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The online bookshop was doing quite well, I even had Govt departments linking to it (back in the days when this was possible).

The main issue was that given the specialised nature of the product, and that there were fairly large minimum orders and I was keeping minimum stock (the secret of online etailing is minimum stock) as titles went out of date so quickly I found that I was accumulating books.

If you have timeless titles and the ability to carry a largish stock, then things could well be much different for you.

Publishers may be more flexible is their needs for orders as well these days. I remember back then getting an account was very hard. Again, things might be different now.

Working, even PT in a store will allow you to absorb some of this knowledge if you can get a kindly store manager. :D