12 billion worth of used books sell in the United States every year –and the fastest growing segment is online. Over $2 billion worth of used books are sold on eBay alone. Amazon won’t release their figures for used books, but analysts estimate sales to be over $3 billion a year in the USA, and more in the various overseas countries where Amazon operates.

There are also the English-speaking overseas markets. Last year I sold books to customers in Singapore, England, Canada, Australia, and even to India –and overseas customers happily pay even more than US customers.

With the advent of Fulfillment By Amazon (FBA) this is also the perfect business for people who like to travel such as boaters and RV’ers. (Keep reading for more information.)

Selling used books on eBay, Amazon and the Internet is one of the easiest online businesses to start. The most difficult problem that eBay and other online sellers have today is finding merchandise they can sell at a profit. Selling used books solves this problem. There is a ready market for used books –and they are easy to source at great prices.

I purchased Skip McGrath’s How to Sell Used Books on eBay, Amazon, and the Internet the same day I read about it in his newsletter, and read it cover to cover in one sitting. I was hooked.

I predict that within the year I will be making a consistent profit at this business, once I have recovered all my start-up costs. On more than one occasion, I have purchased books for less than one dollar and sold them for more than $75.00! I frequently sell 49 cent books for more than $10.00! I love books and have finally found work that coincides with a passion.

Robin G,  Goose Creek, South Carolina

The used book business does not require a large investment to get started and the risk of failure is pretty low. There are only two reasons people fail in this business:

  • They are lazy and don’t do the work
  • They fight the market.

This is a business where it really pays to go with the flow. If you can follow my simple steps, I will explain everything you need to know to succeed in this highly profitable business.

Why Sell Used Books Online?

Selling used books could be the perfect home-based business. Let’s look at the advantages:

  • Virtually no risk
  • Start with an investment as little as $100
  • Unlimited –and still growing market
  • Recession proof business –people always buy books –and when the economy is slow, the used books market tends to get better
  • Excellent profit margins
  • Used books are easy to source
  • Use Amazon FBA to fulfill your books to both eBay and Amazon customers while you travel
  • If you work just a few hours a week, you can make as much as $1,000 a month extra cash
  • Do this full-time and you can make $10,000 a month –or more.
  • Books are easy to store, pack and ship

Sell Used Books on eBay, and The Internet for Profit
The complete guide to starting and running an online book business

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Organize Your Business for Success
Chapter 2: Books That Sell and Books That Don’t
Chapter 3: Where to Find Used Books
Chapter 4: Scouting Books for Fun and Profit
Chapter 5: How and Where to Buy New Books
Chapter 6: Describing and Grading Your Books
Chapter 7: Cataloging, Storing & Shipping Your Books
Chapter 8: Pricing Your Books for Sale
Chapter 9: Specialize for Success
Chapter 10: Selling Your Books on eBay
Chapter 11: Selling on The River (Amazon)
Chapter 12: Amazon or eBay?
Chapter 13: Selling on
Chapter 14: Selling From Your Own Website
Chapter 15: Bringing It All Together
Appendix I: Reading List
Appendix II: Resources, Supplies & Tools for Booksellers
Appendix III: Expensive Books List

Start with Almost Nothing and Make Money Your First Week

Great Home Business with almost no risk
Sell used books on eBay & Amazon

This is a business that you can start with as little as $25 to $100 and has almost no risk. If you were the worst book picker in the world you could at least sell your books to break even –but we will teach you how to pick the best books –books that will sell at prices 5 to10 times, or more, than you paid for them.

Most eBay and Amazon sellers who sell new merchandise struggle to make a 25% profit margin. You will learn how to buy and sell books that you can mark up 500% or more.

The used book market is virtually unlimited. There are over 30,000 used book stores in America alone, but today the real growth in online sales. You can sell on eBay, Amazon and several other online book venues.

Books are easy and quick to list. I can list a book on eBay or Amazon in less than 3 minutes –in most cases eBay and Amazon even provide the photo.

Amazon FBA

In 2008, Amazon introduced Fulfillment By Amazon (FBA). The old Amazon was just like eBay. When an item sold, you had to package it and ship to the customer. FBA does that work for you. You send your books (or other products) to Amazon in bulk –and when they sell, Amazon deals with the customer including packing and shipping your order and handling any returns.

Here is the really good part: If you sell on eBay, your own website or any other selling venue, Amazon will also do the same thing.

FBA means anyone can do this business while traveling. If you want to roam the country in an RV or go port-to-port in a boat, you can do that and still run your business.

Books can have insanely high profit margins

What other business can you think of where you can go to a garage sale or a flea market, buy something for 25¢ or 50¢ and sell it for $5, $10, $20 or even more? How much more…?

Here are some books that I have found and sold online in the past year:

Title Cost Sold For
Soldiers: The Nineties photography by Wolfgang Tillmans $1.00 $305.00
An American Exodus by Dorothea Lange $5.00 $319.00
Linda McCartney’s Sixties Portrait Of An Era Free $215.00
History of Ferrari Motorcars $4.00 $49.00
The Art and Craft of Shorebird Decoys $2.50 $329.00
Life of Sitting Bull by Johnson $0.50 $38.00
A Bridge To Far by Cornelius Ryan (1st Ed.) $1.00 $147.00
1946 TRADER VIC’S Cocktail Drink Recipes $3.00 $205.00
Deepak Chopra, Chopra Center Cookbook $2.00 $40.00
How To Develop a Winning Trading System by Van Tharp $1.00 $240.00
How To Increase The Income From Your Real Estate Investments $0.50 $69.00


used book sale
A book sale like this can uncover dozens of books that you can sell for nice profits at Amazon, eBay or other places on the Internet.

Now to be real, you don’t find books like this and make sales like that every day –but you do it often enough that you can always find books like these and others that sell at high prices. Most of the books you find and sell will cost you between 25¢ and $2 or $3 and will sell for between $10 and $25. These are your bread and butter books.

You are probably thinking something like, “I don’t know anything about books or literature.” That is OK…because I specialize in non-fiction books –and I recommend you do also. (Note: Non-fiction books are the bread and butter of most book seller’s businesses.)

In fact, I avoid literature and fiction unless I run into the occasional slam dunk that I know can’t go wrong. Like the time I found a first edition of Tom Clancy’s second book at a thrift shop for $1.00 and sold it for over $60…but I digress.

The best –and easiest markets are for non-fiction books on subjects on:

  • Art & photography
  • Transportation – Cars, motorcycles, aircraft, trains, boats, etc.
  • History books on almost any subject
  • How-to books
  • Cookbooks
  • Children’s books
  • Medical and legal books
  • Certain textbooks
  • Old books on physics, science, math and biology
  • Illustrated books
  • Sports
  • Military subjects

This is just a partial list. How To Sell Used Books on eBay, Amazon and The Internet has a more extensive list –and that is one of the secrets to success…learning what to buy. We teach you how to find the books that will sell quickly and know the prices before you buy.

We even show you a way to check prices from your cell phone before you buy a book.

When I first saw the price of your book, I blanched. But then I realized that today $27 will only buy 5 gallons of gas or a 1/2 a bag of groceries. But this book can help me make some extra money to afford those. So I bought. I am just getting through it –not even finished yet. But it’s a really good book. It’s really simple and easy to understand and I think anyone could do this. Thanks so much.

Stephanie H, Bangor Maine

If I do this business will my house fill up with thousands of books?

If you didn’t know what you were doing this could happen. Using my methods, you can have a great business with just a few books in stock at any one time –about what would fit into one good-sized bookcase.

I will teach you how to only buy books that will sell quickly, and how to turn your inventory over so you are not stuck with a bunch of unsalable books.

If you don’t want to bother storing and shipping books, then Amazon will do it for you. One major feature of selling on Amazon, is their FBA (Fulfillment by Amazon) program. With FBA, you pack up a box of books and send to Amazon (at a very low shipping rate Amazon gives you). When your book sells, Amazon ships it to the customer for you and handles returns and customer service. And, you are not limited to Amazon. If you sell a book on eBay, your website or any other venue, then Amazon will ship it to your buyer –again, at a very low rate – much cheaper than you can get on your own.

There are even some sellers who specialize in very expensive books. These sellers rarely have more than a few dozen books in stock at any one time –yet, some make thousands of dollars a month selling them online.

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You can get books at local thrift shops.
A table like this at your local thrift shop can contain dozens of books you can buy for a dollar (or less) that will sell for $20 and more on eBay and

This is one of my most popular books. Originally published in 2012, I updated in 2014 and again in 2016.

Anyone who bought the original version of this book got the updated version FREE OF CHARGE. Anyone who buys this version of the book will get any updates free of charge too. That’s in addition to any new bonus items that come with the book.

I tell you everything you need to get started:

  •  Where to find books
  •  Which books to buy and more importantly –which books NOT to buy
  •  How much to pay for them
  •  Where to sell them
  •  How to sell them
  •  How much to charge for your books
  •  How to automate your listings
  •  How to automate your shipping
  •  How to determine the value of a book BEFORE you buy it
  •  How to write book descriptions that sell
  •  My personal Rolodex of booksellers resources
  •  Special BONUS #1 – A list of books to look for that sell for $250 or more –many up to $2,500. This bonus is attached to the appendix. And yes, you really can find books like these.
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Skip, I just want to THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!I have been selling a small amount of books on eBay, but the weekend that I completed reading your book, and implementing two of the resources that you mentioned, my book sales soared!!! I was able to make some amazing purchases as well, with full knowledge that the books would sell!!!

I highly recommend your book to anyone who wants to make money without much risk!

Karen B, Pittsburgh, PA

OK – the book business isn’t for everyone, but if this does interest you, it can be one of the greatest online businesses in the world.

This is a business where you can truly make some good money and have fun at the same time.

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