What to Do With Your Old Books? Here are 10 Ways to Dispose Of Unwanted Books

Finally getting rid of old books from your collection? Disposing of old books doesn't have to mean chucking them in the bin. There are so many ways you can give your unwanted reads a second life or if they're looking a little worse for wear, we've got just the trick.

Keep reading for 10 handy tips on how to get rid of old books easily and responsibly!

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Reselling books online

You may have fallen out of love with your old books, but selling them means letting others enjoy them again and again. With the internet at your fingertips, there's no need to leave the house to sell unwanted books. 

Here at musicMagpie, we'll give you an instant price when you sell books with us and you can send them for FREE. From children's books to old textbooks, you'll get paid fast and we're sure you'll make someone very happy.

Recycle old books

Wondering are books recyclable? Yes, they are! If your books aren't in the best condition to resell then recycle them instead. If you're not sure where then head down to your local recycling centre to make sure they are recycled responsibly.

Charity shops will gladly take your second-hand books collection as long as they're in decent condition. A lot of book lovers search charity shops for bargains and at the end of the day, you can rest assured it's going to a good cause. So next time you're going down the high street, don't forget to take your old books with you and donate them!

Book swap

Swapping books is an easy way to find your unwanted books in a new home. Organise a book swap with your fellow bookworms. Gather your friends, family, or maybe even your work colleagues and give your collection a revamp. It won't cost you a penny and it's a great way to read different genres – you may even find a new favourite!

Your local library is one of the best places to donate and you know your old books will be cared for, but be mindful that they do receive a lot of donations. It doesn't hurt to pop in and ask which type of books they're looking for at the moment.

Upcycle books

Not sure where to get rid of books that are severely damaged? Well, if you fancy a bit of arts and crafts, you can upcycle your books to make all sorts of things from artwork to a book safe. Repurposing them is a great way to get creative with your tired and weathered books.

Regift books

Got a relative's birthday coming up or know a friend looking to refresh their book collection? Give away books to your loved ones as gifts but make sure they're in pretty good condition, no one wants a book that has coffee stains on it or missing pages!

If you're not sure what to do with old textbooks, why not donate them to local schools or colleges? Find a use for them again and let's be honest, brand new textbooks can work out pretty expensive so you'll really be helping out.

Give away books to retirement homes

Ever heard of one man's trash is another man's treasure? You may be tired of your old books but that doesn't mean other people won't want them. Donating your collection to the local retirement home is another great way to dispose of your old books without them going to waste.

Sell unwanted books

There are other places to sell books than just online. A car boot sale is always an option or a second-hand book shop. Just make sure that if you're selling your books they're in the best condition possible as you'll get more money for them.

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