Selling Used Books

COVID update

Due to health and safety concerns, we are not currently taking used books. We hope to resume in the coming months. [Updated 2-1-21]

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We Buy Used Books!

At Point Reyes Books, good used books are our lifeblood. We buy gently used books in most subject areas for store credit.


When do you buy books? 

Point Reyes Books buys books on weekdays (not on weekends), during business hours. 

What do you buy? 

We are selective about condition and buy books based on supply and demand: if we think people want to read it, and we don’t have it, we’ll consider buying it.  

What don't you buy?

We don't hardback fiction, books that are underlined or highlighted, books that are out-of-date (lcomputer books, out-of-date travel guides, business books, etc.) 

How much do you pay for used books? 

Our basic formula is one-third of the price that we will eventually sell the book for, which is generally 50 percent of the cover price.   

Do you pay in cash or in trade?

We only pay in trade, which can be applied to any new or used books in the store. Store credit cannot be applied to newspapers, magazines, journals, cards, broadsides, T-shirts, or other non-book merchandise. We keep track of your credit through our store computer. 
Are you willing to visit homes where there are estates or large collections of books?

If there is a large collection of books and we think we will be interested a large volume of them, we are willing to make a house call.

Will you take the books that neither of us needs?

Due to limited spaces, we ask customers to take with them the books we do not buy.