Used Books: Big Business – The Secrets to Selling Books Online for Big Profits

Part 2 of this post is now online: Why Would Someone Write A Book That Gives Away Their Secrets? (Used Books: Big Profits Part 2).

Have you ever thought you’d like to start a business from home? Do you have some books laying around collecting dust? If you said yes to both questions, selling used books on the Internet may be just the ticket.

According to his biography at, Adam Bertram has been an avid online book seller for two years and has thousands of sales under his belt. He has a background in technology that has allowed him to excel in finding books to sell online. The author has generated tens of thousands of dollars buying used books that most people simply want to get rid of and has turned around to sell them for big money.

Bertram has written an ebook, Used Books: Big Business. It is a whopping 93 pages long and when I first opened it up, I felt a little overwhelmed by all the reading I had to do.

This ebook is one of the most comprehensive books about selling used books online that you will find. It takes you all the way from where to find books that you can sell, listing them on marketplaces such as Amazon, eBay, Alibris, Abebooks and, how to ship out the orders and finally how to treat the customer after the sale.

Chapter 2 “Where to Find Inventory” is a treasure trove of product-sourcing information. Finding used books is a little more complicated and potentially more time-consuming than regular product sourcing. This section tells you everything you need to know including highly valuable information on what books sell, and what books don’t.

You’ll find out why you shouldn’t sell collectible books, why most National Geographic publications are a waste of time and that obscure hobby and non-fiction books are where the real money is at.

Chapter 6 Pricing/Grading Books. There is an art to judging a book’s value. This section provides you with the knowledge to avoid common misconceptions about pricing, learn to find an accurate market price, and eventually instinctively estimate a book’s average market value. In any case, the more often you price books, the faster you will become in accurately judging a book’s value.

After a while, you will begin to see a trend that the smaller a book’s topic niche, the more it is typically worth. Small niche books are books that are published in usually low quantities and that deal with very specific topics. These books are generally nonfiction and can be written in almost any era.

Selling used books takes a lot of time and effort. This is not a get-rich-quick scheme. It takes time, persistence and effort, but those who stick with it can build themselves a very profitable, and highly enjoyable business.

Reviewer’s Note: Books like this always make me wonder. If Adam Bertam is making a six figure income selling used books, why would he want to tell others his secrets and open the field up to thousands of competitors? My guess is that he’ll make far more selling the ‘secrets’ than selling used books.

Another thing to consider about starting a used book business now is the mainstream rise of ebooks. Because of copying concerns, I doubt there will ever be a secondary market for used ebooks.

Read part two of this post, Why Would Someone Write A Book That Gives Away Their Secrets? (Used Books: Big Profits Part 2), and see how Adam Bertram and Dane Carlson respond to Rich Whittle’s concerns.

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