Whether you’re cleaning up your attic, trimming down a book collection or looking for a new home for your old textbooks, there are a number of places online to make money out of those old books. Sure, you can sell used books in stores, your school’s bookstores or at a garage sale with your other pre-loved belongings, but selling them online is a lot easier and quicker, in my opinion.
A few obvious choices would be Amazon, eBay and Craigslist but today, let’s talk about online marketplaces that cater to books specifically.
1. Book Scouter
As the name says, BookScouter is a scouting site that helps you compare offers from over 35 book buyback vendors and quickly find who will pay the most for your textbooks. You don’t need to pay any fee to join the site – signing up is easy and free! To begin, just enter the ISBN of the book you want to sell and decide on a vendor. After that, just print a free shipping label that will be sent to your email and drop the book/s at your local shipping center.
Payment: PayPal, mailed check
Selling here is very easy too – just enter the ISBNs of all the books you want to sell (you can enter up to 10 at a time) and get a quote that is good for 7 days. If you agree with their price quote, you will be directed to a page where you can print a prepaid shipping label that you can use to ship the book/s for free.
Payment: ACH Direct Deposit
3. CKY Books
The site is more diverse – they don’t just buy textbooks but everything from reference texts to novels to audiobooks. They even buy movies and cd’s. Just enter the ISBN on the homepage and get a quote instantly. For orders over $20, you will be qualified for free shipping.
Payment: Check, PayPal
For college textbooks, Textbook Buyer has a good reputation as trusted website for buying used textbooks for the past 10 years. The site was even featured in Wall Street Journal and Good Housekeeping Magazine. Students, professors, faculty or instructors can sell used or new textbooks, study guides or manuals. Selling here is very easy too. All you have to do is enter up to 100 ISBNS and get an instant quote.
If you want an online site that has physical store as well, visit Powell’s Books. However, the prices online and in store differ and physical stores are only in Portland, Oregon and Beaverton.
Payment: PayPal, Store/Site Credit