Did you know that Powell’s Books has an online setup for selling your old books? I was chatting with Shannon yesterday about purging for the impending move and she pointed me to the site. It’s actually quite brilliant, you enter your ISBNs – they tell you what they will take – and pay for the shipping! You get an online credit to buy more books!
Last time I purged books and went to Half Price Books to sell them, I seem to recall that it took forever and I had to make multiple visits to the store until the “right” person was there. (I wonder why I didn’t blog that – because that is what is etched in my memory…) So, I am welcoming the fact that I can sit here in my bathrobe with coffee and type in ISBNs and see what Powell’s will take! And then I can by more used books from Powell’s.
Here’s the catch though – they don’t seem to want very many of my books. Should I be offended? So far, they will take:
And here are a few they will NOT take:
- A Severed Head – Iris Murdoch
- The Shipping News – E. Annie Proulx
- The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency – Alexander McCall Smith
I am really having troubles resisting the urge to sit here all day and type in every ISBN on my book shelf JUST because I am curious to see if they will take them! Luckily, I am headed to Toronto later today and I must pack or there will be some repercussions.