October 27-29 Monterey Marriott
Monterey, California
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Monday, October 27, 2014

C101 - Selling Books on Amazon!

10:15 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
DeAnza I & II (Portola)

There are several reasons for libraries to reduce and de-accession their collections: space issues, collective borrowing agreements among consortia, duplicate copies, preservation, and digitization of monographs and serials. As libraries gain more digital collections, they are reducing their physical collections through weeding. If libraries want to recoup their losses from discards, they can sell discarded/ withdrawn library books on Amazon and use the money to finance technology initiatives. Hear about one library’s experiment to see how much money could be raised by selling books on Amazon. This session discusses the processes to choose, evaluate, and post books to Amazon; the ways of selling on Amazon; how to create an Amazon seller account; and discovering that some of the books that are being discarded are more than 100 years old, others are out-of-print and/ or rare, but some buyers on Amazon want the content of the books and don’t necessarily care about condition.

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