Used Book Buying


The Reader's Loft is a new and used bookstore proud to offer a used book buying program to our customers. 

Here's how it works:

Bring us your gently used books to receive trade credit. Considering we are a general bookstore, we have a little bit of everything on our shelves,  but that does not mean we take everything that comes through the door.  Please don't be offended if we turn down some of your offerings, and please note that we do offer the option to donated unprocessed books to local charities.  

The math:

For every book purchased, we mark the book at (about) half of the new book price and pay 25% of the used book price to the seller in trade credit.  For example; if a book's list price is 15.95 and is presented in very good condition, the used price will be marked at 8.00 and the seller will receive 2.00 in trade credit. 

A general overview of the standard used book condition guide and terms:

As New:  The book is in the same immaculate condition as when it was published.  This could be the description for a book that has been lost in a warehouse for years, never shelved, thumbed or even opened yet may still be some years old.

Fine (F or FN): A Fine book approaches the condition of As New, but without being crisp.  The book may have been opened and read, but there are no defects to the book, jacket or pages. 

Very Good (VG): Describes a book that shows some small signs of wear - but no tears, stickers, highlighting or notations - on either dust jacket, binding or paper.

Good (G): Describes the average used worn book that has all pages or leaves present. 

Fair: Worn book that has complete text pages (including those with maps or plates) but may lack endpapers, half-title, etc. (which must be noted). Binding, jacket (if any), etc., may also be worn. All defects should be noted.

Poor: Describes a book that is sufficiently worn.  Any missing maps or plates should still be noted. This copy may be soiled, scuffed, stained or spotted and may have loose joints, hinges, pages, etc.

Binding Copy: describes a book in which the pages or leaves are perfect but the binding is very bad, loose, off, or nonexistent.

Reading Copy: A copy usually in poor to fair condition that includes all text presented in a legible fashion.  The copy is fine to read but nothing more.


We have also found over the years that you, our customers, prefer paperback used books to hardcover. That being said, we do like to look at all used books, but will most likely turn away hardcover books if they are already out in paperback - unless they have some obvious collectible value - such as a hot book club title or award winner.

What makes a book collectible?

  • Limited supply - when everyone wants a copy but there is virtually no way to get one. Think the beginning days of Fire & Fury.
  • First editions - publishers tend to publish new authors in low numbers the first time around, which makes that first printing all the more collectible.  
  • Signed copies 
  • Age - just because a book is old doesn't mean it's collectible. Professional booksellers and collectors typically look at two factors for determining the rarity of a book: the number of copies available, and the number of potential buyers that might exist. The number of copies of a book that are in existence is the most solid determinant of rarity.

As we stated earlier, we do not take all books offered and have compiled a list of examples to help you further curate your collection before lugging it down to the store.

  • Encyclopedia
  • Magazines
  • Dated business books
  • Dated health materials
  • Dated political books
  • Computer manuals

Finally, because we have limited storeroom space, we ask that you bring one bag or box at a time. It is very rare that we have the opportunity to go through your books while you wait but do get back to you within 1-5 days.