Big Book Sale

It costs just £2 to select, pack and ship a book. With your help we’ll be able to stock the shelves of thousands of libraries reaching some of the poorest communities in the world.


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If you’re like most people, you’ll read a book and then pop it on a shelf where it’s likely to stay for months, years or sometimes decades, so now’s your chance to dust off your unread old books and share them with others.

Here are some simple steps.

Collecting your books

Rummage through your bookshelves and see what you find. Ask friends and family for book donations and help to spread the word about your event.

Getting ready

Sort out what can and can’t be sold – damaged or really outdated books are unlikely to sell.

If you have a lot of books, separate them into paperback fiction, hardback fiction, paperback non-fiction and hardback non-fiction.


It’s important that you price the books at an attractive level – for instance all paperback fiction £1 or £1.50 and all hardbacks £2.

Consider having a half-price sale later in the day.

We love to hear about your stories, so don’t forget to tell us about your activities as we can feature your fundraising on our blog, Twitter or Facebook page!

To receive a fundraising pack containing posters, bookmarks and leaflets about our work, please get in touch on or call 020 7733 3577.

Sending in your money        

Once you’ve finished your sale, just let us know how much you’re donating. Cheques can be made payable to Book Aid International or contact us for our bank details.

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