You may be a great fan of books. You may also have a great collection of your own books at your home. These factors may incent you to open your personal online bookstore.
I think that selling books on you own online store is the most ridiculous and terrible idea I have ever heard. Books are the worst niche to sell on your individual online book web store. You may sell your physical book on eBay, Amazon, Booktango or other services, which are very popular and have a huge traffic. Launching your own website is a great idea, but book niche is the worst niche that you can use on your own web store. Let me explain the details.
Firstly, there aren’t any reasons for a person to visit your website and buy your books. Why should someone buy a book from your Internet store? Do you offer them something special? Why should someone forget about Amazon or eBay and buy books from your online bookshelf? Do you give them any guarantees? If you sell clothes or some electronic items, you may sell something that does not exist on eBay, Amazon, and other popular Internet markets. If you do so, people may prefer shopping on your website. It is a great project to open a fashion store which has rare or exclusive clothes. People will still visit such store and make purchases. The situation with books is another business. In the beginning, Amazon was the largest bookstore and nowadays its authority in this field is really overwhelming. There are no reasons for someone to buy books from you book shop.
Secondly, physical books are dying. Nowadays people prefer buying and reading digital books, which save their money and time. eBook readers are very convenient devices, which let book lovers economy their money. Don’t even hope to make any sales. Your project will definitely fail. If you have invested money, you will definitely lose them.
There are loads of profitable niches to choose. You may successfully generate a regular income selling clothes, gadgets, smartphones, women & men accessories, paintings and other types of products. Try to give your buyers something special that does not exist in other online stores. Your advantages may be low prices, high-quality products or a perfect customer support. Struggle to differ from other online trade markets and you will succeed. Forget about selling books on your own web store.