How to Label Your Books for Amazon FBA

Labeling Books


Labeling should be one of the easiest processes in your operations flow. After submitting your listings, you can sign in to your Amazon seller account, select your shipping plan, and print the corresponding product labels. Amazon provides a PDF download for printing (30-up labels by default). If you use Bulklister, you will be able to print either Dymo Labels or 30-up labels in the software.  

30-up labels

The most common labels available are the Avery 5160 labels. These can be purchased at most office supply or retail stores. However, there are also many companies that sell these labels online, often at a lower cost. The commonality between all labels is that they are 1" x 2 5/8 mailing labels with 30 per sheet. The advantage of using 30 labels per sheet is that they can be printed using any printer. 

Dymo Labels

Dymo thermal printers offer several benefits to FBA sellers, such as saving on labeling and paper waste costs. The Dymo 400 and 450 label printers are popular among booksellers since they don't require ink, burning label information onto label paper instead. The ability to print only what is needed is another advantage of these printers, reducing paper and ink expenses. To print Dymo labels, a seller needs specialized software that converts label information to fit the Dymo format.

Using Bulklister software can enhance label printing efficiency by enabling you to print one or many labels at a time. This software organizes the label printing according to the order items are scanned, allowing you to identify the exact next item for labeling without searching for its title. This eliminates the need for guesswork, streamlining the labeling process.

Should I use a Label Service?

As an FBA seller, it is important to understand the labeling process to save on costs and gain a better understanding of bookselling concepts. While Amazon offers a labeling service that charges by the unit, it may not be necessary for most businesses to use this service. Learning the labeling process can help sellers reduce costs and have more control over their operations. However, the labeling service can be useful for businesses with larger budgets or those who prefer to have Amazon handle labeling. Ultimately, the decision to use the Amazon labeling service will depend on the specific needs and goals of your business.

Labeling and Operations

Each step in the operations workflow helps to verify that the previous step has been done correctly. If labels don’t print out as expected, this can indicate a listing error or oversight has occurred. When this happens, place these items aside and investigate the issue later.  

Does Amazon exclude items from shipments?

It's important to note that there are instances where Amazon may impose restrictions on the sale of certain items on its platform. These restrictions are put in place when a manufacturer requests Amazon to mandate that sellers establish a wholesale relationship before listing and selling an item.

If you do not possess the necessary permission to sell these "Restricted" items, Amazon will exclude the product and its label from your shipment. This feature is quite handy as it helps you stay informed about the items that are not permitted for sale on the platform. It's essential to avoid sending items that cannot be sold on Amazon, as doing so could result in unnecessary work and possible disposal of the item. Thus, it is crucial to keep all shipment errors to a minimum to save time and resources.

Applying Labels

After printing the labels, the first step is to locate the first item and place the corresponding label over its barcode. The subsequent labels should then follow in the exact sequence as they were scanned. Occasionally, books may have multiple barcodes on the back cover. In such cases, Amazon requires that these additional barcodes be covered with blank labels to avoid any confusion for the warehouse workers. It is advisable to keep some blank labels handy for this purpose.

Once all the labels have been affixed and all barcodes are securely covered, the next step is to package and ship the items. By following this process, you can ensure that your shipments are properly labeled and organized, which will help to minimize errors and ensure timely delivery to your customers.

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