Amazon India, Amazon.com Inc.’s local unit, on Wednesday said it has launched a used books store on its platform with over 100,000 titles across genres such as literature, romance, biography and textbooks.
The books come from sellers on Amazon. These books are graded by the sellers under categories such as “new”, “good” and “acceptable”, based on their condition. This information is visible to the customers at the time of purchase.
Amazon, currently, has over 9,400 book sellers on its platform.
“Over the years, we have witnessed a growing demand for books from customers and our constant effort has been to bring them more buying choices. With this launch, reading enthusiasts across the country can now buy used books with the same ease and convenience as buying new books,” said Noor Patel, director, category management, Amazon India.
It’s unclear how cheap the used books will be. As a launch offer, Amazon is offering free shipment to customers who purchase used books for over Rs.399 from the same seller.
Second-hand books are also sold by a number of smaller start-ups in India.
Bengaluru-based portal for used and new books AbeRuk run by Quarto India Internet Pvt. Ltd raised an undisclosed amount in angel funding from HongKong-based Swastika Company Pvt Ltd, VCCircle reported on 20 July.
Besides used and new books, Amazon also sells e-books. In December, it said its Kindle India business,which includes e-readers and e-books, tripled last year, Mint reported. (Read here)
Last month, Amazon also launched its global Prime membership programme in more than 100 cities in India, offering one-day and two-day delivery on lakhs of products for a fixed price of Rs.499 initially.