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Used Books Sale Online – and you too can make money selling books!

What types of books do you like? Do you have an interest in books? Have you ever thought of trying to sell books online to make money? Perhaps you’re thinking you would like to, but you don’t want to deal with inventory, shipments, customers and all the issues that go along with selling items.

Now, if you have books of your own that you want to sell, then there are some ways you can do that, which I will get into for you.

However, if you would like to sell used books online without any inventory, I can also show you how to do that. So let’s get into it!

Selling Books Online with No Inventory

This is the best part! 

  • No inventory
  • No customers
  • No returns

How do you do that?  How do you sell things without these components?  You do that by becoming an affiliate marketer.

An affiliate marketer promotes books online and receives a commission for any sales, but the merchant actually mails out the products and deals directly with the customer.  You are just the referring partner, that’s it!

Affiliate Marketing Examples

Affiliate marketing is super easy, but there is a process.  Your first step will be to find your niche.  If used books is your niche, you can find lots of merchants that sell used (or new) books and market them for the merchant.

You simply apply with the merchant (in this example, Amazon) and then they will give you links to their products which will pay a commission to you if someone buys through those links.

So, in this example, I am promoting books on my favorite subject, Affiliate Marketing:

The promotion above is where you promote a series of products.  You can also promote one product at a time.  Let’s say you want to write an article and promote just one book!

You might write your article and integrate a promotion like one of these into your article:

If you click on either one of those pictures, it will take you to the Amazon sales page:

how to sell used books online

Searching for products to market

Continuing with Amazon as our example, I’m going to take you for a trip inside the platform so you can see how easy it is to find and choose products to display on your website!

In this example, let’s look for used books on motivation:

how to sell books online

As you can see, you’ll get a lot of choices.  You can click the “get link” button and get the link for your website.

Now, if want to do a whole row of products like I did above with the affiliate marketing books, you can do that through the “native ads” area like this:

how to sell used books online

As you can see above, you choose the format (I chose grid), the subject (books & textbooks), the keywords (make money online), and now I choose the products to diplay by clicking “Add” for any book I want!

Then the add will appear like this on your page:

Setting up an affiliate website

Have you taken the first step of setting up your affiliate website yet?  Keep in mind that in order to affiliate market, you will need a website.  Most companies, like Amazon, want to see your site and be sure their products are in alignment with their products and/or services.  That’s very important!

I can help you to set up your first website 100% for free.  You’ll also be eligible for 10 training modules to start your business.  It gives you step-by-step instructions to get started.

In the tabs above, you’ll see a lot of resources and information for affiliate marketers.  You can read various articles about the process.

when you’re ready for your free Starter Membership, click below:

Selling your own used books

There are a lot of sites online where you can showcase and sell your items.  One is

Another one is

You can sell a variety of products on also:

Want to learn affiliate marketing?

If you want to get started, I can you!


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Born in Texas, raised in upstate New York, I have been marketing for my entire adult life.I have decided to share all the information I have gathered on what works in affiliate marketing, and what doesn't because I want to let the world know that working online gives you the freedom to work from anywhere, and that is exactly what I do!

Starting out can be tough, I know, so I will also be sharing lots of free resources to get you going.I am dedicated to providing this information to my readers, and I hope you always feel free to reach out to me.

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  1. As a writer and an aspiring author, you writing about book selling caught my eye. I really love how you braided the content particularly on the delivery you did to resonate your message to your readers. Excellent.

    Yes, there are a lot of opportunities related to it, albeit the expense the author has to spend before the publishing calls for its commence. I wrote a lot of books and until now, remained unpublished. But I’m not saying I won’t do in the future, because I will.

    It’s a great thing you shared how to make money in books although someone isn’t writing a book at all. Promoting books, especially those that resonated well to the content writer, is a great thing. Not just promoting for the sake. 

    Overall, I am grateful for writing this, Babs. 

    1. Thank you, Mecyll!  That’s so exciting that you are an aspiring author!  I write a lot of content for my blog, and honestly, I’ve been thinking about writing a book myself.  I’ve been writing my entire life.  Great to hear from you!  ~ Babs

  2. I’m pretty sure books are  good target product in Affiliate Marketing. People in all parts of the world are always hungry for culture, entertainment and knowledge and Amazon has always been a go to for wide variety of choices. An affiliate marketer endorsing these type of product must also have knowledge on this particular area.

    If I would be asked, my choice of books are teen adventure and suspense. It’s my vibe when it comes to reading. Makes me go back on days when I was a teen. It helps me relieve stress even if the content itself is sometimes stressful. 

    You see, affiliate marketing is flexible in a way that you can choose your most comfortable interest and incorporate it with your work. Thanks for sharing this idea. Have a nice day!

    1. You’re so right!  Books are an amazing product because almost everybody loves them!  Our local book stores in my area of New York are packed almost every time I go in.  People in the cafe reading, strolling the isles looking at various books, sitting and reading.  It’s a blast going in and perusing through the books.  I do buy books online myself as well, and so many people shop online now, you can’t go wrong!  ~ Babs

  3. Very cool article.  I love to read and was online looking for ways to earn money with book sales when I found your article.  I’ve heard of affiliate marketing before but when I started reading an article about books on the topic of affiliate marketing, and then being guided into what affiliate marketing is…it all came together.  I’m just not sure I have the talent to create a website just so I can sell books.  Where would I even begin?

    Thanks for any input you can provide.

    1. Mike, creating a website through the Wealthy Affiliate program takes literally about 30 seconds.  I’m not exaggerating.  It’s so easy, almost done for you.  If you can write, you can create a wonderful website.  If you love what you’re promoting, and you care about providing good information for people, you’ll be highly successful.  I would be happy to help you, just reach out to me.   ~ Babs

  4. I like this post, you have shared great ideas. I always wanted to sell e- books but I wasn’t sure how to do that. I thought I needed to buy rights from the author and create an online store of mine to sell them.

    But the idea of selling books as affiliate program is really awesome. So, all I will have to do is create content about the book subject and recommend the book. That’s pretty easy and fun!


    1. It is!  You can do books on a specific subject or however you want!  No inventory!  It’s amazing.  Creating your own ebooks is also really easy with the Designrr program.  You simply use any article you’ve written and the ebook creator takes the content from the url.  I wrote an article about that here:  MAKE YOUR OWN EBOOKS  ~ Babs

  5. I am looking to learn how to sell products online. Your idea of selling used books online seems so easy. I do not like to keep inventory, so affiliate marketing will be good for me. You have lots of information on affiliate marketing which I like to learn more.

    Do you sell your stuff on Mercari?  I do have some used books, do you think is good to sell on Mercari?

    1. If you have physical books, then you would want a site like Mercan to sell them.  If you want to sell books, promote them, but not carry inventory or deal with customers, then you would want to affiliate market the products.  ~ Babs

  6. Thanks for all the great tips. I have had some limited success selling used books online I browse thrift stores everywhere I go looking books. 

    I love books and sometimes it’s hard to let them go so I might just decide to hold on to it. 

    I will be using some of the information you have presented here to hopefully increase sales. Thanks for sharing 

  7. Thank you so much for sharing such an excellent article with us.You can make a lot of money by selling books online.I myself work as a marketer online and sell a variety of products and advertise my products in such a way that they are attracted recently.But I never thought about selling books online. After reading your registration it seems that selling books online can make a lot of money.At Wealthy Affiliate I will sell books and I will share new experiences with you later.

  8. Hi, I enjoyed reading your article on Used Books Sale Online and you too can make money selling books.  There’s a lot of helpful and great information about selling books.

    Affiliate marketing selling books is a great idea.  I love to read books and I like your book Affiliate Marketing by K.M. Kasim.  I would love to learn more about becoming an Affiliate Marketer.  What affiliate programs sells books?  Any kind of information would be greatly appreciated

    Thank you,


    1. Hello Margaret,

      If you have a true interest in becoming an affiliate marketer for books, there are hundreds to choose from, like:

      Abe Books
      Chronicle Books
      Biblio Books

      … just to name a few…   ~ Babs

  9. Hey, I enjoy a lot while reading your article and find it very useful for everyone. while reading I know that as an affiliate marketer promotes books online and receives a commission for any sales, but the merchant actually mails out the products and deals directly with the customer. Thanks for sharing an awesome guide to motivate people like me.

    1. That is one of the best parts of affiliate marketing.  It’s marketing without the customer hassle.  They buy from the merchant and the merchant pays you a referral commission.  You never deal directly with the customer!  How cool is that?  ~ Babs

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