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I Have Used Books to Sell: Get Money for Books

Updated on January 12, 2012
Get money for books by selling books online.
Get money for books by selling books online.

Sell Books for Money

Where the heck did all these books come from?! They're everywhere - in the closet, under the bed, in the car trunk - everywhere. It just never ends.

Do you ever catch yourself looking around, saying, "I have books to sell, but I just don't feel like it. I want to get money for books, but it seems like such a hassle."?

Don't give up on selling your old books just yet. Selling your books online is easy, and some places even offer free shipping. Can't beat that, right?

Oh, and you can sell any book online - not just your textbooks. Many places focus on giving you money for textbooks, but there are a few ways to get money for regular books, too.

Do you ever sell books for money?

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In case you weren't paying attention earlier, textbooks aren't the only things that you can sell for money.

Cash4Books buys all types of books - textbooks, cookbooks, chick lit, nonfiction, and everything in between. They even have an iPhone app where you can scan the barcodes rather than entering them in online. I have the iPhone app, and I love it.

If you're trying to get money for books, you probably want your money fast. Cash4Books totally understands that, and they pay via PayPal - fast. I received my last payment of $20.68 within a week of shipping the books.

Oh, and speaking of shipping, it's free. Just print the label from your computer and take it to your nearest post office. If you don't have a printer, contact Cash4Books - they'll mail you a set of labels. I did this once, and received them pretty quickly.

Just a warning: Cash4Books is best for regular books, not textbooks. You'll usually get more money for textbooks from one of the other sites listed below.

Did you know that you can sell books on Amazon?

I've made hundreds of dollars over the years, selling everything from my Gossip Girl collection to my old textbooks. It's free to list your items, but you are charged a fee once you sell. The fee is clearly outlined ahead of time, so you can decide whether or not you want to proceed with your listing.

If you sell books for money on Amazon, you get to set your own price. As bad as it sounds, I usually look for the cheapest price and then make my book .01 lower. I often sell books within an hour or two of listing them, so it seems to work.

People on Amazon want things cheap and fast, and you only have 2 days to ship the books that you sell. If you're planning on having a busy week, don't sell your books until you're ready. Otherwise, you run the risk of receiving bad feedback - and that makes it harder to sell books in the future.


I used to love Chegg.

I don't use Chegg much anymore, but that's because I'm not a full-time student at the moment. Chegg is best for students who want to get money for their textbooks. They don't buy regular books.

I'm not sure how Chegg pays, but they used to pay via check or Visa card, depending on how much your books were worth. You know how much you're going to get before you mail them in -there's a spot to enter your ISBN numbers on the site.

Shipping isn't free, but they pay more for textbooks that Cash4Books. You can also rent textbooks from Chegg instead of buying them at your campus bookstore, and I saved $400 one semester by doing that.


Craigslist is a great place to sell books for money. It's free to list your books, and no fees are taken out of your final selling price.

Oh, and did I mention that you don't have to mail your books? The people bring money to YOU. If you are worried about potential safety issues, meet in a public place or have somebody wait at your house with you.

All you do is list your item, confirm the ad, and sit back and wait. I've sold things in less than 15 minutes on Craigslist, so your books will sell fast if you price them reasonably.

What's the best place to get money for books?

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      ElleBee 5 years ago

      I have lots of non-textbooks to sell! I'll have to check out cash4books. I love that they don't make you pay shipping yourself :). I'll be checking out ASAP. Maybe in the next 5 minutes.

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      Sunnyglitter 5 years ago from Cyberspace

      Don't give up, Isabella. It depends on their current supply. I have the app for some of them on my iPhone, and I just scan the barcodes every day until somebody buys them. :)

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      Isabella Frank 5 years ago

      Well, I tried all of those websites and none of them would accept any of my books! :(

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      Angela Brummer 5 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      I bet I have some book that I could sell! Very informative!

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      Kenneth Avery 5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Dear Sunny,

      Loved this hub. Great style you have. And a wonderful way for us to earn some needed-cash. Thanks so much for sharing. Voted up and all the buttons. I urge you to keep these great hubs coming.

      Your friend,


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      imatellmuva 6 years ago from Somewhere in Baltimore

      Sunnyglitter...guuuurl...I have books all over the place, just as you described.I used to work near a discounted bookstore, and was there almost everyday. Then another discounted bookstore moved to my neighborhood...and guess what happened? I never even thought about selling some of the books that I have. Thanks for the tips! Bookmarked and voted UP!

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      mommywolf 6 years ago from USA

      Awesome! I have tons of books, and so does everyone else in the family. Maybe now we can actually get some room. I've been selling manga on Amazon but I'm going to look into maybe selling some of my son's old books there for cheap. I tend to just take them to the Sharing and Caring place though.

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      Darrel Day 6 years ago from Iowa

      fabulous Hub as always, Sunnie. I wrote them all down I have 450 books in totes to sell :) thank you for this Hub.

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      bizzymom 6 years ago from New York

      Great article. Thanks for all of the tips. I usually sell books on ebay, but I will definitely give cash4books a try.

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      SKCandles 6 years ago from Canada

      I'm going to have to check these sites out! Garage sales are hardly worth the effort to try and sell a few books.

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      Sunnyglitter 6 years ago from Cyberspace

      Weird, DRidge - I thought they were all about PayPal. I wonder what made them stop?

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      DRidge 6 years ago from Gulf Coast, MS

      I started selling book online a LONG time ago, like 2001. There was a site I used first but I can't remember its name. It went out of business. Ebay is an ok place to sell but you have to have special books to make money, not mass market paperbacks. used to be good but like ebay they just don't seem to want anybody's business anymore. They won't pay via paypal for some reason.

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      Sunnyglitter 6 years ago from Cyberspace

      Pamela, what is Hastings? Is that like a book store or something? We don't have that here.

      Miccimom, thank you! Hope you make some money selling your books. :)

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      miccimom 6 years ago from U.S.A

      I have those books laying around! Great advice! Thanks for the Hub. Voted up and Useful :)

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      Pamela N Red 6 years ago from Oklahoma

      I hardly sell books but buy them all the time online, mostly from Amazon. If I find I'm not happy with a book I'll usually take it to Hastings to trade for another book. They don't give you as much as if you sold them though.