Buying & Selling: Selling Books to Us
the things that makes a book magical is that it can be passed
from one person to the next, enriching the life
of each new person who finds it in
his or her hands. When you have finished with your books and are
ready to pass them on, you can make an appointment
to bring them to our shop and have
one of our experienced buyers make you an offer of cash or store
We're happy to buy a few books at a time, small collections--
or entire estates. We look for quality and our buying
process is straightforward.
We buy books by appointment.
We are only interested in books that are in excellent
If you have books
to sell, please email us at:
Pictures - just a shot of the group(s) so we can read the titles
- are especially helpful.
We are still buried in our existing backlog and trying to devote
our time to that work instead of doing in store buys. At this
time, we are not scheduling buys - with rare exceptions
including: gigantic collections, Science, Philosophy, GLBTQ+ and Nebraska Literature & History.
more information about house calls and particulars, see the
Frequently Asked Questions below - and feel free to call with
additional questions! (402) 475-8663.
Are you always buying
A steady influx of stock is the lifeblood of a good used, rare
and out-of-print bookstore.
Please Note: Since August 2010, we have been buying books
by appointment only. This has helped protect our time so that
we can maintain good customer service - and price new arrivals.
Please don't bring books that are highlighted, marked, smell
smoky or have cracked spines. Feel free to call if you have
questions - or if you'd like to bring books in. We're happy to
talk books with you, however, we'd like to avoid looking through
multiple boxes of books that aren't a good fit for our store.
Please schedule a time to bring your books in.∆
kinds of books do you buy?
We buy hardcover and
paperback books, both fiction and nonfiction. We do not buy
romances, Reader's Digest Condensed Books, magazines, or most
text books (with the exception of some math & physics texts). We
are looking for books in excellent condition.
Do you take book club
No. We make rare exceptions for hard-to-find
authors and titles. If you have questions about how to identify
book club editions, just ask.∆
What do you pay for books?
We evaluate each item based on condition, demand, and market
price. Collectables are given special attention. Because so many
things factor into a book's worth, we can't answer this question
with a number. We assure you that you will be treated honestly
happens after you evaluate my books?
an offer for you and give you a choice between cash and store
credit. The credit offer is generally about 35 percent higher
than the cash offer, depending on the books you brought in. ∆
if I would like some cash and some store credit?
do that easily. Just let us know what portion of the offer you'd
like in cash, and we'll figure out how much credit you'll have
in addition to the cash or vice versa.
Do I have to use
my credit that day?
No. We maintain credit accounts for
our customers. You may use your credit at any time on anything
in the shop. It never expires.∆
Do I have to remember to bring a credit slip in order to use my
No. We maintain your credit account in our
database so that your credit is always available to you.∆
have to pay some cash when I use my credit?
No. As long
as you have
enough credit, you can shop until you drop without paying any
Can my husband/wife/brother/sister/family friend/dog use my
Yes to all but the dog. Just let us know that
others have permission to use your account. We can easily add
them to your account as "authorized users".
Can I cash out my
No. Cash offers are only made at the
time of purchase. However, store credit is transferable. If you
are moving away from the area and no longer wish to use your
credit balance, you may give your credit to someone else in the
form of a gift certificate or an account set up in their name. ∆
Should I call ahead before bringing books in to sell?
Absolutely. We will talk with you about your books
to determine if they are a good fit for our store. If they are,
we will schedule a time for you to bring them in and an
experienced buyer will look at your books. ∆
happens if you don't want some of my books?
We can pack them and return them to you or we can put them into
our "free" boxes. Books in the "free" boxes find loving homes
with readers, students, artists and charitable organizations. We never
throw books away. If you have "returns" to pick up, we ask that
you do so within a week, as we have limited storage space.∆
What happens if I leave my books with you and forget about them?
We hope that you won't do this. However, we realize life gets
if you are moving. We make attempts to contact you over a period
of two weeks. If two weeks have passed and we cannot get in
touch with you, we set up a credit account for you. The books we
couldn't use in the shop (and did not include in the offer) go
into our "free" boxes. We also keep a record in our "no show"
file with the drop-off date and the date the books were "set
free" to avoid any confusion. If you have forgotten books at our
shop, just inquire about them the next time you stop in. ∆
If I take time to clean and prepare my books, will I get more
YES, and we will be interested in dealing with
you regularly -- especially
if you take the time to learn about our shop and the demand we
have for certain titles. ∆
you come to my house and look at my books?
are a small business it is easier for us to evaluate your books
at our store. However, we make house calls for very large
collections. It is not uncommon for us to purchase entire
Can you give me an idea of what my books are worth before I
decide to sell them to you?
If you are just looking for
information about your books, please make that clear to us. We
are happy to talk with you about your books and steer you toward
some helpful information. However, evaluating books takes time and
effort. Thank you for considering this.∆
When I bring my books to your shop, where can I park?
The alley just north of our shop is a loading zone. You may park there
with your hazard lights on. We have a cart you can use and,
unless we're short-staffed, someone from our shop will help you
bring your books inside. We will pay for your parking in the
garage across the street while we evaluate your books!∆