Sell Your Used Books
Selling your used books to Shakespeare and Company
Important: In accordance with measures announced by the French government to limit the spread of COVID-19, the bookshop will be closed and will hold off book buying until further notice.
We’ll keep you updated as the situation develops. Until then stay at home, stay safe, and read books.
We purchase books at our receiving bureau located at 10 Rue St Julien Le Pauvre (just around the corner from the bookshop) Tuesdays between 10.30 and 5.30 pm, Wednesdays between 1.30 pm and 7.30 pm & Thursdays between 10.30 am and 5.30 pm. We only buy books written in English.
What we buy:
It might be helpful to mention in advance the types of books that we are generally interested in. They are:
• Classic & Contemporary Fiction
• Philosophy (classic or contemporary)
• History (classic or contemporary)
• Religion & Spirituality
• Art (mostly smaller format books; i.e. not monographs)
• Mystery & Sci-Fi (classic or well-known)
• French & Paris interest
• Antiquarian books (rare & first edition)
We are primarily, although not exclusively, interested in paper-backs and softcovers. We rarely buy large format books.
What we don’t buy:
We only accept books in good, solid, readable condition - without torn covers or spines; without excessive notes or underlining; and without water or mildew damage. We are unable to pay for any advanced reader's copies/uncorrected proofs.
We usually don't consider genres that don't exist in the bookshop itself, such as Text Books.
Please note we will have to go through all your books and pick the ones we're interested in. Anything we cannot pay for will be returned to you.
Due to limited space, unfortunately we cannot accept book donations. For the same reason, we may ask you to wait outside the bureau for your turn.
Typically we offer between € 0.50 and €1.50 for paperbacks, and €1.50 or €2.00 for hardbacks. However, please keep in mind these are merely estimates and that we cannot give a quote for any book without seeing it in person.
Any cash payment requires us to take down your identification details ( accepted documents: Passport, Valid ID, Titre de séjour & Driving licence). Please make sure you have one when visiting us. We are unable to pay for books without a valid ID.
We can only give cash for books up to €300. For larger sums we will pay you via bank transfer and will ask you for you IBAN to do so. In this case we will issue an invoice and email it to you.
Selling Large Quantities Of Books
If you have more than 100 books to sell, we ask that you contact us to schedule an appointment or arrange a home visit (for over 350 books). To do so please contact email@example.com
Some useful information to include in your message:
• Estimated number of books
• Condition of the books
• What type of subjects does your collection cover
• Photos of your book shelves with legible spines (rather than a list)