About half of our stock is new books; the remaining half is split between used and bargain books. You'll find these discounted items throughout the store mixed together on our shelves alongside the new books. Used books are identified by a green dot on the spine and a green price sticker on the cover. Bargain books will have a yellow dot on the spine and a yellow price sticker on the cover.
We buy used books everyday from noon till 6:00 pm at the counter on the lowest level of our store. Books can also be dropped off at the used book counter anytime our store is open. We'll take your name and phone number and call when we've assessed your books. Please note we have a maximum amount of three bags or three small boxes that we will accept per visit.
In making our selection, condition is of primary importance, as well as how current the book is, and what our stock level looks like. Our needs can change almost daily, and it is necessary for us to physically see a book before we'll consider buying it. We do not accept books with writing or highlighting, books with broken spines or pages falling out, books with water or sun damage, or books with stains, rips, or odors.
These are the types of books we do not accept: book club editions (smaller, cheaper hardcovers), books without their dust jackets (if they're originally sold with a dust jacket), ARCs (Advance Readers Copies), out of date reference books (including old travel guides), magazines, encyclopedias, textbooks, or ex-library books. We also do not accept DVDs or CDs.
Once we determine what we can use, and how it will be priced, the seller will receive fifty percent of our price in the form of a Village Books/Paper Dreams credit gift card. Sellers also have the option of leaving the books we can't use for the Friends of the Library, who pick up donations daily.
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