Selling Your Textbooks
Each semester we buy back textbooks to give you extra cash and to provide a larger used book selection for next semester. Book buyback allows you to save more money on textbook costs and provides you with money for books you no longer want.
The UNI Bookstore buys year-round with the last week of each fall and spring semester and 2-3 days at the conclusion of summer session as the prime time.
Reasons affecting the price offered for your book...
1. Condition of the book.
2. Bookstore is overstocked.
3. Instructor has chosen to use book.
4. National demand for book.
5. New edition has been published.
6. Instructor will not use book or is undecided.
1. Where can I sell my books?
Throughout the year, we will buy back textbooks. During the last week of each semester, we set up a special location in the lower level at the back of the store. Please watch for signs upon entering store.
2. Which books will you buy?
Any textbook, even if bought at another store, is potentially eligible for buyback. Textbooks coming out in a new edition, cannot be bought back unless the professor has specified the older edition. Study and lab materials and certain texts with software are generally not eligible for buyback. Texts with missing pages or excessive damage will also not be bought back.
3. How much are my books worth?
During the last week of the semester, if your textbook has been chosen by a UNI instructor for the upcoming semester and meets the above criteria, you will get up to 50% of the new price regardless of whether you bought the book new or used. This price will be affected, though, by class size and market value. Once we become overstocked for our upcoming semester, the national wholesale price will be offered.
Buy back of texts not chosen by UNI professors will be quoted at a national wholesale company value for your books. Generally, their pricing is 25% or less of the original price of the textbook.
4. Why are books not used locally worth less?
Texts which are not going to be used on the UNI campus are bought for national book wholesalers for the national market. The wholesaler ships, warehouses, and markets these books to other stores. We pay students the amount a wholesaler will pay us for these books.