How to List Books on Amazon FBA

List on Amazon

Use Software to List your Books Quickly

Many new FBA sellers choose to list and price items using Amazon Seller Central. This was also our initial approach. Over time we found that Amazon's listing and pricing tools are not optimized to help sellers save time or resources. In contrast, the process is repetitive and requires more work than necessary. For this reason, we recommend using specialized listing software such as Bulklister.


We use Bulklister to list books, media, and other products. This software helps to streamline our operations, making it possible to process hundreds of items per hour. Time is of the essence, and this allows us to focus more effort on business development activities.


Listing and pricing is a time-consuming process and can be an obstacle to business growth. Specialized listing software is designed for efficiency and can drastically improve your workflow. This helps to eliminate wasted time, effort, and resources. Therefore as your eCommerce business begins to grow, it is imperative to invest in tools that help you grow your business.     


Listing with Software

If you are listing used books and media, first inspect then sort by the condition. Next, organize the items into stacks based on condition. Regarding used books, we stick to Very Good, Good, and Acceptable for the majority of books. There are special cases when you may include specialized condition notes to better describe an item. An example would be Good (Includes CD), or Acceptable (Ex-Library copy). Any book with a special note should be scanned at the end. This helps to keep the labels all in the right sequence once they are printed. 


Place the books faced down with the barcodes up. Scan the barcode then flip and place the book down again recreating the pile with the barcode now facing down. This provides an opportunity to verify the cover art matches. Although optional, we find it useful to prevent listing errors (many books share ISBN identifiers). 


This listing approach creates an exact and predictable order for labels. When labels are printed you’ll find every book and label in exact order. This will help to avoid hunting for books while labeling.


Condition Notes

Condition notes are your form of customer service as an FBA seller. Make sure you do this part well. All books should have a condition note. Customers want to know what they are buying. The better the condition note the more likely the book will be purchased. When grading books, we separate and put the books into stacks based on the conditions below.

  • Like New - Essentially New Book (New)
  • Very Good - Very minimal signs of use (Looks almost new)
  • Good - The books have been read but are still in good condition (Most Used Books)
    • Good Ex-Library - Former Library Book
    • Good with Dedication -  A name, dedication, or inscription written on the 1st or 2nd page.
    • Good Highlighting/Underlining/Notes - Light markings of any kind. 10 percent or less.
  • Acceptable - A readable copy, but may have cover damage, bent pages, or more than 10% writing/ highlighting, yet does not obscure the text in any way.

Note: We also take note if there is an included CD or Missing CD. We write this on a post-it note and cover the barcode as a reminder. These books are put aside and scanned last with the tag (CD included) or (CD missing).

Examples:

Here are examples of condition notes that you can use or alter to fit your needs. If there is a CD or Access code be sure to add (CD Included) or (Access Code Included) before the general description if you’d like. This may entice customers to buy your copy over competitors.  

  • Like New Excellent condition with clean, crisp pages. Essentially a new book in gift-ready condition. Ships directly from Amazon. Eligible for free shipping and Amazon Prime plus a hassle-free return policy mean your satisfaction is guaranteed!
  • Very Good - Crisp and clean pages free of any markings. Tight binding and crease-free spine. Overall great condition. Ships directly from Amazon. Eligible for free shipping and Amazon Prime plus a hassle-free return policy mean your satisfaction is guaranteed!
  • Good - Gently used. Tight binding and crease-free spine. Minimal wear to cover and corners. Ships directly from Amazon. Eligible for free shipping and Amazon Prime plus a hassle-free return policy mean your satisfaction is guaranteed!
    • Good Ex-Library -Former library book. Item shows light signs of wear from library use but remains in good condition. All pages and cover are intact. Pages may include limited notes and highlighting. The text is clear and easily readable. Eligible for free shipping and Amazon Prime plus a hassle-free return policy mean your satisfaction is guaranteed.
    • Good with Dedication -Inscription written inside front cover. Otherwise, this is a gently used book. Tight binding and crease-free spine. Minimal wear to cover and corners. Ships directly from Amazon. Eligible for free shipping and Amazon Prime plus a hassle-free return policy mean your satisfaction is guaranteed
    • Good Highlighting/Underlining/Notes -Some light highlighting/underlining or notes on a few select pages. Some wear but overall good condition. Ships directly from Amazon and is eligible for Prime or super saver (free) shipping.
  • Acceptable - A readable copy. All pages are intact, and the cover is intact. Pages can include considerable notes (in pen or highlighter) but the notes cannot obscure the text. Ships directly from Amazon.

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