Do you have old books lying around? Or textbooks you know you will never use? Well, it may be time to clean out your bookshelf and make money while you are at it.
Selling textbooks and books is easier than you think. Here are some options that we found to be easy and pay well for old books.
Best Sites to Sell Your Textbooks
Instead of walking down to your school bookstore, you might want to check these other places to sell textbooks as well as books to get more money.
BookScouter might be the best website to sell textbooks for the most money because it compares the prices of 38 vendors at once.
All you have to do is enter the ISBN number, you pick the highest buyback price, and then you ship it for free. Once they receive your book(s), you get paid.
Decluttr lets you sell textbooks, books, video games, CDs, DVDs, and your old smartphones. They will offer you a selling price for all your items and you can ship them for free.
You will get paid the day after your products arrive at one of Decluttr’s warehouses.
This is a good way to not only make some extra money from those textbooks you will never use again, but, you can also de-clutter your dorm room and even continue to use Decluttr in your working years by selling your old smartphones, tablets, and video game consoles.
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BooksRun gives you the option to sell your textbook directly to them, or they may give you other available offers. When you type in the book’s ISBN number, the book will either be added directly to your sell cart, or you’ll see your other offers.
After you’ve chosen your buyer and checked out, you have five days to ship your book(s) with the shipping label you receive via email. After BooksRun receives your books, it takes 2-5 days for them to assess the order.
You’ll get the payment within four business days after the books are assessed. You can choose a PayPal deposit or mailed a check for your payment.
The eCampus can be a fun site to buy & sell your textbooks because of their rewards program that can save you money on future purchases.
They allow you to list multiple ISBNs and pay with a check, direct deposit, or store credit. You will get a selling price if you select store credit plus 1 eWard point per textbook sold.
There are other ways to accrue rewards points, but, 175 points earns a $5 eCampus gift card.
If you live in the Portland, Oregon area, you can take your books to any of Powell’s bookstores to be purchased. Or, they will buy back your textbooks with free UPS Ground shipping from anywhere in the country.
Powell’s is another good option if you have rare, vintage, or out-of-print books to sell. You can get paid with a store credit or via PayPal.
In addition to textbooks, you can also sell electronics, games, and movies at TextbookRush! They have more than 1 million textbooks listed for sale in many different subjects, so, chances are you can sell back your textbooks to TextbookRush.
You can also sell your books with their mobile app. Shipping is free and you can get paid with cash, PayPal, or store credit.
BookFinder.com has been in the textbook buyback business since 1997 and has received many positive accolades from major publications such as Forbes, The New York Times, and Lifehacker.
They are very similar to BookScouter by comparing the prices of several vendors but with a more antiquated looking website.
Shipping is free and they even buy textbooks back from Canada and the UK! To get started, just enter your ISBN numbers.
Along with selling textbooks, you can also sell your graphing calculator at FirstClassBooks.com. You can list your books and they offer free shipping using the U.S. Postal Service or FedEx.
They will pay you by check or PayPal.
Chegg accepts most textbooks as they sell and rent them to future students. This option might be a little more limited as you need to drop your books off at a UPS Store.
Shipping is free and they pay electronically within 10-15 days from the day you mail them away.
CampusBooks is another site that has been around about as long as the internet and is a pioneer in the textbook comparison niche.
You can sell nearly any book here, but, they won’t accept books missing supplemental material.
CampusBooks compares the prices from “dozens of buyback sites” to find you the best deal.
One tip they recommend is to sell August or January to get a higher price due to stronger demand.
Shipping is free and you can get paid with a check, PayPal, or store credit. They also have a mobile app to make selling textbooks easy.
ValoreBooks is another textbook comparison website that claims to compare the prices from hundreds of buyers. Sold books are shipped for free and you can be paid with check or PayPal.
If you are selling back multiple books to ValoreBooks, they only accept boxes that way 70 pounds or less. You will need to contact them for additional labels if you exceed that weight.
Sell Back Your Book
Sell Back Your Book buys your textbook directly from you. They are accredited with the Better Business Bureau and have paid millions of dollars in textbook buybacks. And, they have a mobile app that allows you to list your books quickly.
While they accept most books, their guidelines state they will not accept teacher or instructor editions, encyclopedia sets, or books without an ISBN.
Shipping is free with USPS Media Mail or FedEx Ground. You can be paid by check or PayPal.
Barnes & Noble
You might not think of Barnes & Noble as being in the textbook business, but, they will buy your used textbooks.
There is a $10 minimum to sell your textbooks with Barnes & Noble.
Orders are shipped via Postal Service. After receiving the book, they will pay you with a check or PayPal.
They only allow you to enter one ISBN in at a time. If you have multiple books to sell back, it can take a few extra minutes to list them individually using Barnes & Noble.
Textbook Recycling is one of the few sites that accept the Instructor’s Editions of textbooks. They will only consider buying books, students or instructors if the ISBN is listed in their database.
If the ISBN isn’t listed, they are not buying that book at the moment.
Shipping is free within the continental United States. There is $1.75/lb. surcharge if you are mailing your books from Alaska or Hawaii.
Payments are made by check or PayPal. They are located in Moscow, Idaho and have been in business since 1997. Textbook Recycling proudly claims to have some of the quickest payment windows in the industry.
Founded in 1999, BookByte is another textbook legend. They accept textbooks in good condition (minimal wear & tear) and acceptable condition (cover damages & torn pages if the book is still legible).
You might try this option for your more worn books as other textbook companies only buy books in good condition.
BookByte is based in Salem, Oregon and pays with cash, check, or PayPal.
Sell your textbooks, movies, and CDs at CKY Books. Shipping is free currently through FedEx, but there is a $20 minimum that must be met.
You can get paid by PayPal or check.
You might choose this buyback service if you live on the East Coast, as CKY Books is located in central Kentucky.
Amazon is a leading seller of new & used books. They also sell & rent textbooks and are willing to pay you up to 80% of the purchase price.
If you don’t like Amazon’s trade-in price, you can always sell your books as a third-party listing. You can get paid with Amazon gift cards in addition to cash.
It’s possible to get a higher selling price by selling the book yourself than that offered on by a textbook buyback site.
Just keep in mind that Amazon will keep a small commission of approximately 15% and you are responsible for paying shipping costs. You do get a small shipping credit, but, it still might not be enough to offset the cost postage & packaging materials.
CollegeBooksDirect.com accepts books in good condition. You list your book starting with the ISBN and can get paid by check or PayPal. They currently accept over 440,000 titles and are one of the smaller textbook vendors.
TextbookX is similar to Amazon. You list the book as a TextbookX seller and get paid when somebody buys it. The sales commission is 15% of the selling price plus $1.50. You do receive a small shipping credit to offset shipping costs.
Payment options include PayPal or store credit. You will receive a 5% bonus if you choose a store credit.
Advertise on Campus
Your campus might have a bulletin board in the academic department, library, or student center where you can advertise your books. This can be a good option since professors often require the same textbooks the next time that class is taught.
By strategically pricing your books for less than the bookstore and online vendors, you can get top dollar for your books. And, it saves you the hassle of having to mail them off and waiting to get paid.
Student 2 Student
Student 2 Student allows you to sell your textbooks online or locally. When you enter a book’s ISBN, they will compare the buyback prices from several online vendors and you can sell it on your local campus as well.
When you sell locally, the service is completely free and the buyer pays you in cash at the time of purchase. This is basically the college textbook version of Craigslist.
You might give AbeBooks a try if you have a rare or vintage book with no ISBN or are trying to sell an international edition. They will buy your textbooks directly from you and offer free shipping via FedEx.
This final suggestion has been in business since 1975. FacultyBooks is geared more for instructor’s books, they do accept student textbooks & study guides as well, as faculty members have books to sell as well.
If you worked as a TA to help pay your tuition, perhaps you had to buy these special editions to complete your employment requirements.
A few other sites on this list also accept instructor editions, but, you might get a better offer with FacultyBooks.
There are a few different options to sell your textbooks for the most money. You can try to list them yourself on-campus (without the bookstore) or as a third-party online seller, sell directly to a buyback company, or compare online prices from a buyback comparison website.
In most instances, you will make more money by bypassing your campus bookstore the next time you sell a textbook.
Have you sold textbooks before? If so, please let me know your experience in the comments below!