Information About Buying Media

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.

shipping textbooks at post office

shipping textbooks

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.


  • Jeremiah says:

    I appreciate such an informative post about shipping and selling textbooks. I hope someone can buy my textbooks. I am glad to see that finally has a blog.

  • Carol-Ann says:

    Where exactly is the ISBN number on my book? On the back cover there are 2 numbers one is bigger than th other.

  • Patrick says:

    I think either number will work. the bigger one sometimes starts with 978

  • Carol-Ann says:

    Both my numbers start with 978 and I think it is 14 digits long

  • The Slavgangijan Family says:

    The longer number is called an EAN number, and that is a 13 digit number which, using an algorithm, can be (inter)changed with the 10 digit number called an “ISBN” number.

    • David says:

      You are correct; many books have both numbers on the outside back cover. The longer (13-digit) number is an EAN number. I understand that the EAN number is being used more and more. Some textbooks only have an EAN number, other books have an ISBN number. Further, some books have been labeled with 2 (or more) ISBN numbers depending on which version you are using. For example, a bundle containing a textbook with a CD might be labeled with a different ISBN number than just the book, alone. And, both those 2 ISBN numbers may have their corresponding EAN number as well. So when you input that number into Booksintocash™, you have to make sure the description accurately matches what you are trying to sell.

  • Henry G. says:

    The ISBN number has a barcode right below it. If that ISBN number correspods with the barcode, then I will scan the book into your system to get the price. Both your prices always look good, including the “new” and “used” prices that are on your system. I always choose the used price unless my text is in perfect, pristine condition with all 4 corners intact, and the cover still shiny with the original gloss. If it looks like it did when it was published, then I go ahead and choose the new price (of course, I make sure to pack it really good so that it has a better chance of arriving in the same new condition in which I sent it).

  • The Wilson Family says:

    Nice job on your book blog. The bundled paper that is attached to the edge of the booklet always stays in good shape. I’m glad you mentioned the bundles of pages.

  • Melissa says:

    The way you have constructed your Booksintocash.Com website provides a neat option for those wishing an alternative to brick and motar book buybacks.

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