Choosing the Right eBooks to Sell on eBay


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As you may already understand, there is a great deal of profit potential in the field of eBook sales. Many have found they can generate substantial earnings by selling eBooks on eBay, for instance. There are a variety of sources that can provide some very solid information on how to operate and manage an eBook selling business. However, many of these great instructional systems fail to provide some very critical information. They don’t provide a great deal of guidance regarding title selection.

EBook sales are not just about how you sell. It is also a matter of what you sell. That is why choosing the right eBooks to place into your personal inventory is so critical. No one would think of opening a traditional brick and mortar bookstore without having some idea of the kinds of titles the store would stock. For some reason, however, many eBook resellers hop right into the eBook market without having any clear notion of what kind of eBooks they will be selling.

Picking the next great eBook seller may be more of an art than a science, and there is no sure way to predict which titles will perform the best. However, there are a few factors one can consider to help guide them in making wise decisions.

Newer titles offer more potential. Anyone seeking to make a healthy profit from eBook sales should realize that newer titles will generally outperform older titles. This is not so different than the traditional book market. However, the value of carrying new merchandise may be even more pronounced in the digital setting. Internet audiences tend to find new information and accumulate it faster than others. Thus, in order to really post huge returns on investments, you will need to stay in front of the curve. New titles may cost you more to obtain, but the value of owning reseller’s rights to the hottest new thing will certainly make that cost a worthwhile investment.

Name recognition can be important. EBook sellers need to remember what traditional book sellers have long known. Authors sell books. Regardless of the field in which you plan to operate, working with titles authored by well-respected and recognized authors will always help to increase sales. Readers seek out the familiarity of a known author and tend to respect those who have supplied valuable work in the past. Again, there is a greater up-front cost involved in working with more notable eBook authors, but the cost is a good investment when one considers the better returns they are likely to experience.

There is no perfect way to choosing titles for your eBook selling venture. One is probably best advised to being their eBook selling career by focusing on a niche with which they are familiar. This will better allow them to distinguish between the quality of titles, the distinction of the authors involved and other factors that can make a difference. Newer titles and titles by recognized authors are always more desirable than older material produced by no-names. The rights to great titles may cost a bit extra, but the expense is more than justified by the end result.

Copyright 2006 John Thornhill

John Thornhill trades on eBay under the username planetsms. For more advice on how to succeed on eBay with information products visit


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