How To Get Rid of Unwanted Textbooks


Over the course of your stay at University, you will likely accumulate several textbooks. Even in an age where most things are online, in some cases there is no substitute for the good old hardback textbook. In many cases, courses require you to buy ‘compulsory textbooks’. At the end of your studies, there won’t be any need for them. This means that you can get rid of them once and for all. But how? Here are a few clever ways of getting rid and de-cluttering.


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Selling textbooks is a good idea for your finances! Photo by Pixabay on


Yes – the place you probably bought the textbook from in the first place, will most likely buy it back. While this isn’t entirely a sick joke, from the outset it should be noted that this will be at a reduced rate. Blackwell’s often run promotions at the end of the year to buy second-hand books. As long as your textbook is in good condition, you can likely sell it back and recoup some of your outlay. Look out for promotions.


Ziffit and MusicMagpie are two examples of the several sites that purchase second-hand books for reasonable amounts. A simple Google search asking for ‘buying unwanted books’ returns many options for you. While many older textbooks will secure a paltry return of around £0.30, more recent textbooks will frequently be over the £10 mark. You will just need to box them up and arrange for a courier – making the process very simple. This works best if you have a lot of books to get rid of – the money can quickly stack up. Even better, these same websites will often take unwanted DVD’s, CD’s and video games off your hands too. Again, all of these will need to be in reasonable condition. It could be advisable to compare and contrast different prices – they will differ from site-to-site. Overall, this represents a very simple and effective way of getting rid of unwanted textbooks.


The classic option for selling anything unwanted – eBay. This is probably the most simple way to de-clutter. There is practically a market for anything – second-hand textbooks included. It is likely other students won’t want to buy a textbook new, so will scour eBay for a cheaper option. The only fee involved is a listing fee and selling fee – but you keep the lion-share of the fee.

Another option – if you are feeling charitable – is to hand your books in to a nearby charity. They will be very happy to accept them. Online sites such as BookBarn International too are often grateful to accept unwanted books. After all, this is a much better method than just merely recycling, or *shudders* sending the books to landfill.




These three options provide ways of getting rid of your unwanted textbooks. While if you are going for a full-on de-clutter, sites like Ziffit or MusicMagpie are best, eBay is arguably the best option overall, and gives you a large potential market. In any case, there are plenty of ways to get rid of your unwanted textbooks!



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