Selling Books on Amazon

Do you have piles of books around your house that you don’t use anymore? Maybe it’s a bunch of books your kids have outgrown. Maybe it’s some books you bought, read, but really don’t feel a connection to anymore. Maybe it’s even college books.

Whatever, you might consider selling them on Amazon. It’s easy, and over the years I’ve made hundreds of dollars, a few at a time, doing just that.

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Selling books on Amazon

It’s very easy to do – you don’t need to photograph your books or anything like that. Just look up the book you have on Amazon. Make sure you get the exact book – hardcover vs. paperback, publication year, etc. Then, along the right side of the page you’ll see a button saying “sell yours here.” Click that.

You’ll then be asked for the condition of your book:  new, used – like new, used-very good, used-good, used-acceptable, etc. You’ll also choose the price you want for the book, and that basically it. Your book will be listed for sale immediately, and the listing will be active until the book sells or until you cancel it. You can edit the price later if you wish.

Keep in mind Amazon’s fees:  They charge 1.35 per book, plus .99, plus 15% of the price. If this seems steep to you – I agree. You’ll see some people charging .01 for books as well. Usually, if I plan to see a book and see them all priced dirt cheap, I won’t even list that book – not worth my time storing it on the off chance someone would buy it.

Amazon also gives you a shipping allowance to pay to ship the book. I recycle mailing envelopes I get to ship the books, and I keep a supply of various denominations of stamps to ship the books from home. If the book weighs over 13 ounces, you are not allowed to put stamps on it and ship it from home – but you can get around this by printing a shipping label at paypal.

You can check for mailing rates, and I use a baby scale to weigh packages. Since I mail things out frequently, I keep a little chart with various weights and prices. For anything 9 ounces or less, first-class is cheaper. Heavier than that, use media mail rate.

I do prefer Amazon for selling books over Ebay, because although Ebay’s fees are less, you can only list your books for a week to 10 days there vs. forever on Amazon – that’s truly Amazon’s advantage, to me.

I have a spot where I keep the books I have listed for sale. When I get a notice that one has sold, I just ship it out. Amazon pays twice a month for any sales. It sure beats the .50 per book I usually get if I sell books at garage sales – it works for me.


4 thoughts on “Selling Books on Amazon

  1. You can list them on – a division of eBay forever though. The fees are similar to Amazon.

  2. I just popped over to ask you if you had sold on, but I see someone else mentioned it. I have never sold on either place, but I almost always buy from

  3. yep…I sold all my texbooks on through college…never tried amazon though. I love amazon very much though so I should give them a try 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  4. I usually do Half Price Books–but they pay very badly. I wonder which is the better deal? Too bad I stink at math! Thanks for the information on “how to” –I may check it out for some of the better ones. I get lots of re-usable padded mailers at work……

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