How to sell your unwanted books online

I have quite a few academic books, mostly about Tertullian, which I know that I will never look at again.  I’d like to sell these off and get rid of them — they’re occupying space I require for other purposes — but how?

Suggestions welcome!

10 Responses to “How to sell your unwanted books online”


  1. Jim Darlack

    Pardon the following obvious comments:

    I’ve used Amazon with great success. Of course the problem with Amazon is that you have to shell out $$$ for Amazon’s commission. The value of Amazon, however, is that you’ve got the ‘advertising power’ of folks looking on Amazon and seeing your book.

    The other alternative would be to list the books on your blog. Most likely you’d be selling books in which folks who read your blog may have an interest. List them on a page and arrange shipment, etc. by email. This avoids the middle-man’s commission.

  2. Roger Pearse

    Interesting thoughts – thank you! I’ll look into these.

  3. Steve Bricker

    I have used eBay with mixed results. Perhaps I should try listing them on my blog site as Jim recommended.

  4. Roger Pearse

    How did you find it on eBay? I’m nervous that my books are probably too specialised for that area, and that no-one would see them.

  5. Steve Bricker

    Therein lies the problem. The listing line must be descriptive enough to find with a simple search. I had to study listings to know how to get people to find them using the Search function. I also understand the specialized nature of books. eBay is better for popular-level media.

    Other possibilities for listing the books are AbeBooks.com and Alibris.com. I do not know how they operate however.

  6. Joel

    You might start by posting them on your blog first.

  7. Roger Pearse

    I might try doing a book sale here. Nothing to lose, payment by paypal.

  8. Joel

    When you do, I’ll post a link on my blog. Would love to look at your library.

  9. Joel W

    I also use Amazon and at least in the USA, it works fairly well.

  10. Roger Pearse

    Thanks! I’m off to the patristics conference tomorrow, tho, so it won’t be for a few days.



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