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The literal meaning is:
This expression is build around “vaut” from the verb “valoir” which has a meaning of “value“. So when something “Vaut le coup” (Worth the trouble) it means that it has enough value to justify spending some time and energy on it.
If it’s not interesting enough a.k.a. it has not enough “value” then it’s not worth it: “Ça ne vaut pas le coup.“
Someone asks you if what you are reading is interesting and the book disappointed you: “Non, ça ne vaut le coup.” (No, it’s not worth it.) But if you liked it and want to recommend it, you can say: “Oui, ça vaut le coup.”
N.B. the “Oui” and “Non” before the expression are optional, but we tend to use them to make our sentence more clear.
Sometimes, you need to be more precise about what is or isn’t worth it. In this case, add an infinitive verb right after the expression: “Non, ça ne vaut pas le coup d’essayer.” (No, it’s not worth trying)