Trade or Sell Your Used Books

May 26, 2014 | Announcements

Bring us your gently used books! We pay for collectible books and related material in our areas of specialization: works by and about the Montana Gang, Native American and Western History, Exploration and Adventure, Sporting Literature, Natural History, and Literary Archives.

For other books, we offer trade credit. If you’re bringing in a lot of books, we can take your contact info and give you a call when we’ve had a chance to select and price them.

Store credit may be used on used books that are not on consignment for a third party. This includes the vast majority of our stock. We also happily accept donations of high quality books.

The decision to accept or not accept any given book is based on its condition, its resale value, its likelihood of appealing to our customers, the number of copies we may already have, and whether or not the moon is in the House of Larry. Please review and follow the tips below before bringing in your books.

What We’re Looking For
• Condition: Books should be in very good to fine condition – meaning light reading wear, minor bumping to corners, or perhaps a previous owner’s name in the front are acceptable. Exceptions sometimes made for collectible and very old books (you’d be in rough shape too, if you were born in the 18th century). Hardcovers must have a dust jacket (in very good condition) unless they were issued without one. See details below in “What We Can’t Accept.”

• Genre: We’re almost always interested in regional writers and books about the outdoors, Western and Native American history, philosophy, art, poetry, classics, food, quality contemporary fiction, hunting and fishing.

• Special items: Signed editions, fine bindings, private printings, Livingston/Montana/Yellowstone interest and collectible first editions.

What We Can’t Accept
• Mass market paperbacks
• Harlequin, Reader’s Digest Condensed, Chicken Soup for anyone’s soul, etc.
• Books with highlighting or underlining
• Books with torn or missing pages, broken spines or water damage
• Books that smell musty, mildewed, smokey or like teen spirit
• Magazines, family bibles, computer software users manuals, travel guides, text books or encyclopedia sets
• Former library books
• The works of Rush Limbaugh, Bill O’Reilly, Ann Coulter, Sarah Palin or other extremist, hate-mongering mouthpieces for the 1%.
• Books written with invisible ink … on invisible paper


  1. Hello, I am Jerri Shreffler. I live and work on a ranch outside of Livingston. I have a published novel, and as a local author, I am offering my book to you.

    “Moving On” is available through two distributors, Ingram and Baker & Taylor. If you do not utilize these distributors, my publisher is willing to sell the books to you directly at wholesale pricing. My book was published with a Bookseller’s Return Policy, so regardless of how many you decide to order, you may return unsold copies for a full refund. Therefore there is no financial risk to you as the retailer.

    If you have a few spare minutes, it would be my pleasure to meet with you in person. Please call and we can set something up whenever convenient.

    Jerri Shreffler 406-223-7265

  2. Hi there, I recently inherited about a dozen boxes of books from my parents. There are a few collections (Eugene O’Neill; George Bernard Shaw; Oscar Wilde; Somerset Maugham; Shakespeare); some beautiful coffee-table books; books on travel, art, opera, classical music, etc; alternative health and wellness; and more. Do these seem like books you’d be interested in? I live in a small home and am downsizing, so I would only be interested in selling these, not taking any trade or store credit. If you’d be interested, would it be helpful if I made an appointment? I’d be coming over from Belgrade.

  3. I am in the process of recycling a portion of my library and recently found your website. I am a retired Wildlife Biologist with a number of used books that I would love to put in the hands of interested readers. It’s difficult to part with “my friends” after so many years, but the reality is that I no longer use them and they are just collecting dust. They need a new home if possible. I have six “Banker’s Boxes” of books which may contain some titles that would be of interest to you. There is a mix of general biology, wildlife management, natural history, wildlife, hunting, ornithology, botany, and local/regional titles. Before I lug them into town I thought I would check to see if you are still buying used books and/or might be interested looking at these. Please let me know if you have the time to look them over. Thank you…..have a great day. Tom Lemke

  4. Hi Marc and Andrea, I hope all is well with you, Are you to the point where you’re accepting books for partial trade? I’ll be in Livingston later this month. Thanks. Sue

  5. Laughed out loud at your list of what we can’t accept – especially “Chicken Soup for anyone’s soul”. Thank you!

  6. Lumbaugh, O’Reilly, Coulter, and (airhead) Palin shouldn’t even be dignified with the word ‘works’! Good luck on your move.

  7. Andrea and Mark:
    When I was editor of Distinctly Montana Magazine, I collected a wide selection of books about Montana. From guides to history to literary to weddings to prostitution to amusing to food to movies. I’m offering this collection of about 30 books for free. Help yourself but someone has to come by to select. All are in fine condition.

    Contact me directly.

    Valerie Harms
    Bozeman, Montana


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