5 Tips for Selling Your Used Books

Is it time to take a good look at your book collection?
Is it time to take a good look at your book collection?
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There's nothing like a recession for getting rid of the clutter in our lives and making some money in the process. While we're buckling down and simplifying our lifestyles, it's a great time to reassess all of the extra stuff that we have accumulated. And if you find yourself needing to move to a smaller, more affordable place to live, it'll be necessary to get rid of things that might take up a lot of space, such as books.

Even if you aren't a voracious reader with a vast home library, you've probably collected a fair share of books throughout the years, whether they were occasional purchases, gifts, textbooks for school or even inherited books from earlier generations. And books that you don't use regularly or care much for are just taking up room that could be better used for something else.

What's great about books is that they're generally valued and reusable. One book you consider junk could be someone else's treasure. So, instead of simply throwing your collection out, why not make some extra money by selling it? This might not be as much of a hassle as it seems, and the money you get could make it worth the extra time you invest in it. You may even discover that you have a knack for it, and you could even turn bookselling into a personal business on the side. All you need is the right strategy.

Read on to find out the subtle art of selling your (gently) used books.