How to Decide What Books to Keep And What Books to Sell

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Books are incredible. And no matter how advanced we get digitally, no electronic version can replicate the iconic cover art and that sweet smell found inside the enriching pages of the books. They are (and should be) part of our lives. 

However, you may not have enough space to store the books you’ve amassed since childhood. Unless, of course, you live in a vast mansion with a massive bookshelf with a secret that leads to another enormous book room. 

But you probably don’t. So until that happens, why don’t you decide what books to keep and what to sell? Here are effective ways to determine what books to keep and those to sell. 

  1. Sell Books That’s Been Adapted Into A Bad Movie 

 World War Z, for example, was a legit book until they turned it into a Hollywood movie, and it became something entirely different. It was a terrible movie. That’s the same thing that happened to the Life of Pi. The book itself has so much knowledge and wisdom for your soul and spirit.   

So if the book’s movie is not good (which most of the time is), you might want to consider selling them. Why not make extra cash selling the book, especially if you have to get more space? 

If authors don’t stand behind the sanctity of their books over the movie, why should you? Of course, you can keep the book if it’s way better than the movie. You can read it several times over to forget the movie ever existed. The choice is yours. 

  1. Sell Your Used Textbooks 

College textbooks are pretty expensive, so it’s a good idea to get a fair amount of your money back. Then, if you’re done with your courses and don’t need them again, you can sell your textbooks online or at your local bookstore. 

If you don’t want to sell them, there are numerous ways to recycle textbooks. Choose the one that works for you. You can donate them to various charities and give them to another student who urgently needs them. 

However, before you begin deciding to sell or not, always keep your book in good condition. That can determine the price you get for your book. And it’s generally not a good idea to give a book to someone in terrible condition. 

  1. Sell Your Cookbooks If You’ve Mastered The Recipes. 

Have you mastered all of Giada’s and Bobby Flay’s recipes? If so, you can sell them for a reasonable price and maybe use them to buy another cookbook. You can find numerous bookselling sites interested in cookbooks. That’s because many people are searching for great books for low prices. 

But as explained in the previous point, it’s crucial to keep the book in good condition. If it’s not in a sellable condition, you can always dash it to someone who needs the books. For example, have your friends who often eat most of their foods from a microwave or restaurant tied Giada’s recipes before? 

If not, this would be a good time for them to do so. But, wait, what happens if you forget one of the recipes? You can always do a quick check on the internet. You can also keep the recipes on your phone, so you don’t ever forget. 

  1. Pick Contemporary Over Classics 

William Shakespeare, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and many others have maintained the English Language with their iconic tales of love, romance, and friendship throughout the centuries. All of them, like Romeo and Juliet, will always have a unique place in our hearts. 

But it may be time to consider selling them since you can quote lines with ease from their work. You can make space in your home by selling them or giving them away. Decluttr and Powell’s Books are good places to start. 

  1. Recycle Magazines You’ve Not Opened For A While 

Okay, so we are aware that magazines are not books. But they can be tough to get rid of, especially if the cover is your celebrity crush. Before you know it, you’ve got six extra magazines staring at you, and you wonder what happened. We’ve all been there. 

Take the time to sort your magazines. Then you can recycle or sell the ones you haven’t opened for a while. If you have an old magazine, you could get a massive price for it. 

Did you know the Beeton’s Christmas Annual 1887 (Sherlock Holmes) cost about $156,000? Who knows, you could be the next to get that huge money. 

Final Thoughts 

Ultimately, only you can decide what to do with your books. So if you don’t know what to do, use posts as your guidelines. Now, we also know that sometimes things are not always black and white. 

You might have trouble getting rid of your textbooks, novels, or magazines. You can keep them in a box in such spaces and come back later to sort them out.

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