How to Sell Paperbacks

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How to Sell Paperbacks
Sell your paperback books to remove clutter and make some cash. (Jorg Greuel/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

A good way to drum up some extra cash and remove clutter from your house is to sell your books. Paperbacks, sometimes called softcovers, are smaller and slightly less valuable than hardcovers. You can sell your paperbacks on the street, at stores or online; it all depends on how much you want to get for your books and how quickly you want the money.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Instructions

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    Decide how much you'd like to get for your books before you sell them. This will help you decide the best route to selling your paperbacks. If you simply want to get rid of them or if you want a good amount for them, you'll use different tactics.

  2. 2

    Clean your books, removing dust from the covers with a cloth. Remove bookmarks, loose papers or sticky notes from the books to make them more appealing.

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    Bring your paperbacks to a used bookstore to sell or trade them for store credit. Used bookstores rarely pay top dollar for books, but it's a quick way to get rid of books you don't want.

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    Sell your books online at Amazon, eBay, Alibris or Half.com. Listing your books online lets you set your own price or hold an auction for individual books or groups. Selling books online takes longer than selling them in a shop, but you can potentially get more money.

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    Peddle your books on the sidewalk if you live in a city. Set up a table and sell your books to passersby. Check with local authorities about obtaining a street vendor or peddler's license before selling anything on the sidewalk. You can discuss the books with potential customers and recommend books based on their interests.

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