Frequently Asked Questions

What is an ISBN? 
ISBN stands for International Standard Book Number. This number can be found either on the back cover of your book or inside the front cover.

Enter the full number without any dashes. To view an image of an ISBN, clic
k here.

What kind of books can I sell? 
You can sell any kind of book you like. 

Popular and current best sellers are good choices and are likely to sell the quickest. However, you never know who could be looking for your book. Listings don’t expire, ensuring there is no hassle of extending your ad.

How do I price my books?
You can price your books at whatever price you think is fair. Keep in mind the buyer will travel to your house to pick up the book and this should be accounted for in the price. 

If you want to deliver the book, you can account for this in the price, and include this in your seller notes.

Below are some general guidelines:
New books and current bestsellers - Books that are 1-2 years old are generally priced at 40-60% of the original ISBN

Other books - it's difficult for us to provide recommendations without knowing more about the book. For example, some older books are still bestsellers and can go for a higher price.

If the books is 3-10 years old, prices can range from $6-$12 depending on the popularity of the book.

Is there a fee for selling my books? 
Yes, Local Reads takes $1.49 plus 10% from all transactions.

How do I pickup my book? 
When and where you pick up your book is something you will discuss with the book seller. Read our tips for Book Pickup here.

I've sold a book, how do I get my money? 

You need to reach a minimum of $20 before you can receive cash for your book sales. Once you’ve earned $20 from your book sales we will send you an email notification with payment options.

What if I can't get a hold of the seller to pickup my book? 

When you purchase a book on Local Reads we pre-authorize your card for payment. 

Once you've picked up the book we charge your credit card. 

You have one week after purchasing a book to make arrangements for pick up. If you cannot get a hold of the seller within a week, you credit card will not be charged.

What if the book condition isn't as listed? 
You have up to 10 days after purchasing a book to report any quality issues with the book. If Local Reads agrees, we will either provide an appropriate discount or refund if necessary. Local Reads has the right to seek compensation from the seller for the reimbursement we provided to the buyer.

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