So, you want to sell us some books? Read on...

Q: What types of books do you buy?

Book categories that we buy and do not buy are listed on the bottom of this page.

We accept books in accordance with our current needs. We are selective. We want books that are clean and in very good condition, without writing or marks except for owner name. Hardcover books generally need dust jackets.

We stock most kinds of books for all ages. We are most interested in hardcover or larger paperback nonfiction, although we do acquire and sell large quantities of fiction. We prefer literary fiction to popular fiction. We limit our stock of smaller paperback stock (mass-market size) primarily to the mystery/thriller and science fiction/fantasy genres.


Q: When can I bring my books to the store? How many?

Noon to 4pm,
3 medium boxes or bags at one time (no large plastic tubs or bins).

We may not be able to review your books quickly if we are busy or if you bring in more than a dozen books at a time. In that case, we may request you to leave your books for later review by filling out out our intake form. In that form you will authorize us to proceed to try to sell any of your books that we accept, and you will promise to return within two weeks and take back any books that we decline.

If you have a particularly large collection or library for sale, please contact us to arrange a house call to review the books (if nearby).

Q: How much will you pay me?

STORE TRADE CREDIT
equal to 1/3 of our estimate of a book's resale value, up to $10.00 in credit per book (or up to $1.00 in credit for a mass market size book).

---OR---

CASH (for hardcover books ONLY) equal to 1/6 of our estimate of a book's resale value, up to $5.00 per book.

For example, a hardcover book we estimate at $9.00 resale value would mean a payment of either $3.00 store trade credit, or $1.50 cash. You can maximize your return by taking credit instead of cash for all books.

 
Q: Why won't you take all of my books?

Some books fall into categories that we don't stock, or just cannot accept.

It may be the condition of the books, or we may already have enough copies in stock. They may be books that experience has taught us will not sell quickly enough in the store for a reasonable price.

 

Q: Can I donate the books you won't take?

Please don't - we appreciate the thought, but we have limited space, and do not have time to try and find homes for books we can't use. You might consider donating to a nonprofit organization such as a local library or school, or thrift shop.

 

WE USUALLY NEED THESE TYPES OF BOOKS:
(although we can't use every book)

Architecture
Art
Classic literature (including Children's/YA)
Collectibles
History
Local interest (VA and DC)
Military
Philosophy
Prize-winning titles
Science
Trains/railroading
Travel guides from 2012 or later
Vintage (pre-1961) fiction paperbacks

 

WE CAN'T USE:

Audiobooks on tape/CDs, music CDs, DVDs
Books with highlighting or writing in them
Ex-library books
Hardcover books missing their original dustjacket
Large print books
Magazines
Yard sale or garage sale leftovers

Book Club editions of literature/fiction
"Coffee Table" photo books, especially travel books (Art books are the exception)
Computer program/application books
Diet books
Encyclopedias
Foreign language books (except dictionaries or phrase books)
Mystery/thriller hardcovers
Non-fiction small paperbacks
Political memoirs
Reader's Digest Condensed Books
Romance
Sports books
Textbooks
Time-Life, National Geographic or similar series books
Travel guides earlier than 2012
True crime
Westerns

 
Of course, we buy large quantities of many other fiction and non-fiction books. We generally do not have room to stock duplicates, and our need for particular titles or types of books fluctuates.

 

   
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