An Easy Guide to Making Money from Your Old Books

There are a ton of different ways you can make money from the old stuff lying around your house. Garage sales, Ebay, Depop… the list is endless! But did you know that you can make money off all your old books without even leaving your house? With websites like and, it’s so simple to have a clear-out and make some money off textbooks, novels, or kid’s books that nobody reads anymore. We’ll take you through the process step-by-step – it’s simple!


Step 1 – Download the App

Whether you’re using Ziffit, Webuybooks, or another online book retailer, you will most likely need to download their app. You’ll need to create an account using your email address. This will help you stay on top of your scanned books and track your progress.



Step 2 – Scan Your Books

Once you have downloaded this app from the App Store or Google Play, you can use your mobile device to start scanning the barcodes or entering the ISBN number of your books. Most of the time, you can find these on the back of your books in the bottom corner, but in older books, they can sometimes be found on the inside cover. 

When it comes to scanning your books, they might not all be worth something. Depending on the demand, you might receive notifications when you scan that certain books might not be eligible for sale. However, don’t be discouraged. Books can become popular over time as demands change, so you can try again in the future and see if the value changes.

Step 3 – Box up your Books

As you scan, put your valued books in a cardboard box. This box can be used to send your books off when you’re all finished. Make sure that the books in your basket match the ones in your box – this will ensure that you receive all the money your books are worth.


Step 4 – Send off your Books

All that’s left to do now is print off your individual postage label and attach it to your box. You can then use your app to organise a convenient time for a courier to come and pick up your books. Once your books are received, you’ll receive your payment the following day!


That’s all it takes! You can clear out your home and make some extra money, all without even having to walk past your front door. Keep checking online to see what’s popular, so you can be the first to ship your books off and make some easy money.

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