Books have been a part of our lives since we were little kids and it’ll be there with us long after our hairs have turned gray. However, even the most avid readers have to admit that they aren’t going to read all the books in their shelves twice.
That said, I’m sure you have books you don’t read as well.
From bedtime stories and fairytales your kids grew out of, to novels and comic books you’ve already finished, to college textbooks you were never interested in – all these can be sold online.
Not only will you be clearing up space for… oh, I don’t know. New books, maybe? You’ll also be putting cash in your pocket!
Today, I’ll be showing you some of the best places to sell books for cash online. They’re convenient, easy to use, and will help you get extra cash fast.
Where to sell books for cash online:
When you visit their website, you’ll see that what they’re advertising for is textbooks but, really, BookScouter is one of, if not the best place to sell all sorts of books.
What the site does is scour the internet for websites that buy books and finds out how much they’re willing to pay. This saves you a lot of time compared to individually visiting buyback sites on your own. Plus, you get to compare prices so you’re always going to get the best deal.
All you have to do is enter your book’s ISBN number and they’ll do the rest for you. Or, you could also download their app and use your camera to scan the barcode that typically comes with the ISBN number to make it even easier.
That being said, since BookScouter only helps you find websites that want to buy your book, you will have to abide by the website’s (not BookScouter’s) policies. Check those out before you make a decision, particularly about what condition your book needs to be in and how they’ll handle shipping.
Cash4Books mostly buys college textbooks with publication dates within the past 3 years. However, sometimes, they also purchase other types of books.
So, if what you’re trying to sell isn’t a book you had in college, try selling it here anyway. After all, you won’t be losing anything even if you don’t get a price.
Like BookScouter, simply enter your book’s ISBN number, and you’ll get a quote for it instantly. If you like the deal, they’ll cover the cost of shipping so you can send it to them for free. You can collect your money via check or PayPal, whichever you think is more convenient.
Whereas BookScouter and Cash4Books are mostly about textbooks, AbeBooks is the go-to website for selling rare books (e.g. collector’s items, signed copies, antique books, etc.) and comics.
What I don’t like about AbeBooks, however, is that there’s a monthly fee to be a seller.
On the other hand, I think AbeBooks is a great place to sign up for if you want to sell books for a living but not if you’re just doing this just to earn a few extra bucks.
Powell’s is another staple of the industry and they will buy your books both online and in-store.
Selling online works pretty much like other sites: enter the ISBN number, get a quote, and if you like the offer, ship it to them for free and get paid.
For both online and in-store, you can get paid with store credit or PayPal. Your choice.
One thing you need to know about Powell’s, however, is that they’re very particular about your book’s condition.
You can read all about their standards here but basically, your book must look, feel, and even smell like it’s fairly new. This means no tears, highlights, odors, and pretty much anything on it that makes it give off an aura that it’s been used a fair amount.
The retail giant isn’t specifically made to buy and sell books alone but because of its large following, I think it’s one of the best places to sell… well, anything, really.
Particularly for selling books though, you have two options:
- Using Amazon’s trade-in program
- Setting up a seller account
Amazon’s trade-in program mostly includes electronics but they also accept books. If what you’re trying to sell is in their list, they’ll pay you for it using Amazon credit.
In my opinion, if you’re trying to get rid of your books to raise funds and buy something else, Amazon’s trade-in program is as good a choice as any. You see, Amazon wants you to buy from their website so they’ll likely pay you more for your books, even if it’s in the form of store credit, to entice you into making a purchase.
On the other hand, setting up a seller account is going to get you paid in actual cash but the trade-off is that it’ll probably take longer to make a sale. Oh, you’ll be paying fees for listing your books as well.
Case in point, both have their pros and cons so weigh your options carefully.
Other places to sell books for cash
If none of the websites I listed appeal to you, there are other places you can go to. These won’t be online though but these are options nonetheless.
HPB has a website, sure, but selling your books to them means that you take them with you to their stores.
As of writing, they have over 120 stores nationwide and more opening soon. So, if there’s a store near you, you could try taking your books there and get paid in cash.
Your local bookstore
No HPB stores near you? That’s fine. Maybe a bookstore is and maybe they’re open to buying your books.
Not that it’s going to make you more money but I honestly think this way is a much more noble approach to selling your old books. Think of it as helping out your community while getting paid.
Before I let you go, there’s one more thing you need to know:
Selling a book or two won’t fetch you a huge loot of money.
Having said that, I suggest you sell your books in bulk rather than one at a time. This way, it’ll feel like you’re getting more money.
If this helped you sell your old books, maybe you know people who want to sell books for cash too.
Share this article with them and lend a hand!