Give your unwanted academic books a new lease of life! ๐Ÿ“š

Simply Textbook collects unused and unwanted academic books and finds them a new home – NEVER in landfill ๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿš›โ™ป๏ธ

Are you feeling “fully booked”? Could you use a little “shelf help”?

Give your unwanted academic books a new lease of life! ๐Ÿ“š

Primarily aimed at university staff, collections are offered FREE of charge to serving and recently retired staff members at universities in England ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ and Wales ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ

In addition to your unwanted academic books and textbooks, Simply Textbook also collects ANY published books with an ISBN. That’s academic and non-academic. Fiction and non-fiction. Any subject, genre, age, condition, language. If it is a published book with an ISBN, Simply Textbook collects it. No picking and choosing takes place.

Simply Textbook works tirelessly to find your unwanted academic books a new home or purpose, operating a very strict zero-landfill policy. In a worst case scenario where all other options have been exhausted, a book truly at the end of its useful lifecycle is responsibly recycled.

Collections can also be arranged from private addresses too, even if you aren’t a current or recently retired member of university staff.

This is always subject to our schedule and availability, the logistical practicality of collecting from your location, and the quantity of books you have for collection.

All non-university (staff/location) collections are subject to a standard minimum charge of ยฃ25 (per visit), payable in advance. This charge is irrespective of location and quantity of books.

If you have a smaller quantity of books for collection (below 50), please consider purchasing shipping via a courier service such as DPD or Royal Mail.

SCOTLAND ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ – Simply Textbook has taken the very reluctant decision to discontinue offering collections in Scotland as from April 2024. Being based in the south of England, the high fuel/hotel/van costs, along with the time and mileages involved has become economically, logistically and environmentally unsustainable. This decision has not been taken lightly, and may be reviewed at a later date. If you’re happy covering the cost, you are welcome to send books down via courier – please get in touch for further details.

SCHOOLS – Simply Textbook is NOT currently accepting requests from schools. This is due to significant challenges processing large quantities of duplicate titles in generally average-poor resale condition, while maintaining a strict zero-landfill policy.

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Are your unwanted academic books gathering dust on the shelf?

Simply Textbook was established in 2017, with a clear focus on providing university staff a fast and efficient solution for safely and reliably disposing of unwanted academic books.

The unfortunate reality for many books is that they will be read once, and then left to languish on a shelf forever more.

Somebody somewhere would love to be reading those books that you no longer need or read – it is just a matter of finding that somebody! You could call it ‘matchmaking for books’! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ“š

Simply Textbook does all that hard work of finding a new home or purpose for the books. This is typically through a combination of online sale to the public at the most competitive market prices, redistribution to trade buyers, and direct donations to Oxfam.

Worst case scenario, any books truly at the end of their useful lifecycle are recycled, and NEVER end up in landfill. Simply Textbook operates a strict ZERO LANDFILL policy.

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Simply Textbook loves books, and believes that good books should be read more than once, by as many readers as possible. It truly is a pleasure to help make that happen!

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Simply Textbook offers convenience and reliability

If you are downsizing, you may be stuck for ideas on how to safely and responsibly dispose of the books that you no longer wish to keep, or have space to keep.

As book lovers, we grow emotionally attached to our books, and parting with them can be quite a painful process. Above all else, we want to know that they will be looked after.

Sure, you could try to sell the books yourself. As any online seller will testify, you may find that it can be a slow and frustrating process. No guarantees that you will sell everything, or maybe not for the prices you imagined.

You could try every charity shop in town, only to find that none of them will accept your donation.

You can’t bear even to imagine the thought of taking the books to your local rubbish tip. (Luckily enough, your local rubbish tip don’t really want to see your books either).

You just want somebody to take the books off your hands and find good use for them.

Simply Textbook is your friendly, convenient and reliable solution.

No picking and choosing, no complication. Just a straightforward service designed to help you and to help the books that you wish to find a new home for.


Though Simply Textbook is not itself a registered charity, charitable donation is very important to us. We give as generously as we can to charity, both in terms of good quality books, and cash donations.

Our chosen causes are Oxfam for book donations; and childrenโ€™s literacy for cash donations – we are very proud to support Coram Beanstalk. This is a brilliant UK charity that provides one to one support to children and young people in the UK who struggle most with their reading and writing. An incredibly worthy cause.

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