Book Trade Policy

We have NEVER and will NEVER give cash for book trades.

Important Information about STORE CREDIT

We accept book trades based on Paperback Shack’s current title needs. You can bring UP TO 20 books per household per day (if you have more books than this an appointment is required). We give store credit for your gently used books. The most store credit is offered for books published for the first time in the last 6 MONTHS by well-known/bestselling authors that are in “like new” condition. We’re also interested in good stories, “very good”, and “good” condition paperbacks. We do take hardcovers that we think we might be able to sell. Right now that seems to be new fiction, science fiction, fantasy, and horror hardcovers only. Determining the value of books isn’t an exact science, but we always consider condition, supply, and demand when making an offer.

**We reserve the right to refuse any book for any reason.**

Book trades

Books we are looking for:

  • Fiction Released in the Last 6 Months
  • Trade Paperback Sized Paperbacks (They’ re roughly 8 inches by 6 inches)
  • Mystery
  • Thriller
  • Cozy Mystery
  • Sci-Fi
  • Fantasy
  • Dungeons and Dragons Game Books
  • Manga
  • Romance
  • Erotica
  • General Fiction
  • Paranormal
  • Horror
  • Western
  • YA (12 years of age and up)

Books we do not accept for trade:

  • Textbooks
  • Encyclopedias
  • Religious/Spiritual Books
  • Christian Romance
  • Comic Books
  • Children’s Books
  • Non-Fiction (true crime, cookbooks, biography, history, self-help, medical, political, reference, etc.).


You may use your store credit toward 50% of the total purchase of used books.

The remaining balance must be paid for by cash or credit card.

Tax cannot be paid for with store credit.

For more information, please see our F.A.Q. page.


*We do NOT give cash for books.*


6058 Youngstown Warren Rd
Niles, Ohio 44446

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