Starting an online book store can be a passionate endeavor. There is no doubt that if you’re looking to do so you love books. Problem is there is quite a bit of competition, not the least of which comes from major online retailers such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble. This does not mean that you should be discouraged however, you just need to find your niche. One of the hardest parts of getting started is not creating a web site and getting the business online, but in fact getting the inventory to sell. This is one way that focusing on a particular genre, or groups of related genres is the best strategy.
Locating books by author names or titles can be problematic in many situations. Many authors have the same names, and books can have the same titles or multiple editions. For this reason publishers have decided on a standardized way to track their books using an ISBN, or International standard book number . Each book published is assigned one of these unique 10 to 13 digit numbers in order to help anyone quickly inventory and locate a particular title.
So how do you go about finding the ISBN and start speaking the language of book publishers? These ISBN’s can always be found printed on the physical book itself, so if you come across a title that you’re interested in you should write it down. Any publishers catalog will also include an ISBN for each title as a way to search through and place an order for books. Web sites that are already established will also have a way to search by ISBN, often time changing the search criteria will reveal an ISBN option. This is simply the easiest way to keep track of multiple authors, titles, and editions published for books in the marketplace.
Finding the best prices on books can be a bit tricky, especially if you’re just starting. Often times you will find it hard to compete with the prices larger online bookstores can offer, but this shouldn’t be a deal breaker. There are quite a few potential customers that will choose to shop at a smaller “mom and pop” online bookstore because they feel better doing so. Focusing on a specific niche is another great way to attract a loyal base of customers that will come to you for all the latest releases, as well as any past favorites they’re looking to catch up on.
Starting an online bookstore can be a lucrative and rewarding endeavor. Knowing how to easily locate and order books is essential if you’re ever hoping to get off the ground. The ISBN is an industry standard that every online bookstore owner should know inside and out. Ordering with an ISBN is just as simple as ordering a book by its title, it just cuts out any of the confusion from the equation. After a few times locating and ordering through the ISBN you’ll realize how helpful they really are to helping you get the most out of your online bookstore.