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Used Books

We are always interested in buying high quality used books. You get trade-in credit that can be spent on anything in the store, your old books get a chance to find a new home, and we get to keep books out of a landfill. It’s a win-win-win!

Here's what you can expect when trading in your books:


The condition of the books is important. We are always trying to improve the condition of our stock. It's the first thing we check on every book we buy. We try to only sell like new and very good books, but sometimes we make exceptions.

If we pass on your books due to their condition, it's nothing personal. At some point every book becomes too worn to be useful as a book. If this is the case we can help facilitate getting your book recycled.


Books We Can Help Find a New Home For

  • Audio Books (almost any category is fine) 
  • Business
  • Children’s Picture Books
  • Children's Beginning Readers & Chapter Books
  • Classic Literature
  • Cookbooks
  • Education and curriculum 
  • Educator professional development 
  • History
  • Homeschool 
  • Michigan Specific
  • Middle Grade and Young Adult
  • Mysteries
  • Parenting 
  • Religion
  • Nature and Gardening 
  • Romance
  • Science Fiction
  • Self-help
  • Westerns

There are dozens of other categories! If we have a section for it in our store, we probably want more of it.


Books We Cannot Help Find Homes For

  • Books in poor condition
  • Water damaged
  • Torn covers/dust jackets
  • Books with broken spines
  • Books with stains/highlighting/writing
  • Books with odor or mildew
  • Advanced Reader Copies
  • Reader’s Digest Condensed
  • Encyclopedias
  • Outdated materials such as computer manuals or travel guides 
  • Magazines

How Much Are Books Worth?


As lovers of books, we understand a book’s value is a hard thing to calculate. The trade-in credit we are able to offer will likely not reflect the book’s personal value to you. We must, however, assess the value with which we are able to sell any given used book and must consider the cost of running an indie bookstore (where books may rest on a shelf for a year or more) and paying our wonderful booksellers.


We do not pay cash for books.


Donating Your Books


Our core mission is to promote literacy in our community. One of the most effective ways we have found to do this is to support local educators. We offer you the chance to join us in supporting educators by allowing you to donate your trade-in credit to an educator. When you drop off books you can select a local educator or have us randomly selected one. Educators who have an account with us are able to use trade-in credit in conjunction with their educator discount.


Our Process


First, we have you fill out our Book Buying Customer Information form. Then, we take your books to our storage area. A professional bookseller will assess them to decide what we will and will not take. If you elected to have the trade-in credit added to your personal book buying account, we will contact you to inform you of the value in trade credit. If you selected to donate the trade-in credit we will contact the educator who is receiving the credit. Books we did not take will ether be returned to you (you have 48 hours to pick them up) or will be donated locally (usually the AAUW book sale). 

When dropping off books, we ask that you please bring them in a box (prefered), tote, or bag. Please allow time for our experienced booksellers to evaluate your books so we can make a trade in credit offer for them.  We will contact you by phone when we are done. Please call ahead if you have a large quantity!


Trade Credit

  • Your trade-in credit never expires and can be used on anything in the store.
  • You can use trade-in credit for up to half off your total purchase.
  • Trade-in credit cannot be combined with any other offers or discounts (unless you're an educator). 
  • Trade-in credit cannot be used on shipping fees.