If you have a few minutes and would like to clean out your book shelves, you can try selling your used books at http://cash4books.net. From what I've read on the site, they are mostly interested in non-fiction, but you can check it out for yourself. The site and process is very simple. You log onto the site, put in the ISBN number of your books and they tell you immediately whether or not they are buying the ones you have. If they are, they tell you how much they will pay you and send you a postage paid mailing label which you can print off. The service keeps you well informed. They let you know when they receive your books and processing did not take nearly as long as I expected. I had a check within weeks. It's definitely worth a shot.
By Marie from West Dundee, IL
Editor's Note: It looks like they really focus on text books. Another great place to to sell books is Half.com. They also allow you to enter an ISBN number and they show you how much the books has sold for recently. If someone orders the book, you toss it in the mail to the person. You can make money from both non-fiction and fiction, but like the above site, newer editions of non-fiction textbooks are the best sellers. Amazon.com has a similar marketplace for selling your used books as well.
There is a local used bookstore in the area that offers credit for pretty much any used paperback. It isn't the same as cash but it does allow me to buy a new book and get rid of ones that I got and didn't care for.
Powell's Books is also in my area and they also pay cash for books. I think they might buy books online too. It is powells.com.
I'm curious. What types of books sell the best besides textbooks? When referring to non-fiction, what types does this refer to? Thanks! (09/22/2007)
I was referred to a fantastic site for trading books, books that you've read or are not favorites that you would like to get rid of you can list here and can request others that you would like to have. It's a great site for avid readers. If you have a favorite author, be sure to search for them on the site. We found so many great books we didn't even know existed. A very close friend of mine, told me about the site and I've been using it for a couple of months. I've loved every minute of it. It is www.paperbackswap.com.
It is a fantastic site where you can trade books. You pay the shipping to send books to others requesting them, and receive a credit for each book you send. You can then request a book that you would like and pay nothing for it.
The site gives you a few free credits when you first sign up and post 10 books up for trade. You can use those to pick out books of your interest right away! This site has been great. I joined before my husbands' birthday this year and found books by his favorite author we didn't even know existed! We are both avid readers, so it's saved us a lot of money by trading them. If you like the site and join, you can also receive a credit for a book you like by telling others about it, if they use your id as referer. It is fantastic and may save you some money if you are an avid reader. Great for Christmas gifts too! I would have to say that for the most part I like it better than half.com or ebay.com since the cost to ship a book out media mail is quite lower than I have paid to purchase books we enjoy at other sites. (10/23/2007)
Hello, I am Glen with www.sellbackyourbook.com and we offer a similar service as cash4books and we purchase quite a few items. As the editor mentioned half.com is a great place to sell books, but if you are in a hurry to make room on your shelves then my site or cash4books is the way to go, with half your books my sit for awhile with no buyers. Hope this is helpful. (07/20/2008)
I am Kevin with CKY Books. I would encourage everyone to check out our website at www.ckybooks.com.
While we do purchase textbooks, we are not just focused on buying back those books. We are interested in the following genres:
Also, we are always glad to answer any questions you may have.
Another site for trading used books, cd's and dvd's is www.swaptree.com. It's the only site I've used so far and I really like it.
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