Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Made a Bundle with BuyBundle

Well, maybe not a bundle, but $45 in one day.

I had completely forgotten that I signed up for BuyBundle last fall as a way of effortlessly uploading my inventory to Google Base (I had tired of uploading it myself because it took much too long). BuyBundle takes your Amazon listings and lists them on Google Base for you. If someone does a Google search for your book they have the option of buying it directly from you through Google Base and not bothering with Amazon.

BuyBundle is a free service and there is a ten percent commission on sales, plus the PayPal fees. You don't have to do updates after the initial upload because it automatically updates your listings when you update them in Amazon.

Not surprisingly, Amazon announced a couple of months ago that Amazon Stores inventory could no longer be listed on Google Base. Google Base and BuyBundle fell off my radar screen as a result. I hadn't ever received a Google Base order anyway.

But yesterday I received two BuyBundle orders. The buyers payed with PayPal. I deleted the PayPal receipts, figuring they were spam because the e-mails said "BuyBundle" order and I didn't remember what BuyBundle was. Then I saw the e-mails from BuyBundle and it eventually dawned on me that these were legit orders.

If you're looking for more exposure for your inventory it couldn't hurt to consider listing your books on Google Base through BuyBundle.

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Monday, June 11, 2007

Harlan Coben

This might turn out to be one of those book series to read and to sell.

I haven't read Harlan Coben's books yet but after reading the recent Atlantic article about him I intend to read one because I enjoy the occasional mystery novel.

I also read the article from a "what's in this for me as a bookseller" perspective. Coben is a bestselling author but I hadn't heard of him before, which means he isn't hypercommon. I did some research on eBay and was happy to discover that lots that contain all eight of the books that feature detective Myron Bolitar fetch almost $5 per book for mass market paperbacks.

Not surprisingly, hardcover editions of his first book, Play Dead, fetch three figures. Any of his hardcovers are worth running through ScoutPal. I don't know yet how plentiful his books are at sales and thrifts.

The article is also interesting from a writing and marketing perspective. He understands that writing is a business and is successful because he brands himself and has a niche. If you have a wish to be published someday his story might be of interest to you. I admit, though, that I did have to work hard to suppress the urge to covet his seven figure advances and large Victorian home. Bookselling doesn't tend to be as lucrative. Alas.

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