Maximizing Revenue from Selling withdrawn Books and Unwanted Gifts

An ALCTS Webcast.

This webcast discusses the advantages and disadvantages of four methods of selling withdrawn books and unwanted gifts—book sales, sales to dealers, consignments to Internet vendors, and selling directly on the Internet. The session provides tips for maximizing revenue and minimizing staff costs. Many libraries can increase revenue, some significantly, by understanding the various options.

This webcast is a companion session to Buying Library Materials on the Out-of-Print Book Market.

Who Should Attend

Anyone with an interest in the topic is welcome to participate.

Course Level & Prerequisites



Robert Holley, Professor at the School of Library and Information Science at Wayne State University, has been involved in the out-of-print book market for the last five years since he co-authored the first statistical study on pricing and availability of out-of-print materials on the Internet. He has run or helped with book sales for four different library organizations.  He is also a small Internet book vendor and can share his insights on selling materials.


Available 24/7, originally presented Wednesday, October 27, 2010





Technical Requirements

Computer with Internet access (high-speed connection is best) and media player software. Headphones recommended.

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No registration required. Access the session now.


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