They are to me. I have found many gems from looking for used books in library sales, garage sales, and thrift stores. Now when someone offers me a pile of dusty old books for $5, my eyes light up like a kid's on Christmas morning. My "pile of duties" might be full of treasure! In fact, I can't tell you how many times I have bought books that were old but still in good condition only to find out later that they are worth a lot of money.
When should you buy a used book?
If you like it and the price is right, get it!
That's what I do. Sometimes, instead of buying new books that cost $12-30 each, I buy my favorite story online or at a library sale for only $0.50-$1.00 (or even free!). When I give used books to charity thrift stores or libraries, they are happy to get them–and so am I!
It makes me feel good knowing that someone else will enjoy a book that has been enjoyed by many before me and might connect with its message in some way.
Where to donate the used books you no longer need?
1. Public library.
Donating books to the public library might be one of the best ways to help others. It's a way to share knowledge–and make room for new ones!
2. Charity thrift store.
Local charity thrift stores, such as Goodwill, will be happy to take the books off your hands. Talk to your local charity thrift store. I think charities deserve your used books—they're doing good for society!
3. Homeless shelter.
Why not? You never know—the book you donate might be all someone needs to make the world a better place for humanity.
To help the homeless, donate clothes, books, and items to take care of themselves. Even something small that you don't need can bring a lot of joy to others in need! Who knows what might happen by giving something seemingly worthless?
4. School library.
There are so many kids, teens, and adults who would love to read a good book! If you don't have time or space to store the books you no longer need at home, donate them to a school that benefits people in need. You might be surprised by how appreciative school librarians and teachers will be of your used books.
5. Friends and family.
Sometimes, someone else might need or want a used book more than you do. So share your book with them! If you are lucky enough to know many people who love books as much as you do, this will be easy for you—of course!
Giving a used book to others is a good way to pass on the torch of knowledge from generation to generation. What better legacy could you leave behind?
You can even write your favorite passages on the front cover as you pass this treasured thing on down to another generation!
There are a lot of people who deserve rehabilitation after having made mistakes in their younger years. I have learned that it is good to forgive and forget. So perhaps being able to read positive messages from books can help them to see what they can do differently in the future!
7. Children's home.
Do you have books for children? Donating them to an orphanage or children's home might be a good way to help these little ones.
You never know what good might come from sharing your books with children in need of a good story!
Where can you sell your used books?
1. Your local indie used bookstores.
If you're lucky enough to have a used bookstore in your area, they may want to buy the books you no longer want. If you like having face-to-face interactions with fellow book lovers, this might be a good way for you to sell your used books—and support local businesses.
2. Garage sale.
Selling used books at a garage sale, or neighborhood yard sale is another way to pass on your favorite stories.
One thing to keep in mind: don't sell any books that might cause any harm if they are misused or misunderstood by others.
3. Online used book site.
There are different websites where you can sell your used books.
You can try eBay if you have only a few books to sell.
If you have hundreds of books, you can check out Abebooks or Biblio.
No, unfortunately, AddALL is a book search site to help you find new and used books from other bookstores, but not a used book marketplace. AddALL.com does not have the merchant technology and expertise for users to sell their used books here.