I go all the way to winterhold to sell books. I ugh, stole a lot of books.

No merchants are willing to buy it.

So I should just drop the books?

  • Book only useful for reading Lore / alchemy Dec 18, 2016 at 10:19
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    The problem is that they’re stolen. Lots of merchants buy books. Dec 18, 2016 at 23:41

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There are a few ways you can sell books:

  1. Urag at the College of Winterhold (which you already know about).
  2. Selling books to a fence (requires some progress in the Thieves' Guild questline - fences will buy anything, even if it's stolen).
  3. Getting the Merchant and Fence perks in the Speech tree. Merchant allows you to sell any item to any merchant. Fence allows you to even sell stolen items to merchants that aren't normally fences.
  • Just curious. How the hell those merchant knows the books are stolen anyway?
    – user4951
    May 20, 2020 at 9:29
  • Looks like fences won't buy most books. I have a stolen "Song of the Alchemists", but Tonilia won't buy it.
    – eiglow_
    Apr 12, 2022 at 2:13

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