List Your First Book

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This page guides you through listing your first book, but of course, you can use it to help you list your second and third books too!

First of all, in the ‘Book Listings’ drop-down menu, click on the ‘My Dashboard’ link. Once you’re on this page, click ‘Add Auction’ and you’ll see this form – which we’ll take you through step-by-step.

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  • BIDDING ENGINE – This is relevant to auctions and is permanently set to ‘Proxy Bidding’ which is the same as ‘automatic bidding’. This means that when people bid on your item they can set a maximum bid, and if someone’s outbids them the system automatically increases their initial bid by an agreed increment up to, but not beyond, that maximum bid.
  • PRODUCT TITLE – This is where you enter the book’s short title – it becomes the title for the listing page itself. For example: “Big Hearted”.
  • PRODUCT DESCRIPTION – Here is where you put a description of the book you are listing. It will be found on a tab at the bottom of your listing page. You might want to include:
    • the year and place the book was published and/or reprinted (this can usually be found on one of the first few pages of the book) . For example: “First published in Great Britain, May 2012. Reprinted July 2012, February 2015.” 
    • some blurb about the book, or a recommendation (noting where you’ve taken it from). For example: “I love this book, it’s the real deal! Brilliant, funny, messy, risky and inspiring! The stories are incredibly moving, honest and empowering. By the end you will really believe that you can do this stuff. Revd. Lynn Green, General Secretary, Baptist Union Great Britain. From a recommendation on the front cover.”
    • some information about the book’s condition. For example: “This book has been read a few times – and shows it. A couple of pages have their corners turned over, and there are a few pencil notes in the margin.
    • whether this is a personal or commercial sale, or if the proceeds of the sale are going to a church or a charity. For example: “The proceeds of this book will be given to Anytown Baptist Church.
    • perhaps a reminder for yourself about where you’ve stored it. For example: “Found in Box 4.
  • PRODUCT SHORT DESCRIPTION – This is shown underneath the product title at the top of the book listing page. Here you want to include the full title and author(s) of the book you are listing. For example: “Big Hearted: The Gospel of Simple Words and a Large Heart by Chris Duffett and Simon Goddard“.

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  • AUCTION CATEGORY & SUB-CATEGORY – You need to select a category from the drop-down list, and we encourage you to choose a sub-category too:
    • New Books – Brand new and unread books. The sub-categories here are: Author Books (where you are the author of the book being sold), Commercial Books (where you are a bookshop selling books commercially on the website), or Unread Books (everything else – probably when you’ve bought a book, or received it as a gift, and haven’t read it).
    • Used Books – Books that have been read, either by you or by somebody else. The sub-categories here are: Acceptable (a book that probably has significant markings or creases on the pages and/or cover), Good (a book that looks read, and maybe has one or two markings), Very Good (it’s been read, but you wouldn’t really know it).
    • Old Books – Books that were printed before the year 2000. The sub-categories here are hopefully self-explanatory: Published 1950-1999, Published 1900-1949, Published pre-1900.
    • Multiple Books – Books being sold in batches (of two or more). It is important when selling books in this category that the Product Description accurately outlines what is being offered. The sub-categories here are: A Mix of Titles (a random variety of books being sold together), All or Part of a Series (books that are part of the same series, for example: “Songs of Fellowship 1, 2 and 3 – Music Editions“), Of the Same Title (multiple copies of the same book).
    • Other Items – We permit the sale of related items on the site, such as Worship CDs, Teaching DVDs and so on. Here the sub-categories are: CDsDVDs and Other Items (anything else).
  • SEARCH TAGS – Here you can list as many tags that would help people find your items when using the search function; separate the tags with a comma. For example: “Evangelism, Ministry, Mission Shaped Church.”
  • PRODUCT IMAGE/VIDEO – Here you have the opportunity to upload an image of the cover of the book(s) that you are listing. We recommend that you don’t copy and paste from other book selling sites as those images are copyrighted. Instead, you could take a photo with your smartphone or tablet and use that. There is an app called Office Lens which does a great job of automatically cropping photos which you might find useful (find it on Google Play or in the iTunes App Store). If you’re only selling one book, you only need one photo – simply click ‘Upload File’ and choose the appropriate location on your computer. You don’t need a photo but it might make your listing stand out if you do. If your image is at a high-resolution we use software to automatically reduce its size to reduce the time it takes images to load.
  • THUMBNAIL IMAGE – If you have more than one image (for example, you’re selling a batch of books) use this to choose which image will appear as the main image on the listing.

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  • CHOOSE SELLING TYPE – Here you choose what type of listing you will create – either an ‘Auction’, a ‘Buy it Now’ or both!
  • AUCTION – Tick the ‘Auction’ box if you want to invite bids for your book. We recommend the use of the ‘Auction’ function for collectable, out of print or rare books that might attract an unusually high price.
    • Opening Price – Insert the price that the bidding needs to start at. For example: “GBP 2.50“.
    • Set Reserve Price – Tick ‘Enable’ if you want to set a reserve price, below which you won’t sell the book. Then enter this price in the box that appears. For example: “GBP 5.00“.
    • Set Incremental Price – Tick ‘Enable’ if you want to set the incremental price, which is the amount that the bids will increase by during the auction. For example, if you set this to “GBP 0.50” the automatic bidding function will increase the bids by 50p each time, say from £2.50, to £3.00, then £3.50 and so on.
    • Start Date – When you click in this box you a calendar appears and you can set the date and time that you want the listing to appear on the site. If you click ‘Now’ on the calendar it will appear immediately (actually within a minute or two) of you submitting the listing.
    • Ending Date – Another calendar appears when you click this box, and you can choose when the listing will end. There is the option further down the form to automatically renew the listing if the bidding hasn’t reached the reserve price, so when you are selling an item by auction we recommend you choose an ending date between 2 and 4 weeks after the start date. This is long enough for bidding to occur, but short enough that people don’t forget that they’ve made a bid!

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  • BUY IT NOW – This is the most straightforward type of listing and for most books this will be the most appropriate listing method.
    • Start Date – Again you need to click the box and use the calendar which appears to choose the date and time that you want the listing to appear on the site. If you click ‘Now’ on the calendar it will appear immediately (actually within a minute or two) of you submitting the listing.
    • Ending Date – Unlike selling a book by auction, you can list a ‘Buy It Now’ book for as long as you like. List it for a year, and it will be available to buy for twelve months, unless it is sold in the meantime. The only benefit of using a shorter time period is that it might appear on the ‘Ending Soon’ tab more frequently. There is the option further down the form to automatically renew the listing if the book isn’t sold before the ‘Ending Date’.
    • Buy Now Price – In this box simply enter the asking price for the book. For example: “GBP 2.50“.
  • AUCTION & BUY IT NOW – If you tick both the ‘Auction’ and ‘Buy It Now’ options members are able to bid on the item like a normal auction, but at any time the auction ends if someone is willing to pay the ‘Buy It Now’ price. This might possibly be a bit confusing for people who are bidding, but if you do choose to do this, your ‘Buy It Now’ price should be higher than the amount you have set as a reserve, and towards the top end of what you are hoping to sell the book for (otherwise individuals will simply choose to ‘Buy It Now’ rather than bidding in the auction).

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  • AUTO RENEW – By ticking ‘Enable’ your book is automatically listed again if it isn’t sold before the original ending date (or, in the case of an auction, doesn’t reach the reserve price by this date). When you enable ‘Auto Renew’ you need to enter the number of Days (first box), Hours (second box) and Minutes (third box) that the renewed listing will be live for. For example: “28 Days, 0 hrs, 0 mins“.
  • BEST OFFERS – If you ‘Enable’ this feature a tab will appear on your listing which enables buyers to offer a price which they hope you might be willing to sell for. This would clearly be less than the ‘Buy It Now’ price if you were using this option, and in the ‘Auction’ option someone might use this option to offer you a price that they hope would bring the bidding to an end. If you enable ‘Best Offers’ you will receive an email with the offer, and you then return to your dashboard on the site where you can choose to accept or reject the offer. If the offers are rejected there can be more ‘Best Offers’ until the listing ends or the item is bought.

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  • SHIPPING COST – The ‘Buy It Now’ price, or the winning bid in the ‘Auction’, is for the item itself. If you do not ‘Enable’ the ‘Shipping Cost’ option, then the purchaser will assume that this price includes postage. If you are willing to bear the cost of postage and packing (to wherever the purchaser may be located) from the sale price of the item, then that is fine. It makes sense, however, to ‘Enable’ the ‘Shipping Cost’, and this causes a tab with this information to appear on your book listing.
    • Item Location – Here you need to choose where you will be posting the item from.
    • Free Shipping – If you choose this option then you are indicating that you, the seller, will bear the cost of postage and packing.
    • Where to Ship – You can, however, choose to limit the list of countries where you are willing to post the book to. Tick the names of the countries in the drop-down list that you would be willing to ship the item to. You might, for example, indicate that you are only willing to cover the postage with the United Kingdom, so only tick this country in the list here.
    • Delivery Text – In this space you indicate how you will be sending it. For example, “By standard Second Class Mail“, or “By recorded First Class Mail“.

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  • SHIPPING COST – If you ‘Enable’ the ‘Shipping Cost’ option, you can also choose:
    • Paid Shipping – Here you can indicate whether you are willing to post the book within your own country, and/or overseas.
    • Domestic – Tick this box, and enter the additional amount required to cover postage and packing domestically, and then in the second box indicate how you will be sending it. For example: “GBP 1.50” and “Second Class Mail“.
    • International – If you tick this box, then choose from the drop-down list which countries you are willing to post the book to (you can easily tick all of them if you want to). Then enter the amount required for shipping the item abroad, and how you will be sending it. For example: “GBP 5.00” and “Standard Surface Mail“.
  • SHIPPING COST – You can get an idea of postage rates from the UK (Royal Mail domestic and international postage) by clicking here. Most normal sized paperback books in a standard envelope would be classified as a ‘large letter’, under 250g – domestic postage (as at Sept 2016) £1.20 2nd class, £1.27 1st class. Check the price for heavier hardback books and books thicker than 2.5cm (1″), as they might move into the ‘small parcel’ classification, with a minimum postage of £2.85 (2nd class). Do check on the exact costs of posting your book overseas before making International shipping available as you may end up losing money on your sale!

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  • PRODUCT ATTACHMENT – We don’t expect many will take up this option, but if you wanted to attach a document to your listing you can upload that file here. For example: a pdf of your own review or summary of the book you are listing.
  • PAYMENT METHOD – Here you indicate which way you prefer to receive payment for your book sale. Choose the method that you filled in the details for when you were completing the ‘Payment Settings’.
  • ADD AUCTION – Once all of the information for the book listing has been entered, you can upload it to the website when you click the ‘Add Auction’ button.

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