In unpacking from my recent move, I realized that I have a lot of books I’m never going to want to read again, and I’ve decided that it’s time to do some serious purging of my library. This leads to the question of the best way to dispose of the excess. The easiest thing to do, I suppose, would be to take them to one of the local used book store and exchange them for credit to buy more books. But I’m thinking of trying to sell them myself, and have been checking out my options. I’ve sold some duplicate DVDs on eBay, but I’ve been told that with books I’m better off using Amazon, so I looked into that, as well as some of the other online booksellers, like Alibris and abebooks. I thought I’d see if any Dopers have had any experience with any of them, or might have some other suggestions.
Most of what I’m probably going to have is old mysteries and science fiction, hardcovers and paperbacks, going back to the 80s, with some even earlier. I also have a bunch of advanced galley proofs which I got at book shows; I can’t sell those on Amazon, because they were not originally intended for retail sale and Amazon considers them “prohibited items”. A random search of Amazon also shows that a number of books I want to sell aren’t on their inventory, which means I’d have to sign up to be an Amazon Pro Merchant in order to write up a description myself. Depending on the number of books I end up wanting to sell, it might be worth it to avoid Amazon’s listing fees, which I think are a bit high.
So, suggestions, comments? I’m retired, so I do have the time to spend setting up inventory and monitoring online sales. I might also start selling other stuff (I have some old computer games and equipment, and I’m considering culling my CD collection too).