The “gun to my head” test: A guide to spotting the biggest profits in every book category.
In this article:
- The most profitable books I look for in nearly 20 book categories (PDF download)
- Comedic relief: My video course camerawoman refuses to go inside a shady surplus store (Video)
- Countdown to noon tomorrow.
Between my articles and two webinars, the past week has been very focused on getting you lenses that let you see value before you pick up your scanner.
There are two skills I would say are tied for first place on the list of things that you stand to make the most money on, yet that the fewest people master (and almost no one talks about):
- Knowing what to look for.
This past week has been dedicated to the first one.
So, to get you on the fast-track without a lot of “studying,” I put together a crash course on this subject. Basically this guide covers what I would be looking for if someone put me in front of a table of books, put a gun to my head, and told me I had 60 seconds to make $10.
None of these are “titles.” Titles come and go. These are categories within categories.
Here’s the deal: Not everyone can pick up my book sourcing video course. So this report is for them (and people who want something they can print out and read in the bathtub).
So here it is, for all current or aspiring booksellers: A (very quick) rundown of the #1 thing I look for in each book category.
Epilogue: Comedic relief
This should have been an outtake from the Book Sourcing: 1k In A Day course, but I decided to leave it in.
The backstory of this clip:
While filming “1k In A Day,” we pulled into the parking lot of the second source of the trip: A crazy overstock store with thousands of books. This was one of those weird, sketchy places full of things that fell off the back of a truck somewhere.
Anna, my videographer, refused to go in. She kept calling the place creepy, and dangerous, and asked if we could please not go inside. Eventually I turned the camera on her for an explanation, resulting in the DVD set’s least instructive but most comedic moment.
Oh, and the next scene happens inside, where we find another