make money selling used books

How to Sell Used Books Online

Selling used books online is a great way to earn side income. Finding and selling used books can be a great way to supplement your income. It can also be a stepping stone to building a passive income towards earning $300 per day.

Selling used books online requires you to have a source of quality used books. There are several ways and places to source quality used books.

Sources for Quality Used Books

  • Library Book sales – Most local libraries have book sales once or twice a year. The used book sales are a way for libraries to clear out some space in their racks of books that haven’t been checked out in a while. Often times you can pick up quality hard cover books, many of them out of print, for just $1 or $2 each. Often, on the last day of the book sale, in order to clear out space, libraries will often sell books by the bag-load for just a couple of dollars.
  • Goodwill or Consignment Stores – Goodwill and other charity and consignment shops get lots of donations of books. Books can be found at Goodwill from less than $1 to a couple dollars each.
  • Garage Sales, Yard Sales & Tag Sales – Whatever they’re called in your part of the country, garage sales can be a great source of lots of books for very little money. People that are selling books at garage sales are usually happy to give someone a great deal on the price if they are buying multiple books or the entire book collection.

Be sure to also check out flea markets and other places in your area that may sell used books.

Selling Used Books Online

There are different ways and places to sell used books online. There are booksellers that will buy some books from you outright for a fixed price. These include and Valore Books.

These websites ask you to put the books ISBN numbers or barcode numbers into an online form. The websites will then generate a quote for the books that they will purchase and what the prices will be. It helps to check more than one site for different books because they will offer different prices for the same or similar book titles.

Other places to sell used books online, where you become the retailer, include,, and Each has it’s advantages and disadvantages. For example, selling books through will list your books on their site alongside the same title that they are selling as a product available from an alternative seller. Amazon also allows you to see prices that your book titles are selling for so that you can set your price accordingly. Oftentimes, out of print books can sell from a huge premium on