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12 Websites That Will Pay You for Old Textbooks

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Kate MurphyGuest Blogger
July 11, 2016 · 3.1k Views

You’ve been subsisting on a steady diet of ramen for the past semester. Finals are done and you want to celebrate, but are completely broke. Not to worry, there’s hope. Because that introduction to art history textbook you don’t need anymore can make you some money. In fact, many of your college textbooks could bring in some desperately needed funds. Here is a list of the best websites where you can sell your textbooks for cash.


1. Cash4Books

Source: College Magazine

Cash4Books is an online service that will buy books directly from you. The process is streamlined in 3 easy steps:

1. Get an instant quote online by typing in the book’s ISBN

2. Ship the book for free using a prepaid mailing label

3. Receive payment via paypal

2. BookScouter

BookScouter is a great online service because it will do a search of online vendors, allowing you to compare price offers. It’s very simple and straightforward. Just type in the book’s ISBN and BookScouter will search over 50 buyback vendors. You can then compare prices and choose the vendor who will give you the most money.  Once you’ve selected a vendor and completed the transaction, you’ll be emailed a free shipping label. Once the vendor receives and inspects the book, you’ll get paid.

3. Sell Back Your Book

Source: Daily Tarheel

Sell Back Your Book is another website that buys books directly from you. Just type in the ISBN number and get a quote for your book. Free shipping is always offered. The site continually updates prices to ensure that you are getting the best deal.

4. SellBackBooks

Very similar to Sell Back Your Book regarding name and services, SellBackBooks also buys books directly from you. Enter the book’s ISBN and see how much money they will give you. Free shipping is offered. Once they receive the book, they’ll pay you quickly with direct deposit.

5. Bookbytes

Source: Cortland ASC

Bookbytes is a website where students go to sell, buy, and rent textbooks. They make it very easy to sell books. Just type in the ISBN and you’ll get a quote for how much they are offering. If you like the price, click “Continue Sale” and Bookbytes will email a free shipping label. Once they receive your book (estimated shipping time is 4-14 days), you’ll receive payment by check or paypal.

6. RentBooks

Rentbooks is another website that offers to buy back and rent books to students. Simply type in the book’s ISBN and get a quote. If you are happy with the going price, continue with the sale and they will send you a free shipping label. Note: RentBooks stays keen on the changing prices for textbooks. Your quote will stay secure from the moment you place your order. Payment stays the same as long as they receive your book within 30 days. So don’t procrastinate on mailing out the sold textbook. Once Rentbooks receives the book (estimated 4-14 business days), it will take 3-5 business days to process the order with an additional business day to issue payment. You can choose to receive payment by check or paypal.

7. Blue Rectangle

Source: HACC Bookstore

Blue Rectangle is an affiliate of SellBackYourBook.com and doesn’t actually buy books itself. That being said, Blue Rectangle works the same way as many other buyback sites. You just type in the textbook’s ISBN and receive a price offer. Take advantage of the free shipping label for your order. Payment options include check or paypal.

8. Textbook Buyer

Textbook Buyer is a reliable website that buys used textbooks directly from you. They also buy brand new textbooks at special prices. Just type in the ISBN number and receive the offered price. Textbook Buyer is known for speedy payment and typically sends a check out 1 day after the book is received and inspected.

9. Knetbooks

Source: Wikihow

Knetbooks is another buyback website. It’s very easy to use. Type in the ISBN and see how much money they are offering. If you like the price, sell the book and receive a free shipping label. Use Knetbook’s direct deposit option and look forward to speedy payment.

10. Amazon

We all know that Amazon is the biggest website when it comes to selling books. Unlike the other websites on this list, Amazon is not a buyback website. So keep in mind that your books may not sell immediately and it could be a while before you receive any cash.

11. Half.com (eBay)

Source: Reed Bookstore

Half.com is an online auction site run by eBay where you can list your textbooks to sell. Be aware that you may have to wait for your book to sell. Nevertheless, Half.com is reliable and you can expect a smooth process when using it to sell old textbooks.

12. Barnes & Noble

Did you know that Barnes & Noble buys back used textbooks? Input the ISBN to see how much they are offering for your book. If you like what you see, submit your book for return and complete the order. A postage paid label will be emailed to you (the label does not insure your package or provide delivery confirmation).

Any student (or former student) knows the financial blow that comes with buying the required textbooks for the semester. It’s especially painful because chances are you’ll have no use for the book once the class is over. Instead of tucking old textbooks away to gather dust, try making a little money off of them.


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Kate Murphy is a native of Pennsylvania. After receiving a degree in art history, she moved to New York City to test the waters. She enjoys writing about art, culture, fashion, design, and travel. In addition to writing, Kate works with artists, leads, street art tours, and moonlights as an illustrator.

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