It goes without saying that Amazon is way past its days as an online bookselling platform. Today, the mega-retailer swings everything from skincare and clothing to major electronics and even groceries, serving more than 100 million customers in the United States alone.
That said, the online retailer continues to sell new and used hardcover, paperback and e-books both online and through the Amazon Kindle. In fact, Amazon is still considered the world’s largest bookseller with over 33 million titles available. As such, it is also one of the best platforms for people looking to sell used books or authors who want to self-publish their own content.
Wondering how to get started buying and selling books on Amazon or on the Amazon Kindle? Read on to learn the ins and outs of buying, selling and self-publishing at the world’s largest bookseller.
Buy Kindle Books on Amazon
Nothing will ever top the smell of a newly published novel or a decades-old used book, but there’s no denying the ease and convenience of being able to carry hundreds of books in your pocket. By purchasing Kindle Books on Amazon, readers can work their way through multiple books at once, pack dozens of beach reads for their next vacation, or simply adjust the text size and font to make reading easier.
Kindle Books are also very easy to purchase and download to your Kindle device or smartphone, and they tend to be relatively less expensive than buying a hard copy of the same book. To buy Kindle Books, all you need to do is open Amazon in your browser of choice (you can’t buy Kindle Books in the Amazon app), select the book you want, and click the “Buy Now with 1 Click” button . This will automatically send the Kindle book directly to your Kindle or smartphone in seconds.
How to Sell Used Books on Amazon
If you have a collection of rare books that you want to sell or you just want to free up some space on your bookshelf for new paperback issues, selling used books on Amazon is a great way to earn some extra cash and ensure that your books will be enjoyed by someone new – and it’s surprisingly easy.
To sell books on Amazon, you must first register as an individual seller or a professional seller. Then you have to decide how you want to fulfill your orders. You can choose to store, list, and ship books yourself, or you can send your books to an Amazon Fulfillment Center for an additional fee and let Amazon handle shipping, processing, reviews, and more. The latter is a particularly good option, as many Amazon shoppers prefer to take advantage of Amazon Prime (which individual sellers can’t offer).
Once you’ve got your account logistics going, the next step is listing and pricing your books. Find the ISBN for each book and do some research to see what each used book is selling for before making the listing. When listing each book, you also want to be completely honest about the condition the book is in to ensure happy customers and good reviews.
Publish your own book on Amazon
When you have a story that just needs to be told, sometimes it’s best to self-publish — and Amazon Self-Publishing is one of the best platforms for authors who want to get their book out there. The first step is to create an Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) account. From there, click the “+ Kindle eBook” button, set your book’s primary language, and follow the prompts to add your book title, subtitle, author name, and description. Keep in mind that your book description will captivate your reader, so you want to consider this first step as important as the content of the book.
From there, you’ll need to go through a series of questions and confirmations to make sure you have the rights to your book’s content, target audience’s age range, keywords, and preferred book publishing date. You can then upload the content and cover of your book and preview your book. It is recommended that you take this step slowly and critically review your content because once it is published there is no turning back to edit a typo or grammatical error.
Finally, you’ll be prompted to select the publisher name (optional) and ISBN, set the retail price, and save your draft until you’re ready to publish.