A Brief & Fun Guide to Successfully Selling Books at The Raven

What kinds of books does The Raven Buy?

THE RAVEN SPECIALIZES IN ACADEMIC BOOKS AND BOOKS PUBLISHED BY UNIVERSITY PRESSES.

We also buy a variety of other kinds of books provided they are up-to-date and in good condition with no writing or highlighting in them.

Here are two lists that provide good examples of what we are looking for and not looking for:

YES:
history
philosophy
science
nature
social science
humanities
trade (larger sized) paperback fiction
mass market (smaller sized) mystery & science-fiction
and more…

NO:
hardcover fiction
text books
childrens’ books
computer books
romance novels
cookbooks

Is there any special time to bring books in?

The Raven purchases books by appointment only. Appointments can be made by phone. We buy books from 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Monday through Sunday.

ALL PEOPLE SELLING BOOKS MUST BRING A VALID PHOTO I.D.

How much does The Raven pay for used books?

In general, The Raven will pay between 10% and 15% of a book’s retail value in cash, or will give 20% of its retail value in store credit – though given a book’s currency, condition, desirability, etc., there can be no set rule or formula. Any books that The Raven does not buy you must take back.

How do I get in touch with The Raven?

To schedule an appointment or for any other questions, please callĀ 413-584-9868.

*Nota bene: we will never touch or look at unclean, soiled or smelly books. You will be required to bring the books into the store, though we will provide a hand truck.*