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Value of Encyclopedia Britannica Books of the Year

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These encyclopedia updates rarely have any collecting value. This page discusses the value of Encyclopedia Britannica books of the year.


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I have 9 Britannica book of the year copies. 1943-1951 in pretty good condition. I am wondering if they are worth anything?


July 17, 20180 found this helpful

Probably not. Unless they are antiques and a complete set theyre worth very little

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July 18, 20180 found this helpful

My suggestion is to do a little nosework out on Ebay:

On the site, look for completed SOLD auctions (this is a sample of what I am referencing--the price paid is in green:


When you are doing your search you will need to look for an apples to apples match to find your EXACT books--meaning for each book, the exact book, year, condition and see if they sold and what the selling price was.

Someone may have them as "set" or "lot" but it must match exactly what you have in front of you to help you determine a value.

If you use something similar you are not going to get an exact value as sometimes there are similar items where one has a lot of value and the similar if there are no sold listing for your exact book (books) keep checking back.

You may want to see if there is an exact match in the active auctions and set up an eBay WATCH to see when/if it sells and for how much.

If there are multiple exact items sold for different prices, I usually do an average to help me value my items I sell.


I recommend ONLY using sold price not using current auctions and asking price as people can ask the world, but value is only what people will pay.

When trying to determine your selling price (value), I use the price people paid PLUS shipping (which I know a lot of people disagree with me about) because if you are selling them at a face to face venue, it is helpful to know the EXACT amount someone forked over for an item when setting your price.

So, if someone paid $100 with free shipping (you could value the item at 100). If someone paid 50 for an item and 50 for shipping, same thing (50 + 50 = 100).

The thing with VALUE is it is TOTALLY DIFFERENT THAN PROFIT. Meaning in the eBay example, if the item sold for $100 with free shipping, the seller only netted (and I am using round numbers for reference only) less than 50 because shipping something this heavy is expensive in that case is paid by the SELLER, plus the eBay and Paypal fees are paid by the seller also.


The same less than $50 value is evident when the BUYER pays shipping (the seller can't count shipping as profit because even though the buyer paid for it, the seller spends it to get it to the buyer--but it can be counted as item value if selling in a face to face venue where no shipping is involved. The seller still pays fees here also so that is a wash.

Condition is everything, so if someone is selling a pristine book and it sold for $100, a less than pristine book would go for anywhere from 15-20% less...or even more if the condition is really bad.

Once you find your values for each item, you may decide it is best to sell them one by one (if you know some hold more value than others) or list the items as a bundled lot (all together). Be very carefully about shipping costs either way so you don't lose money


Also, be aware that calculating a value (asking price) can be calculated by adding each sold price up to get a value (like if one sold for 1 and the others for 2, and you have 10 books to sell (9 x 2 is 18 +1) it would be a value of 19 dollars to start.

Hope this helps you determine value for your books! Good luck!

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July 18, 20180 found this helpful

Thank you for taking the time to help me. Its seems like a lot of great information that I can use. I really appreciate it. Thanks, again.

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July 18, 20180 found this helpful

You are most welcome! Hope you are able to make some profit from the items! If not, they are great for crafting and scrapbooking (cut them apart and use the neat illustrations etc.)

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July 19, 20180 found this helpful

Year books will sometimes sell better/faster if listed individually as people do look for a certain year more than they look for several years together. Year books make great birthday gifts especially from this many years ago.


  • There are sites to check for any of your year books - eBay, Amazon, Abe's Books, Google - but you may not find any listings with all these years.
  • Abe's Books sell a lot of individual books (usually about $9 each) but I do not know what fees they charge.
  • eBay and Amazon also have individual books listed and they list for about the same amount - $9-$10 each - but they both charge about 10-13% of the sale price as fees.
  • Most all books of this sort are very slow sellers and it may take many months for your books to sell (if they sell) so that is something to think about.
  • If your 1943 book has anything about WWII it may be more valuable - especially if it has pictures. Check this out before listing.
  • You can list on eBay, Amazon, Bonanza but it is really easy to list on your local sale sites like Craigslist, USA4Sale, Facebook Marketplace and there is no shipping involved.
  • If these were my books I would list on local sites first. List as a lot with a $60-$70 (maybe negotiable) price and state individual years sold for $10 each. All you have to do if one year sells is remove it from the lot, adjust the price and wait for another sale.
  • Hope you have good luck - these are interesting books.
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August 2, 20180 found this helpful

I am interested in 1943 because it was my birth year (1942). Would you like to sell it?

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I am curious to the value of book of the year from 1960-2008 would be?


July 30, 20191 found this helpful

Most of the listings on eBay are asking $10 or less.

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July 30, 20191 found this helpful

I think these could potentially be worth $60 to over $100 but these types of books usually take a long time to sell - months to years.

Here is a link to eBay's sold books so you can get an idea of what people are paying for these books.

Some sellers are listing each book separately but that takes a very long time to sell a large number of books.
I believe you could receive the most profit by listing your books in groups of 10 - 60's, 70's and so on.
Be careful with shipping - box up a set and check the weight - always ship Media Mail.

You may have faster luck in selling by listing sets on local sites like Craigslist, OfferUp, LetGo, Facebook Marketplace and any others you know about. These sites (and eBay) offer 'local pick up only' and then shipping would not be necessary.
You would need good pictures of each group of books as well as some facts listed for that year.

Starting price? Set your own (look at sold eBay listings) but start higher and lower the price if no one shows an interest.

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July 31, 20190 found this helpful

Thank you for information might just give them to local library

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July 31, 20190 found this helpful

Sounds like a nice idea.
People still use reference books in the library.

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February 28, 2018

I have 1969, '70, '71, '72, '73, '74, and '75. They are the maroon color shown in the picture. Are these worth anything?


February 28, 20181 found this helpful

They are not worth anything. People get their information on the internet now and these books are too new to be antiques.

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February 28, 20181 found this helpful

Unfortunately, nobody is willing to pay for encyclopedias these days unless they are over 100+ years old. The information contained in your books is old and has been updated online. Therefore, it is hard to sell your books. You might be able to list them on Craig's list in your area for $25. That is probably the best offer you'll receive on them.

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February 28, 20181 found this helpful

Not really... most people get the most of them from people who reuse them for other purposes. I'd say $20-$30 max

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March 1, 20180 found this helpful

Encyclopedia sets and year books are more for collectors than everyday people which makes most of them very slow, low value sellers.

  • Many sellers of year books try to sell them individually as there may be more people interested in what "happened" in a certain year but most of these are listed at $5.00 each and may takes months to sell (if they sell).
  • Sometimes several year books listed together will sell because someone wants one or two of the years in the "set" but still not much money and a lot of trouble packing and shipping.
  • If you want to sell your books, I would suggest you list them on your local Craigslist or 4sale or any other local listing site.
  • These are good sites as anyone interested can see the books and no shipping involved.
  • Craigslist is easy to use (listing instructions on site) and very little cost involved but you might have to list for several months.
  • I would suggest you start your price at $50 and reduce it if no interest is shown.
  • You can always do your own research for the value of your books - eBay and Amazon sell the most books so these are good places to check. Always remember - asking prices rarely relate to actual selling prices.

If you decide you do not want to bother with trying to sell, you may be able to donate your year books to a local charity thrift store as they may take these where they will not usually accept sets of books.

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January 25, 2015

What is the Britannica Book of the Year Series from 1966 to 1974 worth?

By Rick


January 26, 20150 found this helpful

This first answer below is from me and the second answer is from an earlier question.

Many people have old books they think are important and want to sell. Most old dictionaries, encyclopedias, etc., have very little value-a few dollars at most. You can check online for old book collectors, on Craigslist and other retail sites for possibilities.

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February 1, 2014

What is a set of Book of the Year worth that includes 1975 through 2000? All volumes are in good condition.

By David

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November 6, 2013

I have a set of Encyclpaedia Britannica Book of the Year from 1975 to 1991, plus the Britannica Atlas ( I think 1974 ). What would be the value for selling them and where would I sell them besides eBay and Amazon?

By Melody H. from Dunkirk, MD

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September 29, 2012

I have the 1950 Britannica book of the year/encyclopedia. How much is it worth?

By Duane from Charleston, SC

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