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Resources for Selling Books, Comic Books & Magazines

This page is for reading material such as, books, comic books, and magazines.

Identifying first edition books can be tricky, because there is not a standardized system in the publishing industry for specifying first edition books. Especially in the past, each publisher used their own system of applying copyrights dates and reprint information to their books. Further down this page is some general information and some examples and links about identifying first edition books.

Book Related News & Events


eCommerceBytes - 01-13-2016 - Postage Rate Hike to Hit Penny Book Sellers on Amazon.


eCommerceBytes - 09-07-2015 - Mega Bookseller Launches Millions of Titles on eBay.

eCommerceBytes - 05-26-2015 - Amazon Sellers Must Compete with Rentals and Ebooks.


NPR Planet Money - 11-10-2014 - Textbook Arbitrage: Making Money Off Used Books.

Business-Opportunities - 11-10-2014 - Old Books: New Profits – Selling Used Books on Amazon.

Huffington Post - 08-27-2014 - $3.2 Million on eBay for Superman Comic Sets New Auction Record.
Wired - 08-25-2014 -
World’s Most Expensive Superman Comic Just Sold for $3.2M on eBay.
eBay Official Site Report - A Historic Sale - It's official. eBay is proud to have hosted this record-breaking sale of the most expensive comic book ever sold. Action Comics #1 - Superman!

CNET - 08-15-2014 - First Superman comic book now up for auction on eBay.
CNET - 08-14-2014 - eBay to auction very first Superman comic -- Action Comics #1.

MarketWatch - 08-19-2014 - With a new Harry Potter story out, 4 ways to profit from the wizard.

Event - May 16, 17 ,18, 2014
Dallas Comic Con Expo
- Speakers include: William Shatner & Manu Bennet.
Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center
650 S. Griffin St.
Dallas (Irving), TX

Internet Retailer - 04-11-2014 - Amazon acquires comic book e-retailer comiXology.com
ComiXology sells digital editions of comic books for viewing on the web or in apps.


eCommerceBytes - 12-15-2013 - Collectors Corner Gold: Science Fiction Books.

eCommerceBytes - 02-04-2013 - Book You Wish You Had Picked up at a Yard Sale.


eCommerceBytes - 09-24-2012 - eBay Setify Gets Social with Collectors of Comic Books and Coins.

eCommerceBytes - 03-26-2012 - eBay Limits Sellers from Listing Books in Two Categories.

Book Selling Resources

American Booksellers Association - ABA is the national face of independent bookselling. Our members are booksellers, publishers, wholesalers, vendors, and industry friends.
Article - Opening a Bookstore

Public Libraries - Search for books and ebooks using title, author or keyword. Information, articles, and discussions about issues that affect public libraries.

ISBN.org - ISBN History.

Amazon - What are UPCs, EANs, ISBNs. and ASINs?

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Selling Books & Magazines Online - Articles, eBooks & Resources

AbeBooks - AbeBooks' 50 Most Expensive Sales of 2014.

Adam's Picks - Sell Books Online

Amazon Movers & Shakers - Our biggest gainers (products) in sales rank over the past 24 hours.

BookFinder.com - Find used books, out of print books, textbooks, rare books and new books for sale.
Search hundreds of millions of books from over 100,000 booksellers and 60+ websites worldwide.

BookSaleFinder - Free list, just click on the state(s) you are interested in. - About Book Sales

BookSalesFound - We contact every possible book sale source in the the country to bring you a list of MEGA profitable book sales! Many of these sales are not advertised on any other website. This means that you have a great chance of being the only dealer at the sale... just imagine!

BookSellingBlog - Top 10 Other iPhone Apps for Booksellers, How to Pack and Ship Used Books & More.

Book Think - now in our 11th year, is the #1 ranked resource provider for online and open shop book dealers and book collectors. Resources include: Newsletter, Guide to Online Bookselling, Author Reports, Moderated Book Forums, Book-Related Links.

Book To The Future - How to Sell Used Books with Amazon FBA.
Video - How to List 200 Books Per Hour on Amazon FBA.
Book To The Future - Top Single Sources in 2014 for Books.

Collectors Corner - 11-02-14 - National Geographic - By Michele Alice
Collectors Corner - 10-05-14 -
Vintage Paperbacks - by Michele Alice. Article & references.

Creative Sourcing For Booksellers, Expanded and Updated: Expanded and Updated, With Double the Cutting-Edge Book Sourcing Content. Simply put, this course shows you new and creative ways to find inventory, including books, CDs, VHS and other media, that you can sell on Amazon/eBay or in your store. This course will show you not only new places to buy books and media, but also abundant sources of FREE INVENTORY.

Daily Finance - How One Mom and Pop Business Is Beating Amazon.

Dane Carlson - Used Books: A Great Business Opportunity by Adam Bertram

Dane Carlson - Selling Old Magazine Pages Online By Dane Carlson

eCommerceBytes - 04-10-2016 - Online Bookselling in the Age of Kindle.

FBA Mastery - 10 Overlooked Books Sources. Free Download.
FBA Mastery - My biggest library book sale ever.
FBA Mastery - A weird Amazon book source, hiding in plain sight.

Independent Online Booksellers Association - IOBA -International trade organization for internet booksellers. We offer opportunities for continuing education, and provide a forum to network with colleagues and discuss issues that affect us all, worldwide.

InternetBookselling - Making Money Online Selling Used Books

InternetBookselling - Wireless Barcode Scanner, Information & Strategies for Booksellers.

Love to Know Antiques - Free Book Appraisals

Online Bookselling - Resouces for online sellers. Large collection of information and articles.

Promotion Tools for Creative Sourcing For Booksellers. by Frank Aaron Florence
Book Sales Found. by Frank Aaron Florence.

Ruzuku - Video - Building a 7-Figure Bookselling Empire. About an hour long.

ScoutBotPro - Book inventory tool, for locating good buys on books to resell.

Sell Books Online - Blog about selling books online.

Seth Godin's Blog - Understanding the Long Tail.

Suzanne a. Wells - Before you toss that magazine in the recycling bin…

The Bookshop Blog - Well rounded book blog including - Selling Books Online.

TheTopTens - Interesting colleciton of top-tens of various book categories.

TomFolio.com - Bookdealer members share information on collecting books, magazines, and ephemera. Extensive book source. Books, Periodicals, Ephemera Categories.

TruthGalore - Sell eBooks on eBay Properly.

Note: There is info for selling eBooks on eBay on the Common eBay-Questions page of this website.

Library Bag Sale Amazon FBA Pricing Strategy
Comic Books
Marvel Comics - Ultimate 75 - Marvel Turns 75.
Book Sourcing Apps & Scanners

More about Apps and Scanners on Amazon Page & Selling & Listing Tips Page in this site.


Amazon Seller - Amazon's product scanner app for iPhone.

Book Finder - App 4.5 Rating. Book Finder helps you to compare and buy any book at lowest price possible online or offline just by scanning the barcode of the book or by searching the book.There is an option to search for a pdf of the books if one exists.

Book Finder - App 4.5 Rating. It's first and best app for book finding. Using this app you can find information about 90% books. It's not book downloader, but you can find here helpful urls for book downlading.

Book Finder - App 2.5 Rating. Android Apps on Google Play - Find and buy any book you want. Also you can find your favorite authors and so on. Over 150 million books.

Book Selling Resources - Scanners & Software
Also see Amazon page in this web site for more scanning info.

Media Scouter - Members across the globe utilize MediaScouter software at library sales, thrift shops, garage sales and book sales. These items are then listed and sold for significant profit on the internet. MediaScouter loaded on a PDA or Smart phone along with a scanner reads the ISBN/UPC barcode.

Media Scouter

ScoutPal - Just enter (or scan, if you have a scanner attached) ISBNs or UPCs, and ScoutPal will "Fetch" the information you need, and quickly present it to you in a concise form: the lowest prices in used/new/collectible, Amazon price and sales rank. Live results include a summary of market prices and quantities, sales rank, editions and availability, and used/new/collectible details.

BookScoutPro - Get Realtime Book Prices on Your SmartPhone NOW!! Amazon, AbeBooks, Alibris, Biblio, eBay,
Half, Ecampus & TextBookX! Plus Pricing for Music CDs, VHS Videos, DVDs, Video Games, Software & More!

The Web Sellers' Circle - Book Scouting Part 2 - Bluetooth Scanners
Serialio - Barcode Scanners (From the above article.)

A Seller Tool - Smart Phone and PDA tools.Type in the ISBN/UPC, or scan a barcode.

neatOscan - The Neatoscan service, Neatopricer, utilizes a barcode scanner, a PDA (Portable Data Assistant) or iPhone/Android device and an headset to allow you to quickly and easily determine the value of books and other merchandise while disconnected from the internet. Video - Introduction to Book Scanning.
neatOscan - On Facebook.

Amazon Search Results for Barcode Scanners. Just some examples:
Amazon Search Results - Scanners
Amazon Search Results - Scanners
Amazon Search Results - Scanners

Listen to a bestseller for $7.49 at audible.com! Website Magazine eBooks Cheap Books for Download
Book Dealers & Retail Resources

Book Retail Resources

TomFolio.com - List of bookstores by company name and location.

Abe Books - Launched in 1996, AbeBooks is an online marketplace where you can buy new, used, rare and out-of-print books, as well as cheap textbooks. We connect you with thousands of professional booksellers around the world and millions of books are listed for sale. Shopping on AbeBooks is easy, safe and 100% secure - search for your book, purchase a copy via our secure checkout process and the bookseller ships it straight to you.
Abe Books - Advanced search page.

ReaderiQ - This tool allows you to import your Amazon.com Wish List into our Price Drop Notification system.

Amazon Top 100 Free and Top 100 Paid eBooks - Go to Amazon. Along the left hoover over "Shop By Department" and wait for the drop-down menu, in the drop-down menu hoover over one of the "Kindle" links and in the next pop-up menu that appears to the right, look for "Kindle Books" and click on "Kindle Books". At that page, along the left side under the category "Popular Features" click "Kindle Best Sellers". And there you are! Just select "Top 100 Paid" or "Top 100 Free". There are other ways to get there, such as a search, but this gives a good 3-column view.

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Book Identification Info & Sources

Number Line: A sequence of numbers used to identify how many reprints of the book have been issued. Many publishers use numbers 1 - 10 in various combinations where 1 is the first printing. When the 1 is removed and the lowest number is 2, that indicates a second printing, when the 2 is removed that indicates a third printing, and so on. A "Complete Number Line" is when all of the of numbers in the series are present, and generally indicates that a book is a first edition. This is not an absolute, some publishers, start with 2 as an indication of a first printing.

Some books will not have a number line. Some books will say what printing the book was, such as fifth printing. Some publishers will be really confusing by providing the older, original copyright date on a much newer edition. This is why it is so important to research a first edition book before selling or buying a book.

Number Line Example: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 or mixed like 10 8 6 4 2 1 3 5 7 9

Popular paperback books can have numerous printings and may even be in double digits, they also may indicate the month of the reprinting. Paperback books are often collectible for their cover artwork.

Book Club Editions: Book Club Editions will be missing a retail sales price on the flap of the dust jacket and the dust jacket will often say it is a Book Club Edition.

Harry Potter Books

Market Watch - 07-31-2014 - On Harry Potter’s birthday, 4 ways to profit from the wizard.
Includes information about 1st edition "Harry Potter" books.

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry - From my research, the true first American edition was published by Reynal & Hitchcock, Inc. in 1943. Many times a version printed in about the 1960s that is published by Harcourt & Brace Publishing Company is thought to be a first edition, because the copyright date says 1943, but the Harcourt & Brace Publishing Company did not exist in 1943. Here are a few references and there are plenty more.

1st editions are by Reynal & Hitchcock.:
http://www.lepetitprince.net/sub_HB/indexHB-1E.html and

Good details and points of true 1st editions of "The Little Prince":

Timeline for Harcourt & Brace Publishing Co. (Wikipedia): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harcourt_(publisher)

Timeline for author Antoine de Saint-Exupéry: http://www.harcourtbooks.com/LittlePrince/timeline.asp

Stephen King First Editions:

List of first editions:

Details about first edition Stephen King books:

Primary publishers of Stephen King Books and their designations:

Huge picture collection of Stephen King book covers.

List of Stephen King works and publishing sequence:

Hardy Boys Books:


Left Behind Series

Wikipedia.org - Information and list of books in the series.


SRA Reading Laboratory - Mcgrawhill - Children's reading program.

Misc. Reading

Business Opportunities Weblog - 02-20-2014 - Trade Books For Beer.

Issuu - To empower individuals, companies, and institutions to publish their documents across all digital platforms. Millions of avid readers come to Issuu every day to read free publications, created by enthusiastic publishers from all over the globe.

American Booksellers Association - ABA

BookExpo America
May 28, 2014 to May 31, 2014
New York, NY

Spring Regional Forums
March 5, 2014 to April 30, 2014
CO - GA - OH - MN - IA - TN - OR - CA - NY - MA

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