sell your books

What kind of books do we purchase?

Both shops are interested in scholarly and general used books that are gently read. For non-fiction, we like university presses that are not text books. For Fiction and Poetry, we like both classics and good contemporary authors. Classic authors such as Jane Austen, John Steinbeck, Graham Greene, Aldous Huxley, George Orwell, JD Salinger, and Virginia Woolf are always good. Contemporary authors such as Haruki Murakami, Roberto Bolano, Denis Johnson, Vladimir Nabokov, Don DeLillo, etc. are also great. We tend to stay away from "bestsellers" such as Stephen King, Dan Brown, mysteries, and the like. The books should be without markings or other condition flaws.

How much do we pay?

Both shops pay between 15% to 20% of the cover price. The specific price depends on the book, author, subject, and condition. We also offer a higher price for store credit (which can be used in either shop).

When do we buy books?

Because we often have new employees who are not trained in buying books, we ask people to call ahead to make an appointment. We usually have a book buyer available everyday at some point at both shops. We can provide you with a time frame in which to bring them in. If you have larger collections to sell (over 500), we can travel to your house to purchase them there.


cambridge: 617.441.6999

boston: 617.578.9000