Turn ‘em into cash!
DEAR MARY: I have a lot of books I’d like to get rid of — mostly on the subject of internet technology. What is the best way to sell used books? — Deborah
DEAR DEBORAH: There are multiple online sites that buy used books — each with different criteria. And let me warn you — book buyers can be fickle about which books they’re buying on any particular day. It all depends on trends and what particular set of subjects the buyer believes is hot for its particular audience.
Rather than try to find all of the individual companies that purchase used books yourself, I suggest you go to BookScouter. This is a onestop shop that searches 55 different online book buyers with one click. You’ll quickly discover which book dealer, if any, is interested in buying the books you have. With that kind of an audience looking at what’s on your bookshelves, I think you have a decent chance at making quite a few sales. Most buyers make it easy to send the books by paying for shipping and allowing you to simply print a prepaid mailing label. Just keep in mind that IT is a quickly changing field.
If you are unable to sell the books, the IRS will allow you to take a fair-market tax deduction when you donate the books to a recognized charitable organization such as The Salvation Army. If you go that route, make sure you use Money For Your Used Clothing to properly value your donations. You don’t want to get audited only to discover that the values you assigned to your donated items are not anything close to what the IRS sees as their values.
Good luck. I hope you can make a lot of sales.