If you’re like me, your bookshelves are filled with books.
Books are knowledge. And “Knowledge is Power.” – as Lord Petyr Baelish (Little Finger) of GOT once said.
But besides the few favorites that you love and perhaps go back to from time to time, the rest of these books are just gathering dust.
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They’ll probably never have their pages turned again.
Why not sell ’em for cash?
You could even use that cash to buy new books to read!
But where should you sell your books?
What are the best places to sell used books?
Can you get more money if you sell your old books in person in a store near you?
As far as getting the most money for used books go, I personally think you are better off doing it online through book buy back sites. They have less overhead so they usually have much more room when it comes paying more for the same books.
Now, when it comes to selling books on the internet, eBay and Amazon are often the obvious choices.
But the reason I’m 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.
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 are no listing items, waiting for buyers to show up, and none of that stuff.
Most of the sites on this list are the kind book buyback sites that you can sell your books directly to. But I’ve also included others like Amazon for those who don’t mind waiting for the cash.
With that said, here are the 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-mentioned site.
Instead of creating a marketplace to make your used books available to potential buyers, they will buy them directly from you.
However, they don’t just buy any book. They have to meet certain conditions.
To find out if your book meets their criteria, simply enter the IBSN of the book in the provided search box and hit enter.
You are then given an offer for the book (assuming they want it.)
If you like the offer and want to sell it for their price, they’ll send you a prepaid shipping label that you can use to ship the book to them.
Once they receive the book, they’ll inspect it and if approved, they’ll send you the payment via PayPal or by check, depending on your preference.
Sell Back Your Book works similar to Cash4Books.
Enter the ISBN and get an instant quote.
They also have a set of standards for the kind of books they buy.
Here are the kind of books they don’t buy:
- Advanced Readers Copies
- Review Copies
- Items with no ISBN anywhere on the book
- Offensive and explicit material.
- Incomplete sets (volume 1 of a 2 book set etc…)
- Encyclopedia Sets
They do buy textbooks as well except the following kind:
- Instructors Editions
- Annotated Instructor Editions
- Teachers Editions
What I personally like about this one is the Bulk ISBN option.
If you have a lot of books, it can get tedious to enter one ISBNs, hit enter, get a price, then go through the whole thing over and over again for every single book.
With the bulk ISBN option, you can enter as many ISBN as you like and get an instant quote for each one at once.
They also have apps that make it extremely easy to sell your books.
Instead of entering ISBN(s), you simply scan it with the app. This can speed things up immensely.
This one has been around (as a store called Powell’s City of Books) since 1971.
What separates this one from most of the other sites is that they also have physical locations. So you can sell your book through a local bookstore.
Though they only have a few stores four of which are in Portland, Oregon, and one in nearby Beaverton.
Their online prices differ from in store prices. And what they buy directly in the store depends on their current inventory and needs.
But online, they buy almost any book as long as it meets their conditions.
They also give you an instant quote after you enter the ISBN.
You have two options as far as getting paid goes – PayPal or Store/Site credit.
Another site that makes it extremely easy to sell your textbooks or any other kind of books for that matter.
They operate pretty similarly to most other sites mentioned here.
They do however offer ACH Direct deposit which according to the site gets you the money fast.
You can enter 10 ISBN at a time.
If you like the offers, they’ll send you a prepaid shipping label which you can use to ship the book to them fro free.
You’ll get paid shortly after they receive the book(s).
This is a site for those of you who are trying to sell textbooks.
eCampus works slightly differently from the rest of the list here in that the books they want can have writings in the margins, highlighting, and other markings.
Again, all it takes is entering the ISBN, getting an instant quote, and taking it from there.
But if you want to sell to students directly and don’t mind the wait and the headache, you can sell through their marketplace.
Although, I would suggest going through the marketplace only if you have a lot of textbooks since they take 15% commission on each sale.
Bookbyte has been around since 1999, mainly focusing on helping college students buy, sell and rent textbooks cheaply.
All you need is either the title of the textbook or the ISBN.
Enter either of those two in the “sell” search bar to get an instant offer.
If you like the price, click “Continue Sale” and complete the process.
They’ll then email you a (prepaid) shipping label you can print out.
Once they get the book(s) you get paid via Check or PayPal, your choice.
Again, very similar to other sites where you simply enter the ISBN number, the name of the author or the book, get a price, print a shipping label, send the book in, get paid.
There is a very nice feature I like about this one and that’s their 30 days protect your quote guarantee.
As you know, book prices go up and down like crazy. But once they give you a quote it will stay the same for 30 days no matter how much lower (or higher) the price goes.
Of course, that’s a double-edged sword since prices can go either way.
But I don’t think prices change that much in a span of 30 days to make it an issue.
You can choose to get paid either via PayPal or Check.
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 on this list.
That said, Amazon is a trusted platform with hundreds of thousands of potential buyers.
So you may have a much better chance of selling your book faster than any other place.
And even though generally books may be sold for less, this is Amazon after all. People do pay much more for the same items just because it’s on Amazon.
So it wouldn’t hurt to list your book(s) there.
As a rule of thumb, I would only list books in mint conditions on Amazon.
10. Half.com (eBay)
Half.com is eBay’s other site for books.
It’s another platform that because of its massive potential buyer base, can be a great place to sell your books.
Unlike eBay that skins you a thousand ways until you’re not profitable anymore and give up, Half.com doesn’t charge start-up, listing or monthly fees.
They do, however, charge commission on each sale which can go as high as 25%.
Again, the reason I included Half.com is because of their massive reach.
Finding buyers for used books is hard. And there comes a time when you just get tired of trying to sell the damn book.
You just want to get rid of it and get whatever amount you can out of it. For those times, this is the place to sell your books.
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.
The rest of the process is similar.
They also offer check or PayPal payments.
12. CKY Books
Another website that buys books direct from you is CKY Books.
Their range is more diverse, from fictional to non-fictional, religious books to textbooks, self-help books to travel books, and much more.
They also cover the shipping costs.
Paid via PayPal or Check.
You can also sell movies, games, and DVDs here.
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 an interested buyer.
You will get a credit after you send that particular book out to that buyer.
You can use the credit you earned to get a free book put up by other sellers.
14. Textbook Buyer
The website has a reputation associated to buying used textbooks for the past 10 years.
The company has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, and the Good Housekeeping Magazine.
It is much heralded for its fair pricing policy, free shipping, and fast payment.
In addition to used textbooks, they also buy new textbooks at special prices.
Got comic books you want to sell?
Sell on Craigslist of comic books!
This awesome comic book classified has been around since 1998.
It has been featured on tons of sites.
This is one of those sites where you can sell book worth a few dollars to books worth hundreds and even thousands of dollars.
As you can see, there are tons of places to sell books.
I personally prefer using sites like BookScouter because you can quickly get the best price out of tons of book buyback sites.
But Amazon, Half.com, and other similar sites also play their role in certain scenarios.
If there is any other site where you sell your books, please leave a comment below and I will add it to the list.