Saturday, February 11, 2012

Let's Talk Books!!!

I don't know too many people who don't like to read. O.K. I know one and that's my husband, but that's a different story. For the most part, people like to read. With all of the options available out there today, why anyone actually purchases a book to read is beyond me.

You can check out books from the library, download free books from various online sources like the library and, etc. Now I'm not trying to put anyone out of business and I definitely don't want the writers to stop reading. But say you are a person that does reviews for a publishing company or such. What do you do with the books after you are done with them? There are several options:

1) Donate, donate, donate. Of course you can donate them to your local library. However, think about things like donating children's and youth level books to an orphanage or children's home in your area. Donate your adult books to an unwed mother's home, etc. Think outside the box here. And yes, Good Will, Salvation Army, St. Vincent DePauls are good places as well

2) If you want to sell them and try to recoup some of the money you spent you have a couple of options. First is the 1/2 priced book stores. You will normally just get half price of the value and they normally prefer to put it on credit for you. Then you can purchase books using the credit for the books you just sold them.

Another great place to sell books is at You go online and you enter the ISBN number from the book (it's usually located right above or near the UPC code on the back of the book). Press enter and the system tells you how much they will pay for your book. The thing I love about Cash4Books is they pay the shipping. You can print out a shipping label and then all you have to do is pack up the books, slap on the address/shipping label(s) and drop the package off at the local post office. Once they receive the books, they will verify you actually sent the books you said you were sending, inspect the books to make certain they are in good condition, etc. and then you will get paid. They pay via check or PayPal and they really prefer to pay PayPal. Now keep in mind that they are looking for relatively recently published books and they only go back around 3 years. It's 2012 so right now they should be accepting books for the years 2009, 2010 and 2011. They also accept Textbooks so it's a great way for college kids to get some money back on all of those text books they had to purchse.

Another great thing to do is trade in your books to Swagbucks goes along the same premises however you earn Swag Bucks instead of cash and you have to be sending them the equivalent of 600 Swag Bucks worth of books for the shipping to be free. Unfortunately, Swag Bucks system doesn't give you a great deal of information on what type of books they are taking and if you go to the Q&A section on trade ins it appears as if they primarily take college books. With that said, if you purchase a lot of books, odds are you have something of trade in value at Swagbucks. If you do have books to trade in to Swagbucks, count on about a 5 week turn around from the time the package is received to the time you get the credit for it.

Now you know what to do with all of those books you have been meaning to get rid of :)

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