If you are an avid reader and you find one day that you are running out of space because of all the books you have hoarded, now is the time to consider decluttering and selling your used books for cash.
Aside from your favorite titles that you occasionally read again from time to time, you have to admit that there are some books that you will never revisit again. These could be novels that you did not love, textbooks that you no longer need, or children’s books and comics that your kids have outgrown.
These books just end up gathering dust on your shelves and occupying space that you could use for other things. If your books are still in good condition and you like some extra cash, you can sell your used books!
There are lots of online platforms that can buy your used books! All you have to do is enter the International Standard Book Number (ISBN), get a quote, and if you want the offer, ship your books, and get paid. The process is so simple!
So let’s get on with these platforms!
This website buys books directly from you. However, your books have to meet a certain criteria.
To find out whether you can sell your books to them, enter the ISBN of the book in the provided search box of their site.
If they want to buy your book, they will give you an offer. Now if you accept their offer, they will send you a prepaid shipping label that you will use to ship the book to them.
You will receive the payment once the book is received and approved. Payments are done by check or PayPal.
Take note though that they mostly look for college textbooks and books whose publication dates are within the past three years.
To see what kind of books they accept, click here.
2. Sell Back Your Book
This website is an avenue for people to sell, buy, and rent books. Enter the ISBN and you get a price quote.
The best thing about this site is that if you have a lot of books to sell, instead of entering the ISBN one by one and hitting enter, there is a bulk ISBN option that allows you to enter as many ISBN as you want and get all their price quotes at once!
Sell Back Your Book also has an app that lets you simply scan the ISBN instead of having to enter it manually.
To check their standards and what type of books they buy, click here.
3. Blue Rocket Books
Blue Rocket Books is a website where you can buy and sell books. Again, all you have to do is enter your book’s ISBN and you will be given a price for it.
If you like the offer, ship the books to them. Once the books are received, Blue Rocket Books will send you your payment.
To learn more about what kind of books they are looking for, click here.
4. CKY Books
CKY Books is another website that turns your books into cash. Aside from books, you can also sell your movies, DVDs, and CDs to them!
In this list, this is one of the websites that accepts a diverse range of books.
Enter the ISBN and get a quote for the book. If you like the price, ship the book to them and they pay you via check or PayPal when they receive your book. Your shipping costs will be covered.
For more information on their conditions on buying a book, check out their FAQ page.
5. Book Scouter
Just like with the other platforms, all you have to do is enter the ISBN of the book you want to sell. Click the Search button, and Book Scouter will give you a list of different buyer sites that will pay the highest for that book.
Book Scouter is known for handling textbooks and it even offers a textbook scholarship that could be used for students to buy textbooks from their site.
If you do not have any textbook and academic publication, don’t worry because these are not the only books they buy. You can use the site to try and sell your other books too!
Check this page for further questions and to see whether they will buy your books.
BookFinder.com works almost the same way as Book Scouter where entering an ISBN will give you a list of different buyer sites. From there, you can compare prices and choose which one gives a better deal.
Do not let the simple layout and design fool you! BookFinder.com has been around since 1997 and the site has been featured in Forbes, the New York Times, and Newsweek.
For now, they can only get buyback deals for residents of the USA, UK, and Canada. If you live out of these countries, you will have to inform them which are your local buyback providers.
For more information, click here.
7. Half Price Books
This company started out as a used book shop in Texas – buying and selling books. Through the years, it has grown to be successful with over 120 stores across the country.
You can check their website and sell your books, comics, and magazines to them. They also buy movies, music, games, and electronics!
Check here to read their Buying Policy.
8. Comic Book Classifieds
If you have a lot of comics to sell, you should head to Comic Book Classifieds. It is considered to be the Craigslist for comic books!
The website is a free classifieds site that caters to comic book fans who want to sell, buy, or trade their comic books and other related items.
To find out how you can post on the site, click here.
If you have a lot of textbooks to sell, Bookbyte is highly recommended!
This buyback business has helped students buy or rent textbooks at affordable prices since 1999. All you have to do is enter the title of the book or the ISBN in the Sell search bar. Then you will see how much Bookbyte is willing to pay for it.
If you think it’s a good deal, click on “Continue Sale” to complete the process. A shipping label will be given for you to print out. Shipping costs will be covered by Bookbyte.
Check their buyback policy here.
10. Textbook Buyer
This is another great platform to sell your textbooks and other academic publications. The website may look so simple at a glance. But know that it has been around and has developed a solid reputation for buying textbooks for the past decade.
In fact, it has been featured in the Wall Street Journal and Good Housekeeping Magazine!
Textbook Buyer is known for its free shipping, fair pricing, and fast payment.
Learn more about their process here.
Bookstores.com focuses on textbooks and other academic books.
When Bookstores.com buys $15 worth of books from you, they will cover the shipping fee. They’ll pay you through store credit, check, or PayPal.
Get a quote here and sell your books to them.
If you’re a college student, this site allows you to sell your textbooks to other college students. However, they will deduct a 15% commission for each sale.
When you sell your book, eCampus.com will be the one accepting and processing the payment from the buyer on your behalf. You will be sent the price of your book plus the shipping credit to help cover the shipping cost.
Click here to learn more about selling books in eCampus.com.
Decluttr is a website where people buy and sell secondhand items. Common items that are traded on the site are gadgets, games, CDs, DVDs, and books.
So, if you are decluttering more than books, this website may be your new best friend!
For books, as usual, enter the ISBN and check out the prices they offer. If you like the offer, you will ship the items to them (shipping is covered).
For more information on how the whole process works, click here.
AbeBooks is a global marketplace that sells books, art works, and other collectibles. You have to register on the site as a seller and have to describe, pack, and ship your own items.
One advantage is that you get to set your own shipping rates and speed.
Aside from books, they also accept photography, comics, maps, and other paper collectibles.
To register and to see more information about the whole process, click here.
15. Barnes & Noble
Most of us do not know that this popular book store chain actually buys back books! However, you need to have at least $10 worth of books in order to sell to them.
Click here to see whether Barnes & Noble will buy your books.
16. Powell’s Books
Powell’s Books are buying used books online, and also from their physical stores in the Oregon area. If you are near Portland, you can drop by the nearest Powell’s Books store and show them what you have to sell.
Now if they are interested, they will give you an offer and you can choose whether they pay you in cash or store credit.
For those not near the area, you can sell your books online. If you like their offer, you can ship your books to Powell’s Books for free and payment can be sent through PayPal.
Click here for more information.
If you want to find local buyers, Craigslist is still one of the best sites to sell your things in your area. On Craigslist, you will be able to set your own prices for the books you plan to sell.
Now since you are selling in your area, all you have to do is meet up with the buyer or ship the books to them.
Click here to learn more on how to sell books for cash on Craigslist.
Amazon is the biggest online market out there today. It is a trusted platform with millions of potential buyers from all over the world.
You will also have a high chance of selling your used books here. Make sure though, that your books are in mint condition or else expect for a lot of bad reviews.
Another way to dispose of your old books is through Amazon Trade-In. You will not be able to get cash though, but you will be paid through Amazon gift cards.
If you are the type who shops on Amazon a lot, then that would just be as good as getting cash!
eBay is another major online market that you can sell your books to. Although the first 50 listings every month are free, eBay takes a small fee every time your items are sold.
Click here to sell your books on eBay.
20. Facebook Groups
Facebook is also a great way to find buyers for your books.
Just hit the search button on Facebook, or search on Google, and look for a group that buys and sells books.
Here’s an example of this kind of group – UCONN Buy and Sell Books. You’ll find lots of textbooks being listed here.
Whether you ship the books or meet the buyer in person – this will now depend on your agreement with your buyer.
Local bookstores, thrift shops & yard sales
Aside from these online options, you can also visit your local bookstores and thrift shops to check if they are interested in buying your books.
If you have lots of items, not just books, as a result of decluttering your home, you can hold a yard sale!
More space equals extra cash.
As you can see, there are so many online platforms where you can sell your pre-loved books! Go ahead and check their websites and FAQ pages to see if your books are qualified.
So from now on, don’t hesitate to declutter your books, especially when you’re already running out of space. Get rid of those you’re not reading anymore. Sell those books for extra cash.
Use the space to give room for things that you use daily.
If you’re not interested in the extra cash, then you can also donate your books. Here is a list of places that are willing to accept used books from you as donations.