Bulk Buying of Books From Friends of the Library

Unlike other online business opportunities, starting an online book selling business can be done with only a couple hundred dollars. If you have bulk used books as part of your own personal collection, you can start selling them online. You will not only make a profit out of it; you can also declutter your very own shelf space. If you want to widen your inventory and meet other people who like books in the process, you may want to invest on buying and reselling used books.

Before you start to sell used books online, you must know where to find salable books at low cost. An excellent way to begin is buying books from Friends of the Library, an organization which raises money for public libraries by selling used books. These books are often well priced and in very good quality.

Libraries make new shelf space by liquidating older copies of books or duplicating copies to sell them to the public. Friends of the Library is a nonprofit charitable group which aims to support libraries in their communities. These are volunteers working collectively and independently to preserve, promote and strengthen library services in cooperation with library management and policies.

Volunteers contribute their time and effort in the lifelong education of the public by the promotion, support, assistance and improvement of libraries through various activities conducted by friends and user groups. One of the organization’s fundraising project is an annual book sale. Here you can find a wide array of collections of used books which you can use to grow your list of titles. This in turn can give you free access to the biggest marketplace for selling books–book lovers and library-goers themselves.

You can buy high-quality books at a low cost from the Friends of the Library. You do not want to end up with a pile of used books that nobody wants to purchase. By buying books from the Friends of the Library, you can rest assured that there is a market for the books you are about to sell. Be it literature, textbooks, reference books and other non-fiction rarities, the fact that they are lifted from the very shelves of public libraries guarantees that you are selling some classic stuff. Who knows, some of them might even turn out as first edition collectibles you can sell for a much higher price.

In some counties, Friends of the Library book sales have grown into a year-round operation. You just have to inquire at your local library about the organization and their book sale activities. Keep in mind that not only will you find well-priced books here; you are also helping the organization to fund several community projects.

So the next time you pass by a library selling bulk used books, it is noteworthy to check them out and when you go shopping for books, buy with selling in mind. There are people who become relatively successful in online book selling and even put up their own online bookstore. In this kind of business, the important thing is to always update your inventory and listing.

Google Brings Millions of Hard-to-Find Library Books to Your Fingertips

Millions of hard-to-find books from five major libraries will soon be a lot easier to access: Google has made plans to scan and digitize them, making the books available on their widely used Internet search engine.

Google’s latest endeavor is a large step beyond previous attempts to scan books so they can be read online (Google, Amazon.com and other smaller sites have offered glimpses of books and libraries online before). What makes this initiative so different is the sheer breadth of material that Google plans to cover.

Five libraries will be involved in the project in various stages:

* New York public library: Allowing Google a small portion of books no longer covered by copyright.

* Harvard University library: Is contributing a limited 40,000 volumes to gauge how well the process works.

* Stanford University library: Will submit its entire collection to Google’s scanners.

* Michigan University library: Will also submit its entire collection.

* Oxford University library: Contributing all its books published before 1901

To get an idea of just how large a project Google is taking on, consider that Michigan’s library alone contains 7 million volumes, which is about 132 miles of books, while Harvard’s library contains 15 million. The Michigan job is expected to take six years.

Although some in the field worry that this trend could signal the end of libraries, others are excited at the prospect of putting valuable information that was once limited in its use at the fingertips of all Internet users. The project will also create a digital record for material that was created before computers, thereby preserving it in a way that could not have been done in the past.

Google users will only be able to view bibliographies and other brief excerpts from the copyrighted books scanned from the libraries, while works no longer covered by copyrights will be completely available to the online public.

USA Today December 14, 2004

New York Times December 14, 2004

Dr. Mercola’s Comment:

Google’s founders, Sergey Brin and Larry Page, have long vowed to make all of the world’s information accessible to anyone with a Web browser. Now that vow will come closer to being implemented as Google has made an agreement with some of the nation’s leading research libraries and Oxford University to begin converting their holdings into digital files that would be freely searchable over the Web.

Harvard, the University of Michigan, Stanford and the New York Public Library are some of the U.S. institutions that will be involved. The whole project will convert about 15 million books at a cost of $150 million, or about $10 per book.

Plus, the Library of Congress and a group of international libraries from the United States, Canada, Egypt, China and the Netherlands announced a plan to create a publicly available digital archive of 1 million books on the Internet. The group said it planned to have 70,000 volumes online by next April.

Doesn’t that just want to make you get out of your chair and shout! I don’t know about you, but I am excited.

As long as I am excited about Google I want to let you know that Google has been my home page for over seven years. Why would anyone want to have anything different?

Well, last week I changed my home page. Don’t get worried, it is still Google but it is their new Google Suggest. It suggests queries as you type what you are looking for into the search box. By offering more refined searches up front, Google Suggest can make your searching more convenient and efficient, because it eliminates the need to type the entire text of a query.

In addition, the service can connect you with new query suggestions that are useful, intriguing and fun. Go ahead, try it, you might even make it your new home page. My guess is that in a few years this might be the main Google search engine.

While I am on the topic of Google, I have to tell you about the new version of Firefox 1.0. If you haven’t switched to Firefox you simply must read my article on why you should do so immediately. Firefox isn’t just for alpha geeks anymore. As of last week over 10 MILLION people have downloaded Firefox and installed it as their browser.

Many of you are already one of those 10 million, but the majority of you probably don’t know that Firefox comes preinstalled with search engines other than Google in its toolbar.

I just found out the newest version has a neat feature where you can click the small triangle next to the bottom of the default “G” on the left of the Google search box and you will be able to use other search engines. There are three in there that I use all the time: eBay, Amazon and Dictionary.com. But I recently was able to go to a Firefox add-in page and with one click insert my favorite gadget blog Engadget so now it is one of the options.

The 5 Most Common Questions Answered About Your Best Audio Books

Although audio books online are becoming more and more popular, it is still just a budding industry. A lot of people who are downloading their first audio books have a lot of questions about the process. Read on to find the answer to some of these questions.

Question: How can audio downloads be free?

Answer: The fact that publishers make a very small amount of money on each book is lost on most people. On a book that sells for $16, $10 may well go to transport and printing costs. The bookseller needs to make money of course. Then the author, illustrator, editors and staff need to get paid. When the publisher does eventually gets paid, only a small amount of the money is left.

With a spoken title, they actually make a lot more money by selling the tape/CD version, by selling advertising or by selling membership programs that give people access to thousands of audio publications all at once.

Question: How can I listen to my favorite audio in my Car?

Answer: You can either buy a CD or a tape, or you can download the MP3 version and plug your player straight into your car’s MP3 socket, or burn the CD yourself. The former may be easier if you don’t have a lot of technical expertise, but in most cases people who are capable of downloading content from the internet will not have a problem with burning to CD or straight to their player.

Question: What are the best sites for free audiobooks online?

Answer: It really depends on what you?re looking for. The best way is to look for a recommendation from someone you trust and who can point you in the right direction.

Question: I want to find X book online. Where can I find it?

Answer: If you have access to a good audio book library, try doing a search there. If that does not work,try searching Google for your favorite audio title + audio book. For example, “Cooking Audio Book” or “Harry Potter Audio Book”.

Question: What is a “Public Domain” audio book?

Answer: A public domain audio book is an one that has no copyright attached to it. This means you can distribute these books any way you see fit. Mostly, these titles are available as a free audio book download.

These are some of the common questions that come up when it comes to downloading cheap audio books online. In reality, finding free audio books online is easier than you may think. When you have done your first few downloads, it will then become second nature. Happy listening and enjoy!