Selling us Books

*** Importance Notice ***

Until January we will be buying by appointment only. If you have books to sell, please contact us before bringing them in. Exceptions may be made if you have less than a dozen books and come when it is not busy, but please keep in mind this is our busiest time of year.


  1. The Basics
  2. The Process
  3. Staff Specialties

Still have questions? See our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) or get in touch!

The Basics

We buy books from the public for cash or trade credit

  • We are offered thousands of books each month.
  • We are very selective when we make a purchase.
  • We only buy what we think we can sell.

Factors we consider

  • Condition (no stains, water damage, warps, tears, or smells)
  • Stock level (how many copies do we have?)
  • Demand (how popular is it?)

What we’re looking for

  • Recent Bestsellers
  • The Classics (Penguin Classics, Modern Library, etc)
  • Popular fiction and genre fiction
  • High-quality non-fiction and kids books

Items we RARELY buy

  • Antiquarian books (when we do it’s the classics in great condition)
  • Large sets (ie, encyclopedias and Time Life. Exception: complete Dickens or other classic works)
  • Textbooks (Most course textbooks, such as Psychology 101: 207th Edition are verboten. Exceptions: We do buy high-quality academic works, for example we are very interested in primary sources in philosophy, etc.)

Items we NEVER buy

  • Magazines and ephemera
  • DVDs, CDs, puzzles or games
  • Reader’s Digest Condensed editions
  • Ex-library books
  • Harlequin Romance

The Process

By following our process, you avoid delays and hassles.

  1. Send us pictures or a list, if possible.
  2. Bring us your books.
  3. Wait while we look them over.
  4. Choose cash or trade credit.
  5. Complete the paperwork.

1. Sending us pictures or a list

If you have more than a handful of books, sending us pictures or a list will save everyone time. If you have less than a dozen or so we can probably look at them anytime, but emailing us may save you a trip.

If you can, take pictures of what you have and email them to us. You do not need to photograph each book individually – all we need is to be able read the title and author from the spines. Feel free to photograph a whole shelf or stack at time.

If you are unable to take pictures, consider making a list of what you’ve got. For each book we need to know at minimum the title and author and if it’s paperback or hardcover.

Email us at selling@janusbooks.ca

If you are unable to take pictures or make a list, please contact us so we can let you know if what you have is the sort of thing we are interested in.

2. Bringing us your books

If you have less than a dozen or so, we can look at them almost any time it’s not too busy. If you have more, please email or phone us and we can make arrangements to look them over.

When transporting your books, consider the weather. Rain and snow can damage books; make sure they are covered.

3. Waiting while we look them over

To save you the hassle of dropping them off and coming back, we will try to look at your books right away. It will generally take only a few minutes, depending on how busy it is at the store.

4. Choosing cash or trade credit

We will make you a cash offer and a trade credit offer. We offer 50% more in trade credit than cash. We can also do cash/credit split if you prefer.

5. Completing the paperwork

We require a signature from an adult when we are making a purchase. We may also ask for photo ID – please make sure you bring some.

Staff Specialties

All of our staff members are able to purchase any books that they think we might need. We all purchase according to the same guidelines and pay the same amounts for books.

That said, some of us have more knowledge in certain areas. If you have a particularly specialized collection, we suggest contacting a specific staff member:

Andrew

andrew@janusbooks.ca

  • Science fiction and fantasy
  • Noir, pulp and crime fiction
  • Spanish literature
  • Biology and paleontology

Brady

brady@janusbooks.ca

  • Philosophy
  • Children’s and teen
  • Greek and Roman history
  • Gender studies

Kieran

kieran@janusbooks.ca

  • Science and mathematics
  • Technology and computing
  • Business and economics
  • Art and photography
  • History
  • Chess

Still have questions? See our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) or get in touch!