How to get money for books you no longer want

Have you ever had a book that you just didn't want anymore? Maybe it was a gift you didn't like, or perhaps you've just read it and don't see the point in keeping it around. Well, you can make money for books you no longer want easily!

In this blog post, we'll discuss how to sell your old books and get cash for them. We'll also look at how to find out if your books are rare. So whether you're looking to declutter your shelves or make a little extra money, keep reading!

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Is a small fortune sitting on your bookshelf?

Like most people, you probably have a few books lying around your house gathering dust. But did you know there's a good chance that there's money hidden in your bookshelf?

Whether it's a few pounds or hundreds, you could have a fair bit of money sitting on your bookshelf. Let's take a closer look and see if any treasures are hiding among the dust bunnies – you may just be sitting on a goldmine!

How to tell if your book is worth money

If you're an avid reader, chances are you have a few books on your shelf that you've been meaning to sell. But how do you know if your book is rare or worth money?

Well, all books are worth money, but there are a few things you can look for to help determine the value of your book:


Secondly, look at the book's condition – is it in good shape or damaged? A book in pristine condition will be worth more than one that's falling apart or damaged. Hardbacks are also worth more than paperbacks as the durability and quality are slightly better.

Author and title

Finally, research the author and title of the book. How many printings were made? Is the author well-known and popular? If your book was written by a famous author or was one of very few printings, then your book will be worth more than a standard second-hand book!

If you're not sure whether your book is rare or not, there's only one way to find out – sell it and see!

Publication date

First, check the publication date. If it's a first edition or early printing, that will likely increase the value. There are a few ways to check if your book is a first edition:

The numbers

A number line is usually present on the copyright page, such as 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 or 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9. If a 1 is present (in any sequence), it's usually a sign that the book is a first edition.

The dates

If the date on a copyright page matches the date on the title page, your copy is likely a first edition.

The edition identifier

Some publishers (but not all) will print the words' First Edition', 'First Printing', or 'First Impression' on their copyright page.

How to sell books for cash

If you're looking for a way to make some extra cash, selling books is a great option. You can easily sell books for cash online with musicMagpie. We buy all types of books, including non-fiction, fiction, textbooks and children's books

To get money for books you no longer want or need, enter the original barcode (not the barcode from a sticker) without spaces or dashes into our online valuation engine or download our FREE app to use the super fast barcode scanner for an instant price.

Next, pop your books into a secure box and send them to us for free! Then all you need to do is wait for your cash to land in your account (which should be the day we receive your books).

So what are you waiting for? Help the plant and get fast cash with musicMagpie and our books recycling deals!

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