Today I will be presenting how to sell a book and the best ways to do it! If you’re are like me, you love to read. You read for different reasons, and you probably read when it is needed or seek to escape into an adventure far far away.

But I’m sure you have also run into aHow To Sell A Book - Books on bookshelf problem that many readers face, and that is running out of space.

The purpose of this post is to help those who have, what some might call, “too many books” (as if there could ever be such a thing, pfff).

It is my hope that by creating more space in your library, you’re will then have more room to expand your ability to learn with new books.

Today I will be talking about how to sell a book, online or offline. There are many ways to do this, and I personally prefer some over others. However, I think any of these options are good.

Let’s get right into this.

How To Sell A Book, Selling Used Or New?

I will be focusing on selling used books in this article and will be giving options to how you can sell some of your old books. Not to publish or create new books.

I must warn you’re however, since the cost of making books is so low, the resale value of used books tends to be low as well. If you’re are looking to make at least a hundred dollars from your old books, more than likely you will have to part with several hundred to do so.

I think that simply donating books is a quicker way to open one’s library, but I too know the feeling of spending hard-earned cash on something and wanting a portion of its value back once you’re are ready to part with it.

With that, lets see how we can make some dough shall we?

1. Amazon.com

Amazon.com is easily the best known online retailer for books in the world and have become one of the most accessible means to acquire a great number of items.

I personally use them due to their 2-day shipping; the sweet taste of express shipping never gets old.

There are a few options at your disposal which you can use to sell you’re books:

  1. You can list the books individually, creating listings on Amazon and wait for a suitable buyer.
  2. You can use Amazon’s Trade-In Program and sell your books to Amazon. (They will give you’re Amazon credit which you can use to buy things on their site)

Usually you will inform Amazon of its condition and then they will pay you when they have received the book. (All of this is done online)

I haven’t done this before, but I have heard that the process of describing the book’s condition and filling in the details is very easy and usually takes about 10 minutes to complete if you’ve never done it before.

Amazon’s customer service is incredibly helpful and I have called or emailed them several times with questions or issues that I couldn’t resolve on my own. I highly recommend checking out the trade in program.

2. Ebay

This is an option that I don’t see many people talking about as often. Not sure why.How To Sell A Book - Typing on two laptops

Ebay is a worldwide seller and auction site.

As far as I know, every listing is created by individuals and businesses that want to sell something.

The condition and pricing of items vary and your experience with a seller or buyer can vary.

Thankfully Ebay customer support is extremely supportive and helpful.

I have personally had them help me when I was having trouble with a listing and they straightened the situation out for me in no time.

There is literally no end to how many books you can sell on Ebay. You will probably be able to make more by selling them here. Again, please note that retail prices for books are pretty low today, however. So don’t expect to make a “killing” if you know what I mean.

I have bought books on Ebay and have had great experiences selling there as well. Being able to compare listing prices on the same item that you want to sell is also an appreciated feature.

You might find that a book you own is worth a good deal, especially if it is a collector’s item!

3. Bookscouter

This is a well-known source for selling used books. They will evaluate the worth of your books and basically make you an offer.

The only downside is, they will low-ball you like it’s no tomorrow. These guys know that they are going to try to sell your books after they buy them from you. Thus they may not pay very much per book.

If you’re are willing to take what they offer, then this site might be for you, however, I still think Ebay or Amazon to be a better choice.

I can see this being a viable option is you’re are selling books in bulk. It makes a lot more sense if you’re are giving away a large amount and don’t want the hassle of selling them individually.

4. BookstoresHow To Sell A Book - Book storefront

I’m not sure if I really even need to list this one. Bookstores and business that sell used books are sure to buy books from the public to keep up their stock.

There are numerous bookstores that will buy your books online or in person, and it all depends on your location. Barnes And Noble will buy your books and give you credit which you can use for same day purchases.

I have never actually done this before, but I have heard you can get good offers for your books.

The best way to find one of these bookstores is to look them up in your local area and call them. If you have to make a lengthy drive just to get a quote, you might waste your time.

They may pay you with in-store credit or cash, with the former being more likely. If you’re are interested in replenishing your library with books that will help you achieve financial success and freedom, check out my top picks, here.

I hope this post has been helpful for you! Feel free to leave a comment or email me with any questions and I will get back to you asap!

Best regards,

Jacob Highley


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  1. Don’t forget about your local listing sites like Craigslist! I feel like these are becoming a little less relevant in today’s world, but still worth a use, depending on the book. I feel like ebay is your best bet, as amazon feels a little too clogged up sometimes.

    • Great point! Craigslist classified could be an option too. I think
      Ebay also has classifieds if I’m not mistaken, though I’ve always found Ebay’s basic site to be better.

  2. I think Bookscouter can come in handy for me since I have a lot of used books. I also think that they may not pay a lot. But do you think that is it the best option for used books?

    • Really just depends on whether you want to sell them yourself or sell them all to a company at once. Selling them all at once will make you less money, but you will definitely save time.

      I would compare Booksouter with Amazon’s trade in program before making a choice, just to see how much they are willing to pay. Others have said that bookstores will often pay you more as well. Hope that helps!

  3. I think books are great way to learn and pass on after you’ve done so.
    I found it harder to move old books on Ebay but did find a local bookstore that would pay a reasonable amount.

    • I couldn’t agree more, Vince! I love being able to pass on knowledge that has helped me in some way.

      Yep, bookstores can be a great way to get rid of old books, Ebay tends to be better for individual items or small bulk.

  4. When I was going to the college (about a decade ago), some of my classmates mentioned to sell their textbooks to eBay after the semester was over, and I thought it was a brilliant idea. Textbooks can get really expensive for students with little income, and some of the textbooks we never open up again! And the thick books piled up my small room. Back then I think eBay was the biggest platform for buying and selling used textbooks.

    For any used books if you don’t mind some hassle of opening up accounts and shipping to the customers, I think selling books eBay or Amazon is the most profitable way. The shipping rate of the books is lower than the regular package, and since it is not expired, you can wait till someone pays you the price you are asking for.

    But if you don’t want that hassle and just open the bookshelf, then the used bookstores seem to be the easiest way. I didn’t even know B & N accepts the used book! It was great info; I may bring some of my used books to them as I can’t find the used bookstore near my house.

    • Always great to read comments like yours, Kyoko. I lean a lot more towards Amazon Kindle books these days just because I have been running out of space and was thinking about how to get rid of some old books and make some cash.

      Finding out that B&N will buy your books surprised me too, though I agree with your conclusion that Ebay or Amazon is probably better if you have patience and time.

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