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Boswell Book Company gives in-store credit for used books.

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You're not going to get rich reselling your books, but you might get a little fun money for the weekend or, at the very least, be able to trade your old books for "new" ones.

Like the recycling of anything, recycling books is an environmentally-friendly choice.

Most book shops are interested in best-selling books in good condition. Some buy books by the box and some buy them individually. Most give in-store credit.

Daniel Goldin is the manager of Boswell Book Company, 2559 N. Downer Ave. Goldin explains how his book-buying process works.

"We pay about 25 percent of what we're selling them for. A new, hot paperback in good condition would probably get $2-$2.50. A fairly new hardcover that's still selling would get $3-$3.50. A nice hardcover cookbook might get $4-5," says Goldin. "We buy books for credit. Cuts down on the dumpster divers and the thieves."

Milwaukee has a bunch of book stores that buy used books. Here is a list of some of them and feel free to add more via the Talkback feature.

Boswell Book Company
2559 N. Downer Ave., (414) 332-1181
Boswell Book Company buys books for in-store credit. Boswell pays about 25 percent of the original cover price. "We are picky about condition," says Goldin. Call ahead to make certain a book buyer is available.

Half Price Books
Multiple locations
There are six Half Price Books locations in Wisconsin: Two in Madison, Appleton, Brookfield, Greenfield and Milwaukee. Half Price offers cash for printed or recorded materials based on age, condition and resale possibility. A valid driver's license is required to receive payment.

Open Book Co-op
4093 N. Oakland Ave., (414) 431-3170
Open Book offers scheduled times for book selling, based on when the book buyer is available. Call ahead for exact buying times. Open Book gives in-store credit for books, depending on condition and resale potential of the book.

5924 W. North Ave., (414) 476-7323
Re-Booked gives in-store credit for used books. Book must be in good condition, and the amount offered is based on the original price of the book. In general, 15-25 percent of the cover price is given in trade value.


Magfli | Nov. 20, 2009 at 10:42 a.m. (report)

Gently used children's books can be donated to Next Door Foundation's Books for Kids library. Your donation is tax deductibe and you will feel really good knowing the books are getting into the hands of children who might not have books at home.

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staciemichelle | Nov. 18, 2009 at 11:56 a.m. (report)

Also of note is Downtown Books. They are located at 327 E. Wisconsin Avenue. Phone number is (414) 276-5330. They buy and sell second-hand books. Though, it's worth it to mention that while they don't make great offers for buying books, they have a huge selection and it's great for people who just want to wander the aisles and listen to the creaky floor while inhaling the smell of used books. For customer service, though, I'd hit up Boswell Book Company.

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