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How to Sell Paperbacks

Updated November 21, 2016

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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Ricky Andromeda has been writing since 1999. His articles have been published on various websites, specializing in pool, art, hunting, antiques, home improvement, chemistry and gambling. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Louisiana State University and is pursuing a Master of Fine Arts in writing at the University of Arkansas.