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Cash for Books

Book Emporium offers FREE SHIPPING and the best prices on textbooks, study guides and lab manuals. Payment is sent within 72 hours. When you want to sell, we want to buy, 24/7 all year round. Enter your books and get paid now! NOTE: We cannot buy books from countries outside the United States.

Cash for Books Help and Policies

  1. How do I sell my books?
  2. What is an ISBN?
  3. Will you accept books in any condition?
  4. Will you buy study guides, lab manuals or law books?
  5. What do you do with unacceptable books? Are they returned?
  6. Do you buy international/review/instructor's editions?
  7. Do I have to send the CD/Cassette that came with the book?
  8. How do you determine prices for books?
  9. Who pays for shipping?
  10. Is my package insured?
  11. What paperwork do I need to include in my package?
  12. How soon will I get paid?
  13. Do you accept books from outside the United States?
  14. What if I have larger quantities of books?
  15. What is the best way to pack my box of books?
  16. Cash For Books Bonus Bucks
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  1. How do I sell my books?
    • Enter the ISBN of the book you wish to sell into the "Cash for Books" box.
    • Please ensure you have searched each title by its ISBN located on the back or inside cover of the book. This ISBN is the basis for our pricing database. Compare the title listing carefully to ensure the numbers match.
    • Make sure that your book is not an annotated instructor's edition, free copy or international edition of the textbook. We cannot buy these books back at this time.
    • Add the book to your Cash for Books Cart and continue adding additional books until you are finished.
    • Review the contents of your Cash for Books Cart and proceed to the Checkout to finalize your buyback.
    • Print the Cash for Books List and Pre-paid Shipping Label.
    • Pack all of the books in a box along with the Cash for Books list.
    • Take the box to the post office.
    • Once the box arrives at our facilities, we will process the books and send payment within 72 hours.
  2. What is an ISBN?

    International Standard Book Numbers (ISBN's) are 10-digit or 13-digit codes used by the publishing industry to uniquely identify individual book titles and editions. Some 10-digit ISBNs may end with an "X" instead of a digit. The ISBN is found:

    • Above the barcode on the back cover of a book.
    • On the inside-front cover of paperbacks.
    • On the copyright page of the book with the other publishing information.

    ISBN-10 Barcode ISBN-13 Barcode
  3. Will you accept books in any condition?

    Books with minor damage may be accepted, but at a reduced price depending on the severirty of the damage, on a book by book basis.

    Books having the following conditions will not be accepted:

    • Split bindings
    • Missing or severely damaged covers
    • Missing pages or pages that are falling out
    • Pages sticking to one another
    • Water damage (i.e., rippled pages or liquid stains)
    • Highlighting, underlining or margin notes on more than 25% of the pages.
  4. Will you buy study guides, lab manuals or law books?

    Yes, if they are in good, resellable condition. Study guides, lab manuals and other fill-in type books must be clean and not have any answers written in them. Law books must be clean and cannot have any writing, highlighting or underlining.

  5. What do you do with unacceptable books? Are they returned?

    We will attempt to notify you by e-mail if we are unable to buy your book. If you want your book returned, we will ask you to mail us a personal check or money order for the shipping cost. This varies for each order depending on the weight of the books. Once we receive your payment, we will mail the book back to you. If we do not hear back from you or receive payment after 10 days, the book(s) will be recycled.

  6. Do you buy international/review/instructor's editions?

    No, we will not accept any international/review/instructor's editions. They will either be returned according to the policy above or recycled.

  7. Do I have to send the DVD/CD/Cassette that came with the book?

    Yes, if the Cash for Books system lists a book as containing a DVD, CD, or cassette, the book must be returned with the original DVD, CD, or cassette. Books lacking the appropriate DVD, CD, or cassette will be considered unacceptable and will not be credited toward the buyback.

  8. How do you determine prices for books?

    The book's resale value as well as the number of copies already in stock determines the buyback price. A book's future resale value is based on demand (e.g., whether the book is expected to be used in college courses on other campuses).

  9. Who pays for shipping?

    We do, if you use our pre-paid shipping label through the US Postal Service. Book Emporium provides the shipping cost for you for Media Mail Shipping Only. Shipping is only pre-paid with the U.S. Postal Service. If you prefer to ship via USPS Priority Mail, UPS or another carrier, you are responsible for the shipping expenses. Please Note: Your package must be postmarked within seven (7) days from the date you submit your buyback. If the postmark is later than seven days, the prices quoted online cannot be guaranteed.

  10. Is my package insured?

    No, our prepaid mailing label is for USPS Media Mail only. If you would like to insure your package or receive a delivery confirmation you may do so at your own expense. However, please be aware that you will also have to pay for shipping if you chose to purchase these services. The USPS will not allow the use of our prepaid postage label when you purchase additional services. We are NOT responsible for books lost in transit.

  11. What paperwork do I need to include in my package?

    Please enclose the Cash for Books List with your package of books.

  12. How soon will I get paid?

    When Book Emporium receives your books, the books' condition will be examined (see Acceptable Book Conditions above) and a check will be mailed to you within 72 hours.

  13. Do you accept books from outside the United States?

    No, currently we can only purchase books within the United States.

  14. What if I have larger quantities of books?

    If you have books that total more than $1,000 or if you have more than 10 copies of the same book, please contact us by e-mail at bbuyback at bookemporium.com for authorization.

  15. What is the best way to pack my box of books?

    Pack your books tightly in a heavy duty shipping carton. If you have a single title, mail it in a padded envelope. Secure all remaining open areas of the box, including the top, with ample packing material. We suggest bubble wrap, newspaper or some other secure packing material. PLEASE DO NOT USE STYROFOAM PEANUTS!

    Include a copy of the packing list in the box before sealing. Seal the box thoroughly with heavy duty shipping tape. Please use shipping tape and not masking or scotch tape. Securely affix the provided shipping label to the top of the box.

  16. Cash For Books Bonus Bucks

    When you sell your books to BookEmporium.com, we'll give you even more money!

    Here's an example:

    • Sell at least $50 worth of textbooks to Book Emporium and receive an extra $5
    • Sell at least $100 worth of textbooks to Book Emporium and receive an extra $10
    • Sell at least $150 worth of textbooks to Book Emporium and receive an extra $15
    • Sell at least $200 worth of textbooks to Book Emporium and receive an extra $20
    • and so on...

    All offers are subject to approval and the textbooks being in resaleable condition.

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