peace. love. used books.

I own a few books. Okay. More than a few. Okay. I own a lot of books. But . . .

I buy them cheap! Really! I hardly EVER pay retail! Here are my favorite (searchable) online sources:
I always check here first. is a subsidiary of ebay, so I earn (so far) positive feedback as an ebay member from transactions. If you have an ebay account, you still have to register for a account – although you can use the same username and password for both. has a pretty hefty inventory and great prices – often lower than Amazon, which is my second choice. It’s a GREAT online book source! Tell all your friends!

I also sell books on Sold one yesterday, actually. Unlike selling on ebay, listing an item for sale on doesn’t cost anything (no listing fees), but they charge a (higher than ebay) commission on each sale. (I think right now it’s 20% of the sale.) Unlike ebay and Amazon, listings don’t expire. Also, if you list items for sale, you automatically have an online store, like me. Like Amazon, they charge the buyer a flat shipping fee and you pay for shipping. Currently, the standard shipping fee is $3.49 per item. You decide if you want to offer expedited shipping. If so, and the buyer chooses it, charges the buyer a higher shipping fee. If you can ship for under the amount they charged the buyer, you keep the difference. If shipping costs more than charged the buyer, you make up the difference. Most of the time, I come out ahead, so that helps cover the commission fee.
I do buy books from ebay also, if the price and shipping are right. I just bought Cold Sassy Tree two days ago. It was recommended by Lisa Writes and I finally got around to reading it. I liked the ending so much I decided to add it to my collection because I think I’ll be reading it again in the future. It kind of reminds me of Will Campbells’ writing and theology. (Most of the books I buy are non-fiction. I keep most of my fiction books at the library, so when I actually BUY a fiction book – I really like it.) Thanks for the referral, Lisa!
No matter where I buy my books, I usually go to to see user reviews and to take advantage of the “Search Inside” feature offered on many of the listings. I rarely buy new books from I usually buy used books from Amazon independent resellers by clicking on the “used & new available from . . . ” link on a product page. The shipping works largely the same as Currently, the standard Amazon shipping fee is $3.99 per item.

I do have some books listed for sale on, but the fees keep me from listing low cost items. In addition to their commission (I think it’s 15% right now), they charge 99 cents for some made up fee a “transaction fee” that is really meant as a deterrent to sellers. If you aren’t careful, you can actually LOSE money on a sale. What do I mean by “deterrent?” Why would a buyer let Amazon fulfill an order at retail prices if they can buy from an independent seller for less? I’m thinking they wouldn’t. So if Amazon sells an item at a retail price, I’m thinking they don’t want independent sellers listing that item. If Amazon charges sellers another dollar (okay. 99 cents.) on top of the commission, they make the profit so low it’s not worth it. Of course, Amazon doesn’t explain it that way.

I also opened an affiliate account a few months ago and have earned . . . (drumroll, please) . . . 84 cents so far. Woo Hoo! They do give you an online store, though. I’ve started to use mine to keep track of some of my favorite titles. I need to keep up with that more. I need another 84 cents.
I use this site when I’m looking for a hard to find or out of print book. I’ve also listed a rare book here before, but I don’t think I have anything listed right now. I also check prices here before listing something rare or unusual.

Other sites I’ve used are:
(although if you want to change your email account, you can’t. You have to set up a new account. THAT was annoying. I had already registered my “Millionaire’s Club” card number to my account. The online inventory isn’t that great, but I love the brick and mortar shopping because they often carry books by local writers.

I also just opened an account on I’ve listed my minimum 10 books to get started, but I haven’t selected any books for myself yet. Since I haven’t had any activity yet, I can’t comment. But Lynn likes it!

I get books from Goodwill, Salvation Army, local thrift stores, garage sales, and library sales too. My biggest source? My church’s annual rummage sale, the first weekend of October. I’m the “Book Lady” because I take off two weeks every year and work the prep. I sort and alphabetize hundreds of book in that two week period. I also bring home a few. 🙂 You know how some women will buy a new outfit, bring it home, take off the tags and slip it into the closet? Not me. I sneak home a box of books and quickly shelve them. “What? Those old things? No, they’ve been there for a while.” Take a look at the photo in this post from last year. October is bookshelf buying season in this house! (Yo! FirstHusband! Are you rolling your eyes?)

But. My favorite. all. time. bookstore?

The Book Warehouse at exit 5 on I-75 in Valdosta, Georgia. (technically, it’s Lake Park, Georiga)

Give me $50 and an hour in there and you’ll still have to drag me out – after giving me more money.
Someone will have to help me carry all the books, though.

Check out more tips and ideas over at Works for Me Wednesdays hosted by Shannon at Rocks in My Dryer!

12 thoughts on “peace. love. used books.

  1. I highly recommend your local public library. Not only can you borrow books, but most of them also have used book sales at least once a year.

  2. I just discovered abebooks. My first order though was the wrong book so I’m requesting a refund and return. I hope I can still get the book I need from them. But I had not heard about that Valdosta place. That’s within crow flying distance for me.

  3. Have you ever used paperbackswap. I love it. I have posted about it several times on my blog. It is great. I also love books.

    Lynn – OH! Yes! I forgot! I have stuff listed there too! Thanks for reminding me! I’ll add it to the post! (by JSM)

  4. My husband and I designed and maintain Book Sale Finder – the Online Guide to Used Book Sales. We display free pertinent information about upcoming used book sales across the US and Canada, run by libraries and other charities.

    For those of you who volunteer to put together these sales & stores, please tell us and we’ll post your information for everyone to see. Listing is free to charitable organizations running traditional used book sales.

    Happy book hunting!

    Helen Oram –

  5. I have used but the books I want to read are never listed LOL I sent out maybe a dozen books thru that site, but once we started renovating a house I took all my books off my papperbackswap list and gave them to goodwill. I’ve got a whole new selection of books now, so in a few weeks I’ll probably list them again and see if I can’t find some books to get with my credits.

    Your other book hints are great. Thanks so much for compiling the list.



  7. There are also a couple newer book sale directories out there ( there are some unique sales on them I didn’t even know where in my area).

    They are

    Hope this helps some people find good book deals!

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