Frequent Questions

Q: Can I get cash for my books?

A: Sorry, no. We only issue store credit. Please see the guidelines – here.

Q: Do you buy college textbooks?

A: No. They do not hold their value because new editions are published often.

Q: Do you buy old magazines?

A: No.

Q: Why do you need my driver's license or state issued ID when I trade in books?

A: For bookkeeping and tax purposes.

Q: My books are worth more than this, why won’t you give me what they are worth?

A: The truth is, at Paperback Shack, we strive to give the most credit possible for each title. If at any time you disagree with the amount of credit being offered, you may take all of your books back with no hard feelings from us.

Q: What if I don’t want any money for my books and I just want to donate them to you?

A: We appreciate donations because they keep the bookstore dream alive. Please understand, we won’t always be able to use your donated books. The books we can’t use, we donate to local charities. We recycle poor condition books.

We sort through donated books at our convenience (which is usually after the store closes).

Q: But I have all of these books and you won’t take them, what should I do with them?

A: Hey, we understand, Great Aunt Alma had to be moved to a nursing home and you had no idea she had all of these books and you just want to get rid of them. If we can’t use them, but they’re in great condition, please consider donating to one of the many worthy local charities. Or, if they don’t meet our condition guidelines, please consider recycling them at one of the Trumbull County Recycling Drop Off Sites. Go to our Recycling Page for a list of recycling centers within 5 miles of Paperback Shack.