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

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, Scotland ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ and Wales ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ

In addition to your unwanted academic books and textbooks, we can also collect 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.

Simply Textbook can also collect unwanted academic books from private addresses too, even if you aren’t a current or recently retired member of university staff.

This is always subject to our availability, and the complexity of collecting from your specific geographical area.

From January 2024, all non-university (staff/location) collections are subject to a minimum standard charge of ยฃ25, payable in advance.

If you have a small quantity of books for collection (below 50), please consider shipping the books to Simply Textbook via a courier service such as DPD or Royal Mail.

In more complex scenarios, a surcharge may apply over and above the standard ยฃ25 fee.

SCHOOLS – Simply Textbook is NOT currently accepting requests from schools. This is due to the significant challenges faced processing large quantities of duplicate titles in generally 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, focused on providing university staff with a fast and efficient solution for safely and reliably disposing of unwanted academic books.

Somebody somewhere would love to be reading the books that you no longer need – it is just a matter of finding them. 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 valuable life 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 people as possible. We love helping make that happen!

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Simply Textbook offers convenience and reliability

Sure, you could try to sell the books yourself. You may find is that it’s a slow and deeply 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 nobody will accept your books.

You can’t bear the thought of taking the books to your local rubbish tip, and you just want somebody to take the books off your hands and make good use of them.

Simply Textbook is your friendly, convenient and reliable solution.

Perhaps you are a Professor about to retire; or an Admin or Facilities team tasked with supervising an office clearance or building move. If you are university staff and you have books that you need to safely and easily dispose of, Simply Textbook is here to help you.

Perhaps you are a former student, or the parent of a former student, and you just need to clear your shelves of books that are gathering dust.

No longwinded form-filling, no listing out book titles or ISBN numbers, no cherry picking the best books and leaving the rest.


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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