Dec 28, 2018

The booming trade in second-hand books

"Things like Ladybird books, lovely old-fashioned or collectible children's books - in the past people weren't really interested. If they remembered books from their childhood the chances of finding it in a bookshop near them would have been nil." Now there is also money to be made from the kind of books that used to gather dust in the corner of charity shops: the thrillers, romances, celebrity biographies, and dog-eared children's books. World of Books started when its founders noticed surplus books being chucked out of a charity shop, destined for landfill. "The majority of books we buy and sell are the everyday books people have on their shelves," says Ben Wadsworth, the firm's marketing manager. Now firms like WeBuyBooks and World of Books are offering book owners the chance to sell their used books to them, using specially designed apps.

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