a) I have/read a lot of books and
b) I’m in the process of clearing these out and selling them off on Amazon.
This process started me thinking. In the changing world of publishing how should our book buying habits change to benefit us best?
Over the years I’ve accumulated a lot of fiction, mostly from 3 for 2 offers at what used to be Ottakers, W.H. Smiths and Waterstones. Working for the library I also used to read a lot there and also bought the odd one in their sale.
Now I’m trying to sell these books, and here’s what I’ve found:
Almost everything’s now on Kindle or will soon be BUT Kindle books can often be more expensive.
I read a lot of fiction on my Kindle, it’s an easy way to do it, and there are often offers. The real issue is that the VAT sometimes puts the prices up.
At the moment this can be an advantage for those selling books.
5 tips to get the best out of your fiction purchases
- Check out the Kindle prices before you choose which format you want. You can read Kindle books on pretty much any electronic device.
- If you want to buy a ‘New’ paperback or hardback see how much they’re already going for second-hand. If it’s a famous author you’re not likely to get much if you decide to sell it afterwards.
- Look at charity shops, boot-sales and fetes for bargains. Unless it’s just out, never buy anything for more than £1 or so, you can probably find it cheaper.
- It’s best to get anything that’s been published for over a year from your local library rather than buy it from a shop. Books often have a waiting list to start with but you can ask staff to put a reserve on it.
- Always keep books in the condition you get them in to make your money back. If you have bought a new version, sell it on as soon as possible so that you retain most of the cost. Consider buying or making a material book jacket if it helps.
Non-fiction is a slightly trickier topic. Fiction isn’t easy to read on an electronic device, especially when it comes to a topic where you’ll need to have the guide handy (DIY, crafts, travel-guides etc.)
5 top tips to investing in non-fiction
- If it’s a guide you’ll only need to use once, ask friends, check out the library first, then the charity shops. You may be able to copy a few pages to keep for future reference. Look online for a reliable source of information first.
- Non-fiction seems to hold it’s value slightly better as the Kindle versions are less helpful and they often hold intricate information.
- Sometimes you can find a second-hand non-fiction book that’s worth more sold online than you got it for. This is one way Amazon traders make a profit. I’ve found one or two myself.
- Some non-fiction is great to pass down to family/friends. This relies on the fact that you don’t need the latest version. If you need the latest version because it’s a revision guide, a medical manual or something similar then try and sell them before the years out and replace it with a new one when you require it.
- Always try to keep your non-fiction books clean and in good nick, sometimes it makes sense to buy a hardback version in this case. Get a book holder (like those cooks use) if you’ll be using it in a messy environment. Then you can sell it for more!
Although everyone’s panicking about the ‘Kindle Revolution’ I think there’s now a place for all kind of books, the best being second-hand. They’re the best gift and can change the course of a person’s life. What could be better than a good book eh?
Save the environment, peace dude!
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