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14 Ways to Sell Used Books

14 Ways to Sell Used Books

Selling Used Books? Where to get rid of used books….

1.        Troop Support

A great organization called “Operation Paperback.” It’s a non-profit organization that coordinates the shipment of gently used, recycled paperbacks to servicemen and women overseas.

Often, our soldiers are stationed in places where they don’t have many options for recreation. Reading is a safe and available “escape” to pass the hours. I asked members of my alumnae club to search their bookshelves for paperbacks to donate, but one could easily do the same with a local church, PTA or neighborhood group. Perhaps, you could even ask for shipping donations. The organization makes it easy to label and mail. Even better, I could ship via book rate to APO/FPO addresses that are billed as “domestic.”

2.        Donate to a Shelter

You could donate the books to a local homeless shelter or battered women’s shelter. Depending on the age appropriateness of the books, you could also donate some to the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

3.        Host a Book Sale

You should be able to get a garage sale rate for placing an ad in your local paper’s classified section. More interest will be generated if you include the price. For instance, advertise “Nothing over $2.”

4.        Contact Local Friends of the Library

The Friends of the Library will be happy to take your books as a donation. All public libraries usually have Friends of the Library organization that you may contact. Some of your books may go into their Silent Auction to raise money for the children’s programs inside the library that they are supporting. Your donation is tax deductible and a receipt will be given to you.

5.       Help Victims of Natural Disasters

Perhaps a library in one of the hurricane-ravaged towns could use your books

6.       Sell on Internet

You probably don’t have the time to list the books individually on eBay orHalf.com, but maybe you could post them in lots. For example, package together a set of books by the same author or in the same genre, and put them up for sale on eBay. Or, there are many groups on Yahoo.com where people post garage sale items. Simply do a search for “garage sale” or “for sale” and you should be able to find some. You can post the book lots on those groups as well.

You can also see if you have a Cheapcycle in your area. In our area, we have a local Freecycle and a local Cheapcycle (both on Yahoo groups). If you don’t want to give the books away, post them for sale on

7.        Sell to Home school Families

If you have any textbooks, craft books, historical novels or autobiographies, you might want to see if there is a home school support group in your area and put ad in their newspaper. Homeschoolers are always on the lookout for books.

8.       Happy with Amazon

I sell all of my books that I don’t want to keep on Amazon, and I’ve sold hundreds of books successfully. I prefer Amazon as shoppers on Amazon buy more books than any other type of item because this is what Amazon built their core business around. Online book buyers know to check Amazon first. Usually, the prices are better than retail store sites that have brick and mortar buildings.

When you go to http://www.amazon.com, you have the ability to type in an author or title of the book. In seconds, you can see if Amazon has the item in stock and how many used items of the same are for sale from other retailers or book lovers. Check the prices of the used items and this will help you determine a fair price, making sure you note the condition of each book for sale.

Make sure you note the condition of the book accurately in the description when you list your book. If you are a non-smoker and the books are in a home that doesn’t smell like cigars or cigarettes, note that. People, who buy used books on Amazon, look for well-cared-for books. After all, if the book smells, how are you going to enjoy the reading experience?

Also, Amazon incorporates an automatic shipping charge that is credited to your account. If you want to give the book a home, the shipping price and your asking price should easily total below what Amazon charges to get rid of the item more quickly.

If you mail the books by media mail, you stand to make the most money. Buy a cheap scale from any office supply store and you will be able to calculate the exact cost of shipping without over-paying the postal service. Plus, you can anticipate the shipping costs of heavy books and factor that into your asking price.

To reduce your shipping prices, rather than boxing most books, I wrap them in cheap plastic wrap and buy end rolls of butcher paper from my local grocery store. If no butcher paper is available, newspaper printers have end rolls of paper. Or save the paper bags that you get at any local convenience store or grocery store to further reduce the costs you pay to ship the items.

If you truly want to get rid of the books, make sure you price the books lower than those on the used sites. If you have a limited edition or something special, make sure to note the special feature and simply ask for more money than the official Amazon release and you can recoup additional costs you incurred when you purchased the book. If you want a premium price, you may wait a little longer, but you will definitely make more money using Amazon than you will at a brick and mortar retailer or a garage sale because of the space involved in displaying the books.

9.       Sell Books to Used Bookstores

I often sell books to the used bookstores in our area. They offer cash or you can accept store credit (usually at a higher rate). I would call the ones in your area and ask about the policies for accepting books and possibly make an appointment since you have such a large quantity.

Another thing to consider would to donate some of the books to the literacy programs in your area. Just remember to get a receipt for all donated items, so you can use it as a tax deduction if you itemize.

10.   Check Out These Creative Solutions

If there are older books with bindings in good condition, it could be worthwhile to sort them into lots according to size, color, design, etc. and offer them as decorator accessories to interior designers.

Using a local “penny-saver” publication that gives free ad space, the reader could also sort into smaller lots according to topic and possibly sell to avid readers on specific subjects.

Understanding the desire to get a small return on the collection, the reader might reconsider donating some portion of the books just to pare down to a more manageable size. Places like veteran’s homes, state prisons, youth or senior centers and residential care facilities would love to have donated books.

Another option is to register and release books through bookcrossing.com. It’s fun to watch where the books go after they leave our hands. Donating may not get the money in hand, but is an excellent way to pass on the pleasure of reading to those who truly appreciate it.

11.  Consider Trading Online

I use an online book-trading site called PaperbackSwap.com, and even though they are called Paperback Swap, they do take hardcover books, too. It’s a great way to read a lot of books without having to buy them, and they are continually circulated around the country.

12.   Give Books to Teachers

Check with teacher friends. If any of Mary’s books are on topics of study, a classroom teacher may want some for his or her classroom library.

13.   Benefit Your New Home

If your condo has a Clubhouse, you can ask if you can donate your books to their library or start one of your own. I am sure many residents will enjoy free books to read.

14.  Nursing Homes

Nursing Homes are a place to drop off any used books, they love any kind or type!


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Two books by Sister Renee Pittelli

TITLE: Narcissistic Predicaments by Sister Renee Pittelli

PublisherOutskirts Press, Inc

Genre/Market:  Religion, Christian Life, Family

Publication Date: 2010

Price:  $ 22.95

Soft copy

5 Out of 5 points


Headline for Book Review: How to deal with Narcissistic parents growing up in a world of all negativity

Quote: “Jesus never tells us to forgive someone who is not remorseful or who is unwilling to change their ways.”

When ReviewTheBook dot com sent me this book for free to do an honest review I had no idea what this book involved.  I wanted to read on how to deal with Narcissistic people whom are in my own life.  What I found out was that and so much more.

If you grew up with someone that was always negative and no supporting of you and your life and ideas then this book helps you get out of it forever.  The author talks about the 21 Rules of No Contact and the 102 Questions to Ask Yourself when deciding whether to end an abusive relationship.  You will answer those questions from your heart and be able to use the tools and strategies to overcome those whom have hurt your life in the past and how to deal with them now.

The author Sister Renee Pittelli has tons of scriptures to back up her claims which help the reader recover from the narcissistic person(s) in their lives.

Do you ever wonder what you can expect in the future, and how you will feel years from now if your abusers are no longer in your life?  This book will tell you how to get away from it all and start living your full life the way it’s supposed to be. This book helps us to set boundaries so that the abusive person(s) may not have our permission to keep violating our lives.

Lessons from the author:

  • Eventually they will lose their ability to impact you emotionally
  • They’re not even in the ballpark of normal, and they never were.
  • They are never going to be a part of your life again.
  • Not everyone is going to hurt you.
  • Healing takes time, but you will heal.













The Family Freeloader by Sister Renee Pittelli

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The Family Freeloader by Sister Renee Pittelli


I would like to say that Review the Book has given me a free copy of the family Freeloader by Sister Renee Pittelli @ 2009 for my honest review.  This is a wonderful book if you need biblical answers for the sob stories, con artist games and lazy freeloaders in your life.

The author presents testimonies which will help the reader recognize the freeloader’s schemes.   If you even suspect one person in your life as being a freeloader, the strategies Sister Pittelli tells you will help to point to what the bible says concerning freeloaders.  The secret to overcoming the freeloader’s schemes is to please GOD so that you do not carry guilt, which makes us want to help freeloaders.

This helpful book is written with humor, wisdom, and much needed common sense.  You will be able to recognize ploys, what traits freeloaders look for, sneaky tactics they use, 21 ways to spot a con artist and so much more!

If you are a people pleaser, reading this book will teach you how to avoid being taken advantage of by freeloaders of society.

May you be blessed by reading this book. The Family Freeloader by Sister Renee Pittelli

© 2012 Jackie Paulson

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After reading her book I am looking forward to learning more from her newest book “Start Up from the Ground up.”

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Unintended Consequences by Bill Shaner

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This is one remarkable true story about Bill Shaner’s life before he had his life changing accident and after his accident.  I accepted this book for an honest review from review the book dot-com.  I always love a true story don’t you?

I think we all have to face life’s challenges to make us stronger and to help us in our walk spiritually.  Each life experience is here to teach us valuable lessons and once we have learned them we move on to the next.  I know this to be a fact in my life and I know it to be a fact in Bill Shaner’s life too!

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Bill became paralyzed from the waist down after his accident and was told he would never walk again.  With the odds against him, he never gave up and to this day he is walking, speaking, traveling and encouraging others in his new life with Christ.

What you will discover if you read his book is;

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Secrets to Emotional Wealth by Simon Casey PhD Caadach © 2011

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Simon does a wonderful job to help us each on our journey to self-discovery!  Socrates believed that “an unexamined life is not worth living,” and Simon believes that “your clarity will define you at the end.”

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If you want to achieve happiness, love and more meaning to your life read this book.  It explores the importance of connecting with and processing your own feelings.  What I love is the six core feelings Simon explores in depth and how the way in which how we learn to come to terms with these feelings during our early lives results in creating defenses to avoid facing feelings.  We have so many false behaviors and beliefs that stem from our own childhoods.  These beliefs are reinforces in our adult lives and in order to change them, reading this book will give you emotional healing like you have never experienced before!

© 2012 Jackie Paulson