On December 10 we were privileged to have the instructors from London guitar academy (based in Queens Park) drop in and perform an acoustic session as a solidarity measure with our bookstore. The music (most of it excellent) included some singer songwriters and some instrumental pieces. We thought the event was fantastic, and (more importantly) so did those readers who attended. We are hoping there may be more accoustic drop-ins to come in the New Year, but in the meantime we want to express our utmost gratitude to the performers from the guitar academy who made it happen.
Many independent shops are hosting an event known as #SensibleSaturday on November 28.
We will be joining them, so come along to our book and giftstore on 92 Willesden Lane, Kilburn (NW6 7TA) to support a local business and to socialise with others who support local bookshops.
Festive Friday and Sensible Saturday – 27-28 November (sample sherry and mince pies)
Sensible Saturday = The antidote to Black Friday
– 10% off all books
– 20% off selected book bags and posters.
You’ve decided to get rid of most of your books, because perhaps you need the space, or are going over to the Kindle, or you’re moving house. But you discover with a shudder that the books you bought for £10 or £15 are now only selling for 1 pence on Amazon (read here to see how that works).
What can you do?
There are ways to recoup some of your money. In most cases however it will involve time, and obviously you won’t recoup most of your original outlay. If you feel that your time is better occupied, then it can be a good idea to just donate the books to a second shop such as ourselves, OffSide Books, 92 Willesden Lane, Kilburn (or a charity shop) so at least others will get the chance to read those books.
Even so, if you’re determined to sell your books, look again at the Amazon second-hand listings. If the traders offering a book for one penny are based in the US then you have a chance. You should sign up as a marketplace operator, and advertise your book, paying particular attention to stressing that you are UK based and will deliver promptly. People use Amazon for convenience, and if they see a book that costs 1 pence (plus postage) but will take 4 weeks to arrive, against another copy that costs £3.90 but will arrive in a couple of days, then they may well go for the quicker option.
Bear in mind though that listing a book does not guarantee a sale – you may have to wait months or years for a sale on a particular book. Take a look at this advice from LifeHacker on selling your stuff on Amazon. Look also at Abebooks (also owned by Amazon) to get an idea of what price you can offer your books.
Ebay is another way of selling second hand books. This works well when you have a batch of related books. For instance if you have 7 history books, or perhaps a group of novels by a certain author (someone like Philip Kerr or Zadie Smith would probably sell well; not so sure about Dan Brown or James Patterson as their books can be found in most charity shops). Do your research – you may find that science fiction or another genre sells better than the run-of-the-mill crime series.
One other option is to sell at a car boot sale. This is probably the most difficult option – you will have to offer bargain prices for many of your books, perhaps 3 books for a pound, and you will do well to cover the cost of attending the sale. But it does give an opportunity to sell other items at the same time.
All of the above options assume that your books are not of the potentially valuable first edition or antiquarian version. Read this to understand why Ebay could be the worst place to sell those books. For these you would need to speak to specialists – either in person, or by sending an email with pictures and details of the books concerned. Note that many secondhand bookshops are not in this category (we are not). Try looking at the Antiquarian Booksellers’ site to locate these specialists
Good luck – and a reminder that if it’s all too much effort to recoup money for your books, we accept donations at our Kilburn bookshop! 🙂
For those interested in buying new textbooks that were published by Cambridge University Press, we are pleased to announce that we have many titles in stock.
Although we are trying to keep to our £1.90 policy we have for most second hand books, there will be the odd case where we charge more. For example the First Certificate Workbook (pictured) will sell at £3 in the shop – please bear in mind that even buying secondhand online the price would be around £5 plus postage. So you will still save money by shopping at our store on 92 Willesden Lane, Kilburn.
The other books pictured here (some are easy readers, others are textbooks) are all on sale at £1.90 in our bookshop. Enjoy!
We’d like to apologise to our customers. We ordered a small batch of “I heart Kilburn” mugs, and quickly sold out. We’ve placed a replenishment order with our suppliers and hope to have more stock in the shop very soon.
In the meantime, we still have plenty of high quality used books, so we hope to see our customers (old and new) again soon.
We are pleased to announce that we are now open, selling Old and New Quality Books. Most books are priced at £1.90 each (we also offer in most cases 3 books for £5 ), and there are also some individually priced books – some are a little more expensive, but we also display a selection of £1 books.
We are located on 92 Willesden Lane, Kilburn, London NW6 7TA
Current opening hours are 9.30 am to 6.30pm daily (on Sunday we open 11am to 4pm). We look forward to meeting old and new customers.
Imagine a bookshop where ALL books, paperback or hardback editions, cost £1.90 each.
Where NEW books as well as remaindered and second-hand books cost just £1.90
Where, for an introductory period, you need only pay £4 for 3 books…
We intend to have a low-key opening from Tuesday 23 December…
Our shop is located at 92 Willesden Lane, Kilburn NW6 7TA
Books shown are just a few examples of the quality of book we intend to stock. Shelves will be replenished regularly so if you’re into a particular genre or author tell us, and we’ll try our best to stock up!