Books in your genre are becoming increasingly valuable online, with authors like Neil Gaiman and David Mitchell earning their living on their books.
However, there’s a catch: online book shopping is expensive, and the quality of what you buy can vary from one author to the next.
To help you make the best decisions on your next purchase, here are five tips to make sure your next book is going to be worth your time.
Make sure you’re buying from the right retailer.
If you’re looking to purchase a specific title, look for an online store with the same brand name, the publisher’s online store address, and a unique ISBN.
This way, if a retailer drops the brand or ISBN, you’ll be able to easily track the book.
A few Amazon sellers offer ISBNs that have been changed since the publication date of the book, so it can help to compare prices from multiple retailers.
Look for the title’s ISBN.
A good publisher’s ISBN indicates the book is the publisher-issued edition.
Many books can be purchased with ISBNs, so be sure to look for the ISBN.
Check the title in the store.
If there’s an Amazon page with the title, you can find out what it’s about, when it was published, and how much it’s going for.
It’s also a good idea to look up the author’s name on the publisher or author page, since this helps to verify that the book you’re interested in is the author of the title.
Read the book online.
Once you’ve found the book’s ISBN and know the publisher, you should read it online to get a feel for the book and the author.
A Google search of the author name can be useful, but it doesn’t always tell you everything.
For example, you might not know who wrote the book if you search for “Neil Gaiman.”
You can also search for the author by typing the ISBN number, author’s last name, and first name.
If a publisher has an ISBN number that you can’t find online, you may need to look at the book for further information.
Get the book signed.
If the author or publisher has signed the book to a publisher-approved publisher, it can tell you a lot about the book—such as where the book was originally published.
This can be an invaluable piece of information when it comes to determining whether or not the book should be published.
For instance, if you find the book on Amazon, and it’s not listed in the same store as the book in question, the author might have given the publisher a different ISBN number.
To find out if a book has a different publisher, Google “book ISBNs” or “author ISBNs.”
A search for an ISBN that is in the search results may also help you identify a different author.
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