For those of avid readers among us, selling books online is a great way to raise cash immediately.
If you have been like me, chances are your bookshelves are filled with books that you purchased (sometimes through impulse) all this while.
The reality is that other than a handful of books that you truly love, you are not going to lay your hands again on most of these books. I would suggest that sell them to bring in that little extra cash.
But Where Would You Sell Your Books?…
When it comes to selling books, eBay and Amazon often are the obvious choices. But the reason I am not a big fan of selling books on Amazon and eBay (when it comes to quickly getting cash in your hand) is that you have to list your books and wait and hope for buyers to notice it.
But, there are far better options. There are many sites where they buy the books from you directly. You just tell them the name of your book, they give you a price and if you agree, they buy it. There is no listing items, waiting for buyers to show up and none of that stuff.
So, most of the sites on this list are the kind that you can sell your books directly to them. That said, I also included others like Amazon for those who don’t mind waiting for the cash.
With that said, here are 15 best places to sell your books online for cash:
1. Book Scouter
I love this website. You simply enter the IBSN of the book, then BookScouter searches over 40 different buyer sites to find the ones that will pay the highest amount for your book. They are especially well known for textbooks type of transactions.
Cash4Books operate differently from the above two. Instead of creating a marketplace to make your used books available to potential buyers, they will buy them direct from you. However, they don’t just buy any book.
Still, the kind of books they are willing to take on a still a lot. In order to find out if your books are in the desired list, you need to supply the IBSN number to the website.
They will revert with an offer price, and if everything is agreeable, you will then ship the books to Cash4Books.
Upon satisfactory inspection, they will send the payment to you either through PayPal or check, dependent on your preference.
3. Sell Back Your Book
Sell Back Your Book will take care of the shipping fees as they buy your books. They are also known for bulk purchase from libraries.
4. Powell’s Books
This site operates almost exactly like Cash4Books. Through the ISBN number, you find out if the book in your possession is something that they want, then you send the book, and you get your payment.
Powell’s Books have a stringent criteria on the book’s condition. These books have to be near new for them to be accepted.
If you keep your books in pretty minted condition, you can expect to get a couple of dollars more by selling them to this website.
Another site that makes it extremely easy to sell your textbooks or any other kind of books for that matter. The cool thing is that you are not waiting for buyer to bid or your books, the site will buy it directly from you.
Simply enter the ISBN number and see how much they pay for it. If you like the price, they will send you a prepaid shipping label which you can use to send the book in.
Once they receive the book, they pay you fast with a direct deposit to your bank account.
eCampus works slightly differently from the rest of the list here in that the books they want can have writing in the margins, highlighting and other marking.
Sellers deliver the books free of shipping and buyers are offered guaranteed buyback prices on books and textbooks.
Bookbyte has been around since 1999, mainly focusing on helping college students buy used textbooks cheaply. That said, they buy any kind of book
8. Text Book Stop
Again, very similar to other sites where you simply enter the ISBN number, or the author or book name, get a price, print a shipping label, send the book in, and get paid. It just can’t get any easier than this.
Although Amazon is the biggest and most well-known site for selling all kinds of books, I personally think you get much less for your books than other sites like Cash4Books.
Naturally, the condition of the used books would have to be factored into the price. Just put yourself in the buyer’s shoes, you would not want to pay good money on a torn book with missing pages.
As a rule of thumb, I would not go there to list my books unless they are decently maintained, in light of the keen competition over at Amazon, from the very minted books to the real scrappy ones.
10. Half.com (eBay)
eBay is not restricted to just books selling as anyone can put up any items for auction anytime.
So in a sense, we are grateful that we can put up our used books on this online auction site as eBay certainly enjoys tremendous popularity. It has been around for quite a while and it has built up a solid reputation in term of reliability.
So you can expect smooth process throughout, from the time of listing your old books to finally getting the payment after the sales.
11. Blue Rectangle
Blue Rectangle is like these book buying websites mentioned earlier, but with even more flexibility.
You still need to check if they want your book in the first place, but over here, you have the choice to enter either the ISBN number or UPC code.
The rest of the process is similar and you will get your payment only after satisfactory inspection. Consistent with Cash4Books and Powell’s Books, you get to know straight away if the site is willing to take in your books, rather than waiting for buyers after you put them up at eBay and Amazon.
12. CKY Books
Another website that buys books direct from you is CKY Books. Their range is more diverse and they range from fictional to non-fictional, religious books to textbooks, self-help books to travel books, and many more.
It will also absorbs the shipping cost and you either get paid by PayPal or check.
13. Paperback Swap
This website is designed for book owners to exchange their books. You list your books that you are ready to swap and wait for interested buyer. You will get a credit after you send that particular book out to that buyer.
The credit entitles you to raise request for other books put up by Paperback Swap users.
14. Textbook Buyer
The website has a reputation associated to buying used textbooks for the past 10 years. The company has featured in the Wall Street Journal, among some established publications in the country.
It is much heralded for its fair pricing policy, free shipping and prompt payment. In addition to used textbooks, it is also willing to accept new textbooks at special prices.
You can buy, sell and rent all kinds of books here. It works the same way as Book Scouter and other similar sites.
If there is any other site where you sell your books, please leave a comment below and I will add it to the list.