While attending college, one may hear about buying, recycling, and selling textbooks. When you purchase a textbook, it is hoped the book will be useful and facilitate learning what you are being taught in class. When you are done with class, you might continue to keep the book as a reference for many years to come. Otherwise, if you have no use for your book any more, some options may be to:
• Give the textbook to someone.
• Save the book because it might be of some use, later.
• Sell the textbook to someone that may wish to buy it.
• Find an online textbook buyback to see if they will buy it.
• Visit your college or university bookstore during book buyback to see if you can sell it there.
The verb “sell” can have many different meanings, including the act of selling, something related to sales, or an action related to buying. To sell a product, whether for business, personal, or educational purposes, involves a transaction. A book buyer may offer a price based on the book’s ISBN number (the 10 digit number often appearing right above the barcode on the back cover), contingent on the textbook’s condition, details matching (ISBN number, author, title, edition), and a time frame. A textbook buyer may offer a certain price for a book, today, but a different price tomorrow, a week, a month, or a year from now based on the buyer’s supply/demand needs. Students that let us buy their books have to agree to their policies regarding timeliness, condition, etc., to be able to use their service.
Textbooks, college books, and informational journals that have been bound into a bundle can be bought, sold, or read. These bundles can be handmade, bound with a paper binder, or crafted out of paper, and then the cover, paper, and glue can be fastened along the book’s spine. To properly ship books requires some attention given to packaging. In the next blog installment, there may be some discussion regarding how easy it is to take books to the post office for the purpose of shipping them.