The Ultimate Guide to BookSpine PH
Table of Contents
- What is BookSpine PH?
- Browsing BookSpine
- What is BookSurprise?
- How to be a seller in BookSpine PH?
- Pasa-Benta! Book Consignment Service
Have you ever wondered what it’s like to explore hundreds of books in a matter of minutes through your desktop or mobile screens—as if you’re in a physical bookstore browsing through each shelf to find your next great read? Well, for book readers and hoarders alike, you can now enjoy the benefits and convenience of online book shopping in the comfort of your home!
BookSpine PH is an online marketplace for booksellers and booklovers that aims to make online book hunting easier for everyone. With the threat of the pandemic hanging over our heads, we understand how hard it is to talk yourself out of going to the nearest bookstore to grab a new book to read. As a result, our team came up with the idea of bringing you a virtual bookstore experience like no other.
In this guide, we’ll walk you through everything you need to know about BookSpine PH and how you can get the most out of your journey.
What is BookSpine PH?
BookSpine PH is an online marketplace where people can easily buy and sell secondhand and brand new books, including book supplies, in the Philippines. We are partnered with local sellers and authors who offer a wide variety of books, ranging from fiction and non-fiction works, Filipiniana titles, graphic novels, comic books, and children’s literature. We also have a broad range of book supplies, varying from writing materials, stationery essentials, and scrapbooking sets.
Whether you're looking for specific titles or available books, BookSpine PH provides you a more user-friendly experience. Spend less time searching and more time reading. Get your value for money and have peace of mind when using our platform.
If you’re completely new to BookSpine PH, then you can start your journey on our homepage.
We value convenience as much as you do. That’s why we’ve made it possible for you to have plenty of navigation options to choose from. You can browse our collections by:
This option is a collection of piles of books, or what we call “stacks,” organized according to the names of our partner sellers. By viewing them in stacks, you’ll get a similar experience whenever you browse titles on shelves. This is best for those who love to make a quick scan of several books in one sitting.
This option is a collection of individual books where you can see what each book looks like. This is the easiest way for you to check out the main details of the book, such as the cover, title, and author. This is recommended for those who have a specific book in mind and want to be sure they get the right one.
This option is a standard search results page for looking up different genres of books. You can filter out your preference based on price, availability, vendor, product type, tags, collections, and discounts. This is great for those who want to discover something new and understand the kind of book they enjoy reading.
In case you have a book on your wish list currently unavailable or out of stock on our website, you can request a book from us at any time. Simply fill out our form with your contact information and a maximum of three book titles together with the author’s name. This way, we can immediately notify you once your desired book is available. Keep in mind that once you’ve filled out our form the first time, you shouldn’t immediately fill it out again because this will overwrite your old request. If you want to add more books to your wish list, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll let you know when it’s good to use again.
At BookSpine PH, you can opt for an exciting BookSurprise as well! If you’re wondering what that is, then we suggest you keep reading. We’ll tell you more about it in the next part.
What is BookSurprise?
BookSurprise is a service geared towards providing our readers with mystery, excitement, and reader-to-reader connection delivered straight to their doorstep.
Simply put, it’s a mystery box filled with books specially curated just for you. The exciting part is it gives you a bucket list kind of experience wherein you surprise yourself—or your loved ones—with spectacular reads all in one box. What’s even better is we have all sorts of packages available in our collection!
The six themed mystery boxes you can select from are:
Get your superhero fix by checking out this surprise package. Skip the overwhelming decision of choosing from thousands of editions and issues already on the market by opting for a BookSurprise: For the Geeks. If you’re someone who has a passion for collecting comic books, then this is the one for you.
Self-realization is best done alone, but that doesn't mean you cannot aid a loved one taking this journey or seek help when taking it yourself. Our BookSurprise: For the Self and Soul is your go-to package if you’re looking for books that would serve as guides towards awareness, enlightenment, and peace. In these trying times, this is a great way to relax our minds.
A person's most impressionable years are their teenage years. Give the teen you know the gift of literature, an appropriate learning tool to help guide them during their formative years. BookSurprise: For the Teens is just the right kind of inspirational package for the youth.
It's never too early to start a book lover's journey. Enrich a child’s learning with a BookSurprise: For the Kid. This package is the perfect gift to introduce the young mind to the world of adventure, spark their imagination, and stimulate their curiosity.
Give yourself a genuine surprise with a BookSurprise: All For Me - Nonfiction package. It’s our most personal surprise curation package yet. Discover a variety of non-fiction novels in one mystery box.
Transport yourself to another world by grabbing a BookSurprise: All For Me - Fiction. Enjoy literary fictional books from different authors. This mystery box will let your imagination run wild.
If you want to learn more about our packages, you’re always welcome to drop by and visit our collection.
We’ve also summarized the process on how it works as listed below:
- Choose a package, add to cart, and proceed to checkout.
- Upon payment confirmation, you will receive a link to answer a form to help us curate your surprise.
- Our team goes through the shelves of our Surprise Suppliers, our best and top-rated sellers, and selects the books that best fit your preferences based on your answers on the curation form. You can also get a BookSurprise as a gift for someone you know!
- Wait to receive your surprise that has been carefully packaged and shipped by the chosen Surprise Supplier.
Feeling excited yet? We sure hope you are! After all, our team truly believes everyone deserves a BookSurprise.
Here are some of the things to take note of when you purchase from us:
1. You’re supporting local booksellers.
With over 200 partner sellers as of July 2021, BookSpine PH is a community with great love for books that reaches out to small and medium bookselling businesses from all over the Philippines.
2. You’re keeping the physical book industry alive.
As an online bookstore, we’re set out on a mission to make book buying and selling more accessible for all Filipinos, creating an avenue for secondhand and brand new books to reach their new homes.
3. You’re dealing with legitimate sellers.
To ensure a secure transaction, we guarantee that payments will only be released to the sellers once the buyers have received their orders, enabling a safe marketplace for both buyers and sellers alike.
The wonderful thing about BookSpine PH is you don’t need to register for an account to make a purchase. As much as possible, we want your customer journey to be smooth-flowing and hassle-free. Just find an item you like, add it to your cart, and then you can proceed to check out. With three simple steps, you’re already good to go. All you have to do is patiently wait for your book to arrive right at your doorstep.
But if you want to stay updated with our new arrivals and other relevant updates, we encourage you to create your BookSpine PH account.
Interested in joining our growing community as a partner seller? Tune in to find out more. We’ll let you in on the secret to becoming one!
How to be a seller in BookSpine PH?
Our goal is to make your life easier as a bookseller. Whether you want to sell books as a business or declutter books on your shelves—we're here to help you out! All you have to do is to sign up, take photos of your books, and leave the rest to us.
To become a partner seller, you need to:
- Fill out your Seller Profile;
- Read our Seller Manual and Photo Guidelines;
- Fill out the Product Collection Form; and
- Send the photos of your books or book supplies to us.
In BookSpine PH, we don’t discriminate. We sell any books you have: new or preloved, comics or textbooks, literary or graphic. We’ll be asking you to fill out a book condition scoring to describe the shape of your books. So for any damages or modifications you've made with them, simply let us know. Some buyers are alright with it, so you have nothing to worry about as long as proper expectations are set!
To add to that, you’re free to sell your books wherever you like. Just keep us posted when your books are sold out so we can update our inventory as well. If you want a more centralized process, you can redirect your customers to purchase at BookSpine PH.
As a partner seller, you get to:
- Expand your reach, find more prospects for your books, and increase your sales;
- Handle the shipping and payment for orders; and
- Focus on your inventory while we take care of the selling process to the right customers.
But what if you don’t have the time to sell your books?
Well, we’ve got just the solution for you!
Introducing Pasa-Benta!—BookSpine PH's latest service for booksellers and declutterers. Curious to know more? Just keep reading!
Pasa-Benta! Book Consignment Service
Pasa-Benta! (PB!) is a consignment service provided by BookSpine PH for declutterers who don't have the time and energy to sell their books. Our team connects you with other booksellers who can help turn your old reads into cash by availing of this service. Quite convenient, isn’t it?
Let’s dive deeper into the definition of terms.
A Pasa-Benta! Owner is the owner of the books for consignment, while a Pasa-Benta! Partner is the onboarded partner seller at BookSpine PH who agrees to receive the books and handle the orders and inventory on behalf of the owner.
There are three available services to choose from according to the owner’s needs and preferences:
1. Pasa-Benta! Alpha
The owner’s task is to ship out physical books to the partner and may opt to list the minimum price of the books. The partner’s task is to take photos of the books (individual and stack photos), fill out the Book Collection Form (complete details), and handle the orders.
2. Pasa-Benta! Beta
The owner’s task is to ship out physical books to the partner and fill out the Book Collection Form (title and price of the books only). The partner’s task is to take photos of the books (individual and stack photos), fill out the Book Collection Form (condition of the book and other details), and handle the orders.
3. Pasa-Benta! Charlie
The owner’s task is to ship out physical books to the partner, take photos of the books (individual and stack photos), and fill out the Book Collection Form (complete details). The partner’s task is to handle the orders.
For other questions regarding BookSpine PH’s Pasa-Benta! consignment service, you can reach us at email@example.com.
In BookSpine PH, we have a lot to offer. For potential buyers, we bring you a virtual bookstore experience closer to home. We’ll be your one-stop marketplace for preloved and brand new books and supplies. For future sellers, we give you an avenue for growth. We’ll be the bridge that connects you to the thousands of bookworms out there.
So what are you waiting for? Sell your books with us now! We’ll be glad to have you on board.
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- Caitlin Ang