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Online Book Sales

Looking to upgrade from your normal library book sale? Check out some of these online e-sellers to sell your gently used donations or weeded materials:


Book seller General Info Fees and Commission
  • Insertion fee—Free for up to 50 auction-style listings per month; $0.35 per item or $0.99+ for “buy it now” listings
  • Final (Closing) Fee: 12% (maximum fee $750)


  • Specializes in rare & out-of-print books, partnership with independent booksellers
  • Sellers must maintain an inventory of at least 200 titles at all times
  • Sellers must process orders within 3 business days
  • 12% commission + payment processing fee ($40 max/$0.25 min), no monthly listing fee


  • 8% commission + payment processing fee, flat monthly fee based on the number of books listed (fee is $10/month for 0-10,000 listings). If no orders are placed in a month, seller will receive a rebate of monthly fees that can be used to purchase books on Biblio.
Better World Books


  • Libraries collect and package weeded or donated books to send to Better World Books
  • They sell “sellable” books on 23 different online markets
  • Anything they can’t sell is recycled
  • No contracts or service agreements unless requested
  • No fees or commission from Better World Books
  • Libraries get paid a percentage commission based on sale price of their materials—commission is paid to libraries quarterly (rolls over to next quarter if less than $50.00)
  • Shipping fees are covered by Better World Books upfront.
  • Sellers’ items appear in website product listings along with Amazon’s listing
  • Only items that match an existing listing in Amazon’s product catalog can be sold on Amazon Marketplace.
  • Sellers are notified by email when an item sells & the order is posted to your seller account
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  • No subscription fee
  • Referral Fee (Commission)—15% for books, music, video & DVD
  • Variable closing fee: $1.35 per item for books/video; $0.80 per item for music
  • Fixed Fee: $0.99 per item
  • Closing Fee: $1.80




  • Items are listed on Alibris and its partner sites—Barnes & Noble, Amazon, ebay, Half, Books-a-Million, etc.
  • Seller enters an ISBN or UPC, the item’s condition, and selling price; the Alibris catalog system fills in the rest of the listing info
  • Application Fee: $19.99
  • Subscription: $19.99 annual fee plus $1.00/item
  • Commission: 15% commission on each item sold ($0.50 minimum, $60.00 maximum)
    • Commission is 20% or 15% + $0.25 (whichever is greater) if your item sells on one of their affiliate sites
  • Closing Fee: Assessed on the cost of shipping (not assessed if the item is shipped to the Alibris processing center) $1.60 standard shipping


  • Subscription fee: Based on the amount of books listed
    • 0-500 books, subscription fee is $25.00/month (whether you sell anything or not)
  • Commission: 8% on the total item amount for each item sold
  • Payment service fee: If the seller has set up to accept credit card payments through AbeBooks, there is a payment service fee of 5.5% of the total item amount
AbeBooks Book BuyBack Program
  • Can sell just a few things at a time to AbeBooks, rather than setting yourself up as a seller
  • Enter ISBN, title, etc. to match your item to a listing in their catalog; their site will tell you how much they’ll pay you for the item
  • Accept buyback price, add to cart, and choose how you want to be paid
    • Options are by check or to a PayPal account
  • The site generates a shipping label for you to print out—they pay the shipping

“It Came From a Book” Teen Art Contest


The Library as Incubator Project is once again hosting the “It Came From a Book” art contest for teens. This year the contest is sponsored by Teen Librarian Toolbox, EgmontUSA, and Zest Books.

It’s easy to enter – read a book and create a piece of art based on the story, then submit an image of your piece by November 1. All types of art work are eligible, so encourage your teens to participate!

Have you hosted any art, book-inspired or otherwise, in your library? Share your stories in the comments!

“It Came From a Book” Art Contest for Teens

It Came From a Book
Do you have artistic teen patrons? Teens at your library can enter the 2nd annual “It Came From a Book” Teen Art Contest, sponsored by The Library as Incubator Project, Teen Librarian Toolbox, EgmontUSA, and Zest Books.

Entering is easy: Read any book and create a piece of art inspired by the story. All types of artwork are eligible, simply email a photo or scan of your piece. For all the details, be sure to read the full submission guidelines. You could win a $50 Amazon gift card, books from EgmontUSA and Zest books, and swag from The Library as Incubator project. The deadline to enter is midnight on November 1, 2013. Print their poster for easy promotion in your library and community!

colored pencils

This would be a very easy program to run in your own library as well – either in conjunction with this contest or separately. You already have plenty of inspiring books! You’d only need to supply display space, a judge, and a prize. Displaying art work in the library would be a great way to bring in community members who might not otherwise visit the library, and you could increase circulation by creating displays of the books that inspired the art, along with your non-fiction art books. You could partner with local artists or the school’s art teacher to judge the entries.

Have you had an art show at your library? How did it go? Share your stories in the comments!