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Sell us your Technical Books!

It is fairly safe to say that people sell more used books to Powell's than to any other bookstore. We actively pursue quality used, antiquarian and scholarly technical books.

If you plan to stop by Powell's Technical Bookstore to sell your books, their book buying hours are 11am-7pm every day.

To query a book buyer about selling your books, send an email to sell@powells.com.

Some questions we'll probably ask you

  • How many books are you offering? (an estimate is fine)
  • Do you have a list of titles offered?
  • What subject areas are represented?
  • Have you kept your packed boxes of books under 40lbs each?

Some questions you might want to ask us


What we are buying at the moment


What we don't buy

With so many books in the world, and our own stock continually changing, it is impossible to say exactly what we'll be interested in at any one time. However, we can say exactly what kinds of books we are not interested in. Those are:

  • Long runs of journals
  • Damaged books
  • Old encyclopedia sets
  • Many book club editions
  • Magazines
  • Original software users manuals

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