Book Sourcing Secrets is an eBook by Peter Valley specifically about sourcing books to sell via the amazon FBA program. Peter is the author of several other amazon related eBooks, and also writes the blog: www.fbamastery.com.
Normally I share the full table of contents for any eBook that I am reviewing, but this book is different. There are 43 chapters in this book, and each one is a specific method that can be used for sourcing books. As a result, the table of contents on the sales page looks like this (click to enlarge):
So, while I cant share the exact titles of each chapter, I can share that the book is broken into 3 main types of sources to find books to resell. The first 10 chapters are core sources, chapters 11 through 31 are supplemental sources, and chapters 32 through 43 are advanced sourcing. The general concept of the sourcing names is that the core sources are always available and can make up the core of your business. The supplemental sources are occasionally available and can be mixed in throughout the year with the core sources as an additional means of finding books. The advanced strategies are indeed advanced, and could be mixed in with other sourcing, and some of these could potentially become a main sourcing option depending on how far you wanted to take it.
Before we get into what is covered in each of the main sections of the book, I will cover a bit about how each chapter is laid out in the book. Each chapter contains an overview of the type of source, and explains a bit about how each one can be used to source inventory. Each chapter then contains Profit Hacks which are tips specific to each sourcing method that Peter has found to be helpful in finding books to resell at each location. The third and final component of each chapter is the story. This is exactly what is sounds like, and the author shares a story from personal experience that helps to emphasize the profit hacks, as well as to learn from both mistakes and successes of the author. Each chapter contains the intro and profit hacks, and most contain a story as well.
Lets begin with covering the core sources that are included in the book. These are 10 of the regular sources that Peter is sourcing books to sell via the fulfillment by amazon program. I personally have sourced products at 6 of these 10 sources to resell on amazon, but I havent necessarily sourced books at all of these 10. I do have access to all 10 of these sources, so there is the opportunity to expand my sourcing to some of the others that I am not going to.
All 10 of these sources are locations that the vast majority of the US population would have access to. The tips included in each chapter about sourcing using each of these 10 methods are well laid out and contain very specific tips of how to succeed using methods that have been tried by the author.
The second section of the book is 21 supplemental sources. Personally, I have only used 6 of these 21 methods for sourcing products to sell on amazon. I believe I have access to all 21 of these supplemental sources but had never even considered sourcing books at many of them until reading this eBook. The vast majority of these sources are widely available, and the overall US population would have access to 80% or more of each of the sources listed. These are generally sources that would be used occasionally to find books, but in some areas there is the potential that they could be primary or core methods.
The third and final section of the book comprises 12 advanced sourcing methods that can be used. Prior to reading this book, I had only used one of these 12 advanced methods. The 12 sources that are in this chapter are somewhat advanced and are not as easy as some of the others, but the potential payoff can be significant.
Normally, I would dive deeper into the specific components of the book, but in this case, it would be giving away the exact information from the book. I will now provide some overall thoughts on the book.
There is one main thing that I did not like about this book, and that is that the author occasionally encourages the reader to bend the rules or suggest things that might be questionable ethically. This ranges from listing books as new on amazon that by the letter of the law should be listed as like new, to following the thought of asking forgiveness rather than permission. This is the main thing that stuck out to me that is likely to turn off some readers. If you end up purchasing this book, be sure to think for yourself whether you want to follow certain portions of the authors advice.
With that said, there is a lot that I did like about this eBook. It is literally a list of 43 places that you can source books, and includes the actual methods to be used at each of these sources. This is very different from many other resources that are out there that are more conceptual in nature.
I also really liked the profit hacks and the stories included in the books. The profit hacks are mainly from the authors experience, and contain actionable information. The majority of the stories are very well written, are entertaining, and drive home a certain point at the same time.
If you have never sourced books before, I believe this book would greatly help you to quicken your expansion into the category. If you are already sourcing books, I think there would be many sources in this book that you are currently using, but there are likely to be quite a few sources of the 43 that you have never used before.
I am rating this book 8.9/10, and would rate it even higher if it wasnt for the occasional mentions of bending the rules.
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