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Monday, February 28, 2005

Bookfinder is 5

Bookfinder.com, in my opinion still the best resource for an online bookseller, just turned 5. They even created a little celebration site from which you can send a birthday message, explain how you first found the site, or share how it helped you find that one special book.

Website Marketing Tips

Last week the ABA published a laundry list of marketing techniques for booksellers' websites. Some are particularly helpful others are mind-numbingly obvious. It is definitely worth a look, however, for anyone trying to boost traffic to their website. Let us know what you think.

OT: Patch your Mozilla!

Mozilla recently announced that Firefox is vulnerable to massive security breaches. An upgrade is now available. Read the official press release or go to the Mozilla upgrade page.

New Listings Service Launched

Earlier this month, Collector's Book Market, a new listings service for rare, collectible and out-of-print books opened for business. The site will remain Beta for six months, providing a great opportunity for booksellers to help influence its development. The format seeks to improve upon traditional listing services with special additional features that are worthy of review.

Sunday, February 27, 2005

Spring Book Show 2005?

This weekend was the Spring Book Show in Atlanta, GA. While, I was not fortunate enough to make it, I assume someone out there was. If you get a second drop me a line and let me know how it went. The remainder/overstock/bargain end of this industry is booming. While I imagine brick and mortar stores have more to gain from this type of show, online booksellers certainly could find a niche at the show.

Sign Up for "Sale Mail"

As Spring approaches, the amount of library book sales, garage sales, auctions, etc begin to increase. One of the best resources for locating Book Sales in your area is still Booksalefinder. In order to make more efficient use of your time sign up for their Sale Mail. This is an automated service that automatically keeps you up to date (and reminds you) of upcoming sales. Happy hunting!

Saturday, February 26, 2005

A Fair Cut? [Updated AZ info 2/28]

Booklisting sites provide an incredible resource to the online bookseller. By consolidating independent sellers into one place they provide a viable market for consumers as well as significant coverage for sellers. Many of these sites, however, have not been extremely successful (at least in terms of finances). This makes many of us wonder what is wrong with their business model? From the viewpoint of the bookseller this leads to imposing sellers' fees which may be on the rise? In my opinion many of the "cuts" now taken are fair. One exception is the "share" of the shipping costs taken by some sites. This usually hurts the seller, but more often simply artificially inflates prices. Below is a review of some site's fees, please inform us of corrections or other sites you think should be added.
15%, up to $2.33 shipping reimbursement of $3.25 taken
20%, up to $2.30 shipping reimbursement of $3.49 taken
8% (min of 50 cents) + $25 (min) monthly fee,
15% + 99 cents**, up to $2.26 shipping reimbursement of $3.49 taken.
10% (capped*),
50 cents + 5% payment processing (optional), shipping reimbursed in full
15% (capped*),
25 cents + 5% payment processing (optional), shipping reimbursed in full
$35 (min) monthly fee, "small fee to use " their payment processing.

* - Each month, after a certain amount of fees have been collected and based on the number of books in your inventory, these sites stop charging commission on sales.
** - You can pay $39.99/month and not pay this fee.

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