Secondhand textbooks online
Every new academic year, consider buying used textbooks and selling your old ones to save big. Read on to find which portals provide you with a huge library of used books online.
Next academic year, instead of spending loads of money on brand new textbooks, use one of these websites to order your books at a hefty discount. If the syllabus hasn’t changed, you can find books for almost every subject and stream of education possible. Entrance exams books for the toughest of the lot, including IITs and IIMs and even banking exams for the Reserve Bank of India can be bought secondhand. You can select books from the convenience of your home and await their delivery, feeling sure that you have saved ample money while buying them. Once you no longer need the book, you can also sell them back to the online store you bought them from.
Book n Buy
This is a peer-to-peer portal. You can list your old books on this website. If anyone is interested in buying them, you’ll be contacted. Once you negotiate a deal, you can then hand over the book to the buyer and settle the transaction. The search option on this website is fairly easy to navigate. The website charges no registration or commission fees.
Subjects available Chartered accountancy, engineering, IIM, IIT, law, language education, medical books, NIFT, MA, MBA, MCA, MCom, MSc, CBSE, different state board books, BA and entrance exam books for IPS, IAS, IFS, RBI and others.
Similar to Book n Buy’s model, Bookadda acts as a forum where sellers can post information regarding their old books and buyers can browse through them and pick up books which they want. Transaction takes place at a mutually decided location. This website too has no registration charges. However, the Bookadda app needs to be downloaded to use their old books feature.
Subjects available Engineering, management, business, computers, arts, humanities, law, science, medical and entrance exam books for JEE, IAS, SBI and others.
Madbooks provides a good interface for users to buy or sell old textbooks on their website. Payments can be made directly to the website in this case. Sellers have to list their books on this website and buyers can browse for books of their choice. You can also buy second-hand fiction and non-fiction books from this website for a good discount. Buyers can enjoy free home delivery at Madbooks. The website also tells you if the books is in good condition, as good as new or in poor condition.
Subjects available Architecture, engineering, business, management, computers, geography, media, journalism, advertising, medical and entrance exam books.
Friends of Books
The website does not deal only in used academic books but you can also buy various fiction and non-fiction books at a hefty discount. Discounts can run up to at times to 90% of the book’s MRP, cutting a great deal for you. If you are looking at buying in bulk, you can avail more discounts at Friends of Books. Finding specific academic books at this website is difficult; however there are plenty reference books available at good prices.
Subjects available Reference books
Much like other used book platforms like Book n Buy, Kitabguru acts as a forum between buyers and sellers. You can list your books up for sale by filling in a form, while sellers can search for book titles according to specific universities or cities in which they are available. You can find books in most metros across India including Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Kolkata and Chennai.
Subjects available Engineering, business, management, ICSE textbooks and personal management.
Rent My Text
On this online portal (currently for engineering students only), you can buy books that you want at the MRP. After you finish a semester and you no longer need the book, you can then return it back to Rent My Text and get 60% of the MRP back. Once you sign up, you can go through a list of books and select the ones you want to rent. As of now, this portal has books mainly for engineering subjects from Indian and international authors.
Subjects available Engineering