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How Do Bookstores Buy Books


Where and exactly how does an online bookstore get its stock of books?? does it involve a team of employees that have to visit various bookstores to get the stock?? or do they have a tie up with major publishers and distributors that ship books to them which then are shipped to us??in either case, the online…

The book publishers could deal directly with Amazon and the other big on line book sellers as well as Barnes and Nobel and the various stores that sell books in the mall. In order to get the best wholesale prices from say Rand McNally you must buy a certain volume of books. The companies just place their orders on line. They also sell to brokers that wholesale books to the smaller stores. The small book publishers may deal only with brokers that only wholesale books or they may take orders by internet from qualified buyers.

How do I know which books to buy.

I want to buy my books for college online but how do I know what books I specifically need?

Collect your information about which classes you are taking. You’ll need to know the course number (something like MAT 103 or E 215), your section number (if there is more than one section offered, which there will be for things like math and English), and your instructor’s name if you have been given it.Go to your college bookstore’s website. (If you don’t know the site, try googling something like:bookstore “university of wherever”with your school name instead of the University of Wherever’s. Look for the link to buy books from the bookstore itself. (No, you are not actually going to buy the books from that site.) Eventually, you will get to a page on which you can select the departments your classes are from. Pick the department for your first class (in the examples above, you’d use MAT or E). When you do that, you’ll be able to choose the number part (like 103 or 215). Then you’ll pick the section number (which will probably have the instructors’ names, too).You may go right to the books for that class, but probably you’ll add that class to a list of classes and you’ll get all your books at the end. If that’s the case, go do the same thing with your second class, and so on.Once you have all your classes selected, you’ll click on a link to show all of your books.In some classes, you may have recommended books as well as required books, so make sure you check so you know which are the required books. (You should probably wait on the recommended books until you have a better idea of how they’d help you.) You’ll get titles and authors (or the first part of the title and the first author or something) plus an ISBN.An ISBN is a number that is assigned to one particular book. If a book comes in both hardcover and softcover, there will be a different ISBN for each. If there are different editions, they’ll get different ISBN’s. So when you use the ISBN to identify a book, you can be sure that you have the right one.Copy and paste the ISBN for each required book into a new document. You’ll probably also want the title and author so you can be certain that the ISBN is correct. (If there’s an error, you’ll get a totally different book or no book at all.)Then, when you go online to search for that book, use the ISBN to identify it: when you put a valid ISBN into the search form at Amazon, for example, you’ll go to the right page, and then you can order it online or go look for used and/or new copies in the Marketplace. It will be similar with any other store that offers the opportunity for third-party sellers to use their site to find customers, like Alibris or ValoreBooks. If you plug it into Google, you’ll end up with a list of sites that deal with that book, and many of those sites will be offering to sell copies.I suggest that you check the publisher’s page for each book while you’re at it, to find out whether there are CD’s, DVD’s, or codes for the publisher website that come with the book. If so, you’re going to have to assume that used copies of the book will not include those things unless the seller explicitly says those things are there. You will probably be able to buy those things from the publisher directly, but if your professor uses them it will mean that the cost of the used book is more than the seller is telling you.I hope that this helps and that you have a great semester/quarter. 2nd grade books

how do small independent bookstores get there books.

i want to have my own idepenent book store with just fiction books but how do you get the books from publishers?

Check on line the book publishers and review the ones you liketo see which ones you can afford or offer discounts on the amountyou might like, or I would check with a larger store and see ifthey can order a few for you if costs are a factor. Bulk buyingmight be a better way. Note you still need to make a profit sodo your research. Ask other smaller book stores how theymanage there business.

How do you decide which book to buy in a bookstore if you are not familiar with subject.

I hate buying books for just that reason. I am definitally a library person. I also try to stick to classics that have proved their vaule by remaining popular.

How does Barnes N’ Noble bookstore generate revenue. Only a few people buy any books.

Everyone just reads in the cafe or sofas. It’s like a public library with starbucks.

Yeah, I absolutely hate how book stores do that nowadays.It’s nice that they have couches around the place–because you have worn out shoppers and people who bring along others who are more/less into books than they are, so someone inevitably gets bored.But I HATE the fact that they let people read books and magazines. I once found ONE copy of a book that I had wanted, only to find that the spine was creased incredibly; it looked like someone opened it harshly to take a picture of it with their phone/camera or something like that, just so they could get the information for free. Um, here’s a tip–they’ve got libraries out there. Whole buildings dedicated to letting you look at books for free.I think people should have to pay when they damage something–and the others who buy it later should get discounts for “damaged goods”.They still sell lots of stuff, though–and they sell CDs and DVDs to increase more revenue. So they make out just fine… and unfortunately people continue to take advantage of the space and read for free.

Do bookstores buy books of ONLY those with a returnability program.

I have just published a book with and am contemplating buying their Bookseller Return package, which is a lot of money ($699). It’s a program which, says, book stores are able to return any unbought books, without any decrease in royalties for the author. Are there a lot of…

Almost every bookstore only buys books on a sale-or-return basis, yes.However, DO NOT go into debt for this. Regardless of whether they are returnable, most bookstores will not buy self-published books (what you’ve just done is self-publishing – ie, you paid to have your book published) for many other reasons. The principle reason is that there is no guarantee of quality.Think about it. A bookstore has limited space on its shelves. There is a lot of competition for that shelf space. It can choose between a book published by a real publisher – ie, one that had to be good enough to be among the 0.01 percent of manuscripts that are not rejected and which the publisher had sufficient confidence in to publish at their own cost – and a book published by a vanity press / self-publishing company who will literally publish anything at all, no matter how bad, provided the author pays them. They will always, always choose the book that comes from a legitimate publisher. Sorry.You have, in all likelihood, already spent far more money than you will ever make from your book. Do not, absolutely DO NOT, spend any more money on this and certainly do not go into debt for it. You will be throwing money away. Seriously.Google ‘iuniverse publishing scam’. This is not a real publisher. They are a vanity press, barely more than a printing firm. They’re just there to take your money, nothing more. They might not be as bad as, say, PublishAmerica, but they are still not a credible publisher.

How often do you buy books from The Last Bookstore.

I’m just curious how often residents of LA attend this bookstore. Since it seems like it’s really popular, not to mention big.And also for the fact that it was recently ranked #8 in this magazine from my local newspaper (it’s called OH! but it’s more likely most people {in this section, or…

The Last Bookstore is great! It’s in downtown LA, so it’s convenient to those who work there, not so much for those that don’t. I go there about once a month when I’m downtown, my dh works about 1/2 mile from there, he goes there more frequently.There is also a huge library in downtown LA just a few blocks from The Last Bookstore.I love bookstores, I can’t wait to spend hours in Shakespeare & Company in a couple of weeks, that way I won’t mind the inevitable rain.

In the bookstore: How do you pick books to buy.

And do you check the young adults section? Sometimes there’s good stuff in there.Do you judge by title, summary, or something else? Do you search books one by one (there isn’t many considering there are many copies for each one.) Or do you just look around aimlessly until a cover catches your sight, or…

The old saying ‘never judge a book by it’s cover’ was not talking about how I pick books. I will either go directly to an author that I like and see what new books are out, or I will wander aimlessly through the store (starting in the fantasy section) and see what jumps out at me [title and/or cover], than I’ll read the back of the book. If that doesn’t sell me I check out the first paragraph of the book and if it doesn’t seem interesting than I won’t buy it.I almost always check out the young adult section! There are books I read when I was younger that now that I’ve got the money I want to be able to own them, and sometimes you find wonderful jems (like Twilight) in there. I also have 4 younger females in my family so I can pretend I’m buying the books for them.Because I read so much, lately I’ve just been going into the sale section and picking up books under $5 that interest me. (Again with the title, cover, summary search) Though I’m not as picky when it comes to purchasing a $2 books verses a $20 book.Books recommended by friends are another way I find new authors. Generally if I like one book, I’ll like a series or another book written by them. I also buy plays (especially by Canadian playwrights) because I like to encourage bookstores to stock theatre related books- other than Shakespeare- in the store.

How often do you buy books from the bookstore.

Once I’m done with the last one.As you know, I recently moved and taking all of my books was impossible. So I donated them to senior home libraries and hospital libraries and what not.Now, I’m rebuilding my own library and love a good book. I was at the book shop the day before yesterday and got a really interesting one on the regiment my grandfather served with during World War Two.

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44 thoughts on “How Do Bookstores Buy Books

  1. I generally get an idea what I want to buy before going into a bookstore.1-2 a month. More when I have more money. Im broke right now so I’m borrowing from the library.

  2. I judge by summary, cover art, title, and most the time i don’t buy books I haven’t read before.

  3. between the 1st issues I do whilst i’m in a clean place is hit upon the bookstores.i’ve got enjoyed to study diverse places and circumstances for as long as i can undergo in concepts.i do no longer think of there is something as remarkable as beginning up a clean e book.actually something would desire to be waiting interior.

  4. By searching online by similar authors, genre, recommendations from friends that like similar stuff, hearsayI ask if it’s a popular selling book.

  5. I ignore the cliche and judge it by it’s cover.

  6. Or do you just look around aimlessly until a cover catches your sight(this sounds just like me!). then i read the summary, look at the author and check books around it.

  7. Amazon watches my buying history and recommends things that are coming out….

  8. Get the book info from your campus bookstore or its website. If you go to the bookstore, you might be able to find it grouped by course subject (maybe) and then you just narrow things down further with your course number and class section. Then just take the book info (like title, ISBN number) and search online.It depends on how much money I have. I’ve bought 3 books this past week, but sometimes I will go a month or so without buying a book. I love books!

  9. Try waiting in the checkout line, and tell me nobody buys anything.

  10. You buy them from wholesalers. This webaite lists many wholesalers. Here’s one that seems to be more than just remainders and is for the USA.

  11. Check the syllabus for each of your courses.

  12. sorry but you are misinformed they stay in business by huge sales of their books, posters and the like otherwise they would have gone away long ago instead of being one of the biggest in the world

  13. every 3 weeks if i’m lucky,Not very often

  14. Usually though I already know which books I want to buy.

  15. But sometimes if the covers looks good, that’s good enough for me. I haven’t had enough bad experiences to change this habit.

  16. Never by Oprah though, that thieving fake.

  17. Somewhere on your college’s website there should be a link to the college’s bookstore website. You will need to know your class subject and level (ENG 101 for example) as well as section number. There will be a place on the bookstore website for you to enter this information and it will tell you what books you need. Check back often before classes start because not all professors put up their book lists at the same time.Check for subject matter(my town library sucks but i can walk to it and the county one is 30 minutes away and i have no car/bus)

  18. Usually, I get recommendations from my friends as to what author is good, then I read the summary, then open to a random page and make sure I like the writing style.or every 6 weeks.i keep an index card file of authors with titles of all the books written by the author. When I read a book, I note date & rate it. When I buy a book I highlight in yellow so I won’t buy it again.(that used to happen a lot–I’d buy a book, then find it again before I read the first copy)./I buy most of my books at the Goodwill, for 50 cents each, so it isn’t critical but still…

  19. On your first day of class, your instructor(s) should hand out a syllabus which will list the required textbook(s) for the course. Some schools, however, will post this information online, in each student’s school E-mail. So you might want to check there as well to see if your course syllabus has been posted online. Either way, you’ll know by the end of your first day in class what book(s) you’ll need for that particular course.

  20. people buy more books than u think, that’s how.

  21. you see if you like it and maybe you can learn a little more about that subject. Its about taking chance.

  22. Maybe 5-7 times a year.

  23. I hope this helps.There’s nothing like finally finding the book you’ve been looking for, only to find it already dog-eared and with coffee stains on it. Thanks, Barnes & Noble, Borders, and the other “all things to all people” bookstores.

  24. The book store has a list also, and sends me notices….To each his/her own bro. And to answer your question. wearing the paraphernalia you are describing, I would say that person would be gay…I remember once, there was this guy at work who would always wear this rainbow keychain hanging out of his pocket..He was a pretty big dude and I didnt wanna get into a fight for being too blunt but I asked him straight out “hey bro you know what those colors stand for right”? He just said yep….I was like umm okidokey and walked away. It was pretty funny after I thought about it…and Im not gay but I guess what Im saying is who cares if you are gay or whatever..If you wanna scream im gay while running down the street pouring chocloate syrup all over yourself then do it! Dont worry what others think cuz they dont matter..

  25. So many books— so little time.

  26. somewhere in that rangeWhen I’m unsure of what I want, I go to the fiction section. Often this will be broken down into genres. I select the ones that I normally read, sci fi, mystery, suspense, thriller, horror– then I look for titles that make me stop, and before I purchase, I read the blurb on the back or on the cover flap. Sometimes I look at the copyright page (if the blurb sounds familiar) to see if its a reprint of a title I’ve read.

  27. [/DELDUP]The library knows what books I want, and holds them for me..One of the first things I do when I’m in a new place is explore the bookstores.I’ve loved to read about different places and times for as long as I can remember.I don’t think there is anything as wonderful as opening up a new book.Literally ANYTHING could be waiting inside.

  28. [DELDUP()]You order them, just like big bookstores do. You may have to pay more per copy, since you’d be ordering smaller numbers.

  29. whatever looks good!!!! usually i could tell if it’s a good book or not, yeah i know, wierd…

  30. Research the topic you are interested in on the internet *before* you go to the bookstore. If you don’t know when you’ll get to a bookstore, keep a short list (3 or 4) of the books you most want in your head.

  31. B&N generates revenue from many sources, mainly by the selling of books, both online and in the actual stores. Publishers also pay enormous amounts for what’s called “Placement” and that brings in much green for all major chain bookstores.I read an abundance of different authors so I do look for new titles under their names, or even old titles but one’s I haven’t read yet..

  32. Just be aware that some books might not end being able to be resold during book buy back.

  33. But sometimes on my way to the author, a book looks so intriguing that I just have to stop and check it out.

  34. Not as often I used to now that I’ve discovered online shopping…usually get them off Amazon now, its hell of a lot cheaper 😀

  35. I read the back cover and if it sounds interesting I buy it. The first page is also a good indicator of whether or not I’ll like the writing style.

  36. I recommend purchasing your books from websites like or similar (check the used and new copies by other sellers on their site as well, not just the amazon price). The college bookstore is usually the most expensive option; you can sometimes find the books for as much as half the price online. And when you are finished, you can resell the books you don’t need to keep. You can also rent some textbooks. Most college bookstores will list the isbn number of the books so you can just copy and paste it into amazon or to make sure you are getting the right book.

  37. I read the synopsis, look at the reviews printed inside, maybe try to read the first few pages (rarely).look for certain authorsFrom my observation, they sell urine-sample sized cups of coffee that cost $5 each. This is likely what keeps them in business.

  38. I usually have a list of books I want to read..

  39. They generate a lot of business online.

  40. A good source of reviews is Amazon.

  41. look at the picture on the cover…I go straight to the young adults, fiction-fantasy section. There, I just look around. If a title catches my eye, I pick the book up, read the back cover, then flip through quickly to estimate how many pages there are and the size of the writing. If it looks good, is long, and has small writing, I buy it.At least once a week. Books are needed for my studies.

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