How to start a niche bookstore

Do you love books and you’re looking for a way to sell books online without the problems of inventory?

With this idea, you create a niche online bookstore and list bestselling books for people to buy. The links take people through to an affiliated bookstore where the customer completes the purchase.

The customer gets the book they wanted and you pick up around 5% in affiliate fees on all the products they buy in that particular online shopping trip.

How this idea works?

  • Choose your niche and grab a memorable website name. When considering the big move across to digital books, I’d recommend looking at potential categories where people still prefer a hard copy i.e. cookbooks, notebooks, possibly travel guides.
  • Start your website. For this one, I’d go for WordPress (hosted) with a one-click install.
  • Grab a theme that allows you to list a book and link out to an affiliated store. The Chipmunk theme is easy to use but you could also try the Upvote theme.
  • Fill up your store
  • Start your marketing (don’t forget to cross-post on Pinterest)


You could look to start an affiliate site for almost anything. Sign up to some of the bigger affiliate platforms to find what they’re offering.


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