But I cannot express the intent of the author better than quoting from the book itself : "The advent of online used bookselling has greatly lowered the stakes involved in failing as a used bookseller. Instead of losing anywhere from $20,000 to $100,000 and having to hire a lawyer to negotiate one's way out of a multi-year lease and a mountain of publisher and distributor debt, a failed online used bookseller might lose $500 and a lot of time and effort. But it remains true that many will fail. It doesn't have to be this way, so our mission with this book is three-fold: First, we hope that by providing a candid look at the nitty-gritty of used bookselling, to persuade a significant number of people to do something else for which they may be better suited; Second, we believe we can provide and organize information and suggestions that may accelerate progress on the learning curve and make the difference between success and failure for a significant number of current and future online used booksellers; and Third, we hope to improve the overall quality and market strength of online used bookselling by helping sellers to raise the bar when it comes to customer service and fulfillment, business practices and efficiencies, diversity of offerings, and pricing strategy, so that the ensuing improvement in customer experience will ultimately mean more customers and more selling for the sellers." - Stephen Windwalker, Selling Used Books Online, 2002.
With this little book in hand, anyone can master book scouting and selling like a pro. If you are just looking to make some extra money with as little hassle as possible, this book will guide you accordingly. It is an easy read that I personally still have a copy of in my personal book collection to this day.
Thanks from all your fans Stephen.