Where To Sell Old Books and Used Textbooks Online

Updated: July 18, 2017

Do you have a lot of used books and textbooks at home?

If you’re not planning to read them again or nobody you know might be interested to use them, then perhaps you could just sell them and make some extra income.

Not only is this a good way to declutter your space, but it will also give other people a chance to save money.

So if you’re ready to let go of some of your favorite novels, self-help books and old college textbooks, then here are some tips on how you can make money out of them.

Before you sell your books online:

  1. Take an inventory of all your books and school textbooks. Separate the ones which you will be sellling, and make sure those are really yours and not borrowed.
  2. Sort out the ones which you think have good market value. We’ll call this “prime books” and often times, they are those which:
    • are still in very good condition, almost new
    • have become rare and is considered a collectible
    • are hard to find or often out of stock in bookstores but have a strong demand
  3. Do some research online and in bookstores and determine the best selling price for your items, specially your prime books.
  4. Make a list or worksheet and put in there the: title, author/s, publication date, publishing house, ISBN and your determined selling price.

Where to sell your prime books:

Prime books are best sold in online classified ads and auction sites. I suggest you follow my tips on a couple of previous articles I wrote to help you sell these books online:

Where to sell old books and used textbooks online:

I did a bit of research and here are some websites where you can sell them.

Please note that Amazon is just a market place and you’re not actually selling your book to them, unlike the other websites indicated. However, it seems that Amazon offers the best deal for your books as I tried to sell my Harry Potter 6 book and got the highest quote from them.

Furthermore, most of these websites will pay you through Paypal, so better have an account before you start. It’s free to sign up anyway.

Of course there are other options you can do like swapping your books or selling them in local bookstores and thrift shops. You can also be more generous and just donate them to libraries, schools, and other charities.

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23 comments

  1. Thanks for the resources for books. It does help you declutter your space when getting rid of books.

    I have used abundatrade.com which gave the real good values for your books and has a great online calculator. I have also used cash4books.

  2. i do my selling sa recto… yung mga textbooks na hindi mabebenta online. a hundred per piece on the average.

  3. You can also try http://www.bigwords.com They are a textbook search engine that searches all the online textbooks retailers (including those listed above in your post) for you so you always find the best prices. The coolest part is you can use http://www.bigwords.com to sell your books too! It’s actually pretty cool.

  4. nice. there are some books that i can probably sell, but there are just some that cannot be sold because somewhere in me is saying i can’t let them go. hehehe. but thank you, for the options that you gave us. i have a couple of boxes full of books from late college years to early MBA life. i’ll probably sell some of them.

  5. Great list. It can be hard to part with your books, but if we are talking textbooks its best to sell them as soon as your are done with them! As I am sure most people know the longer you wait the less they are worth. Best practice for textbooks is day after finals!

  6. I recommend Chegg to sell texts for the highest prices. I also rent texts from them every semester. I wanted to share a code that your readers can use for an extra $5 back when selling Chegg your texts. The code also gives a discount when placing a text order. Put in the code and hit the “apply” button.

    The code does not have an expiration date so it can be used with every order. Here it is: CC123047

    Feel free to share the code with friends.

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