My Latest Adventure into Entrepreneurship Includes Old Books

Are you interested in rare books or already have a large collection?  Do you like spending your time hunting for treasures at the local thrift store?  Perhaps you might like to sell your used textbooks online or start your own online bookstore. can provide you with both choices.  You could sell your unwanted books to the site or you pay a monthly hosting fee to start your own online bookstore on their site.  I chose AbeBooks to sell my book collection because of the literary value of dealing my rare and signed editions online through a reputable rare bookseller.

Since I returned to school for a doctorate degree, I started looking at various websites to purchase used textbooks.  AbeBooks offers loads of used textbooks at reduced prices.  While I was on their site, I started to wander and found literature I liked.  Then when I saw the prices of first editions, I was astounded.  It got me thinking about the books I already owned and their current value.   For example, I realized that the first edition of the book shown below is currently worth about $70, and it isn’t even signed.  I think the value comes from the well-loved author, Sid Fleischman, and also due to the fact that he has already passed away.  Fleischman was a Newberry-medal winning author.  Great illustrations add to the value, too! I was fortunate to hear him give a presentation once at the Children’s Book Writers & Illustrator’s conference.

Chancy and the Grand Rascal by Sid Fleischman

Since some publishing houses are closing or reducing their reprint of publications, old books are increasing in value because new editions may never be created for mass publication again.  Anyhow, I thought I’d share my latest venture in entrepreneurship because I’ve already sold 50 books and made a profit.  Needless to say, my hobby of collecting books has become more interesting and I’m more active now.  Here’s a link to my online shop, Teacherrogers Bookstore: .  Visit my WordPress page to learn more about the reasons I became a bookseller.

Author: teacherrogers

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