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How to get 6-figure sales of used books

If you've given up on sourcing and selling used books, don't: Essentially, you've been lied to (or you got the wrong information). sell books on Amazon

My videos below explain everything. But if you don't do anything, at least read these 5 things:

  1. Just read the very entertaining and informative 'squeeze page' from Peter Valley (the author whose book I'm reviewing in the video).
  2. Many of your competing booksellers have quit because 'all the sources have dried up' (they're wrong - I believe the opposite is true).
  3. There are (still) many more books to sell than there are sellers, that's the truth.
  4. The profit margins, ease of selling, and low % of customer returns make selling books via FBA extremely lucrative.
  5. Watch my first video below (buy nothing, you'll still learn something new).

Or just jump right to the training bundle I'm recommending.


Video 1: Why books now?/see my profit proof:

Video 2:  Peek inside 'Book Sourcing Secrets'/ My included bonus  worth over $50 (offer expires 7/14/14):

* Peter Valley  (author of Book Sourcing Secrets) offers a 60-day, no questions asked guarantee for his system. If you buy his e-book via my link (it’s the same price) I make a small commission from Peter BUT I will personally add another 305 days to that guarantee. So: if you decide the book is not for you (and the 60 days have passed), forward your email receipt to me and I will refund you (100%) out of my own pocket. It’s the same ‘extra’ guarantee I give to several of the excellent guides and services that I endorse).

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  • Jonathan April 12, 2018, 2:30 pm

    Hi Jordan,

    I just started to read your blog and so far it’s fantastic! Because of you, I might actually buy the Proven Amazon Course, but before I buy it though, I wanted to try my hands on book selling in order to get my feet wet. So I know you posted this review in 2014, but do you think it will work today in April, 2018?

    Thank you,


    • Jordan Malik April 12, 2018, 4:53 pm

      Yes, book sourcing and selling used books is still a highly viable, workable business model

  • Frances May 12, 2015, 10:06 pm

    I just saw a listing for the 3 volume set, so I think I’ll offer it that way:D

  • Frances May 12, 2015, 9:15 pm

    Hi again Jordan!
    I went to a few local libraries like you suggested on your Ask Jordan podcast. One that I went to was asking between $2 to $5 dollars a piece (rip off!). My question was this. I bought a Donald Trump book, I wish I could send you the screen capture of the profit bandit results. Rank 20K, no FBA sellers. In pricing it, the used column shows 448 offers at $4, but theres 32 offers under ‘Collectables’ from $14-$40. I know used toys are considered ‘collectables’ by Amazon. But why would book sellers term their books as ‘collectables’ instead of ‘used’? Thanks Jordan

    • Jordan Malik May 12, 2015, 9:25 pm

      You have to be approved by Amazon to sell books in ‘collectible’ condition, see: http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html?nodeId=200327860, on that page Amazon states “All books listed in “Collectible” condition must be signed, limited first editions, or have other desirable qualities that could reasonably be assumed to increase the book’s value to a collector.”

      You don’t need to be approved to sell books in collectible condition to do extremely well reselling used books on Amazon (I’m not approved for collectible condition in books either). Don’t give up, keep going back to the same library/other libraries and also remember garage sales/yard sales/estate sales, find them via gsalr.com, craigslist.org, and estatesales.net

    • Frances May 12, 2015, 9:58 pm

      Though I figured out how to get that info on Collectible books on my own after you sent me that link, I’m finding it tricky to research other specifics. For instance, I’ve read from blogs that you can’t bundle media, but do you know if we’re able to sell all volumes at once on a specific title? I couldnt find the answer on Amazon. I bought all 3 volumes of a ‘Burham’s Celestial Handbook’, but I guess I’ll be listing them all separate. Even the sinple keywoards ‘Selling Books’ and ‘Selling Media’ produces nothing on Amazon. I’ve been resorting to bouncing things off the Seller Forums to learn about and avoid all the Amazon traps and pitfalls. THANK YOU for valuable guidance you provide the reselling community!!

  • Terry Gray January 6, 2015, 7:57 am

    Jordan, hello. I just recently bought Skip McGrath’s book on selling books online. I’m very interested in selling used books, but I’m primarily interested in eBay instead of Amazon. How would that make a difference? Thanks.

    • Jordan Malik January 6, 2015, 8:36 am

      You’ll have a lot more success/make much more money selling books on Amazon. Unless you’re only dealing with collectible books (meaning rare books that sell for $25+), then ebay may be a better choice.

  • Oswaldo Reyes December 28, 2014, 7:50 pm

    Hi Jordan , my name is Oswaldo Reyes and I’m really looking into selling books on AMAZON for a profit but I just don’t know enough about the business . I was
    Wondering if BOOK SOURCING SECRETS by Peter valley will ever be sold in print . I would definitely love to purchase a copy .

    • Jordan Malik December 29, 2014, 8:38 am

      I don’t know, you can contact the author of that book at fbamastery [at] gmail [dot] com

  • Jordan Malik October 6, 2014, 1:21 pm

    Ryan – every product category has its plusses and minuses, it all depends on what your preferences are. This may help you: http://sourcingator.com

  • Ryan October 6, 2014, 1:14 pm

    Hi Jordan

    I’ve been selling books on FBA for few months following your advice. So far so good! Thanks!

    I know it is highly profitable to sell books online, however, is there an advantage selling other products on Amazon FBA, if any, over selling books? By other products I mean for e.g. toys & games, babies items, etc, etc.

    Hopefully, you’ll be happy to shed a light!

    Thank you so much, Jordan and have a wonderful day!

  • Sean July 14, 2014, 10:48 pm

    Been trying to refrain from buying ebooks and courses since I’m shifting from being an Affiliate Marketer to a Seller. Somehow you have to find those golden nuggets or something to help you further along (no fluff). However, I think this is one of those that I think will be beneficial. I’ve only sold maybe 1 book and I’ve been using FBA for over a year. Just as I liked your recommendation on Jessica’s grocery book and it paid for itself. Thanks Jordan, I appreciate it.

  • Roger July 14, 2014, 12:13 pm

    I’m interested in the new book sourcing secrets ebook, but I bought the frank Florence sourcing product a few years back and I wonder if it’s worth the $ to buy another book covering essentially the same topic? thanks

  • Shawn Searcy July 12, 2014, 6:00 pm

    Great Job on videos Jordan, being a new seller here in 2014 I started in Books and feel it’s a great place to start and keep Arbitraging in for the future… I say the Books are my “Slow Quarters” and I use the Profits to Fund my diversifying in Groceries, Personal care, Home Decor ( or my “fast Dimes”) Books are very easy to find, new. Sellers who also need some quick success will see Books as a great place to begin.

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