Everything you need to sell books
Learn more about selling books
To sell books online, begin by identifying the types of books you want to sell. Your store could sell a variety of books, or you could sell books centred around a specific topic like used books, textbooks, and even antique books. You can then use a Shopify theme to easily start a store and upload pictures and descriptions of your books in minutes.
Shopify is an excellent place to sell books online, as you’ll have complete control over your brand, marketing, and customer experience. Shopify can even help integrate with social media platforms like Facebook Marketplace to help drive additional sales.
Yes, many book store owners trust Shopify to power their online stores. With Shopify, merchants can benefit from over 6,000 Shopify apps to help modernize book shopping experiences. That includes offering your customers personalized book recommendations, running a store-linked email newsletter, and more.
With over 750 million physical books sold in the US in 2020, the market for books is growing, not shrinking. While selling brand new books at a markup may not be the best strategy, selling used books, textbooks, and rare books can be an extremely profitable enterprise.
The best way to price your books is to look at what your competition is charging for the same books or similar books. You can then decide on whether your pricing strategy will seek to undercut your competition, or sell at a higher price. You’ll also need to factor in shipping costs, particularly when dealing with heavier books.
Students often seek out university textbooks online, which can push prices up. Rare books, or books with historical value, can sell at very high prices. Books relating to specific niches or industries where knowledge is constantly shared and sought after can also be profitable, like engineering, medical, and architectural books.
Launched in 2013, The Lifted Brow is an example of a Shopify-powered company selling its own magazines. They use cart abandonment apps from the Shopify app store to increase sales and have even used the Shopify POS app to sell magazine issues at in-person events.
Scalable pricing plans
For book businesses at every stage and size
Best for new businesses or online businesses new to in-person selling
Best for growing businesses with 1 retail store
Best for growing businesses with 2+ retail stores