15 Best Places to Sell Books Online for Cash (Used, Textbooks…)

used booksFor 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.

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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 you 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.

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2. Cash4Books

Cash4Books operate differently from the above mentioned site. 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.

5. SellBackBooks

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.

6. eCampus

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.

7. Bookbyte

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.

9. Amazon.com

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.

15. KnetBooks.com

You can buy, sell and rent all kinds of books here.

It works the same way as Book Scouter and other similar sites.

Final Words

If there is any other site where you sell your books, please leave a comment below and I will add it to the list.

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  1. Alison says

    Thanks for this list of book buyback options. I use Chegg and Valore Books as well and think they are pretty good. Valore often has a highest offer guarantee which is nice. I think bigwords.com is my favorite site though since it compares so many websites for you to get the highest offer price. I had not heard of several listed here however so it is definitely helpful info! Thanks so much!

    • Satrap says

      You are very welcome Alison. I am really glad you find it helpful.
      Yes, Book Scouter is one of my favorite since it does the same thing as BigWords- comparing and letting you know which site pays the most for your books. Thanks Alison.

  2. Todd says

    In the past year I have sold almost 3,000 books of every variety.

    I have dealt with most of the vendors mentioned here and I have had mixed results.

    I primarily use Bookscouter.com to conduct my searches. They scour 50 or so vendors to generate the highest buy back offer.

    They recently upgraded their website and it’s a breeze to use. They also have a smartphone app that makes it very handy to use at library book sales or yard sales.

    First off, most of the used book sites sort of cater to certain types of books; some are more general, while others lean towards educational, technical, or historical subjects.

    I have sold to Valore with mixed results. True, they generally offer higher prices for the books they are interested in and the prices are pretty consistent where some other vendor’s prices fluctuate almost daily.

    My problem with Valore is, they have claimed on numerous occasions that they didn’t receive the books I had sent and they have not be responsive to address the issue.

    Powell’s: They buy mostly mainstream books, not the technical or educational types. As mentioned above, they do have a very strict acceptance policy. The only writing they will accept is a name written in the front of the book – not even “to my favorite daughter, hope you enjoy this book as much as I did, love mom.” Absolutely no highlighting or underlining.

    Their turn around time is pretty quick.

    Another vendor that is not listed above is Textbook.com, not to be confused with Textbook Buyer listed above.

    Textbook,com offers good prices and contrary to their name, they do purchase more than just textbooks. Their turn around time is pretty quick as well. One of the benefits of selling to them is they have a pretty liberal acceptance policy.

    Just a word of advise though. Regardless of the vendor, when you get a buy back offer, don’t put off selling your books. The offer you receive today may be reduced or non existent a couple of days later.

    If the offer is no longer available, put the book aside and try again in a week or so. If, after two or three tries there are still no offers – no one is interested in the book. In that case donate it(them) to your local library.

    • Satrap says

      Great advice Todd. Thank you so much for taking time to share your experience. I am sure many will benefit from it.

  3. Carina says

    Waste of time, i tried the first 6 websites and got offered $1.69 for one book out of 10 different books.

    • Satrap says

      Sure for you and some of us it may be a waste of time, but for many people, an extra few dollars for a book that was going to gather dust and never be used again, is better than nothing.

      Plus, you have to remember that every book has its own price. Obviously not every book you have is going to be worth $20.

  4. Sonya says

    I am new to this and came across AbeBooks… my concern is not losing money on shipping. How does BookScouter work for that? Do they offer free shipping? I don’t have the cash to pay shipping upfront…
    AbeBooks offers a printable FedEx label….

    • Satrap says

      Hi Sonya,

      BookScouter basically searches over 40 sites (like AbeBooks) to find the ones that pay the most for the book you are trying to sell. So, you don’t sell it to BookScouter necessarily.

      That said, most book buy-back sites (like Cash4Books) will actually send you a prepaid shipping envelope you can use to send the book in, so you don’t have to pay a dime for shipping.

      I hope that answered your question.

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