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All the stuff you need to know!

  • Why buy used?
    Buying used books is a more sustainable method of consumption. The environmental impact of producing new books is huge and simply opting to buy second hand greatly reduces your carbon emissions, doing a small part to do right by Mother Earth. Buying used books is a far more affordable option. When you shop secondhand, you are able to buy more books. With the average price of a new paperback at $17.00, significant money can be saved by opting to purchase used books. Used books are not only better for the environment, they are better for your wallet! Buying used books is a way to make books more accessible. We all love new books, but they are often overpriced, which prevents people from accessing these books. Offering new and popular titles at affordable prices allows more people to have access to books. Buying used books allows you to participate in a book's shared history. The fact that the stories within the pages have been experienced by someone else and have made a journey to find you is quite magical. Because used books come from so many different people whose interests are so varied, a new title may pique your interests, as long as you keep an open mind!
  • What are the store policies?
    At this time, All Booked Up cannot accept returns. All sales are final except in the case of error on the part of ABU. If you have any issues with your order, please send us an email by clicking here or at We will arrange an exchange or refund if/when applicable.
  • How are your books priced?
    ABU takes into account the The Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP), condition, and popularity of each book and prices accordingly. We believe the true value of a book is in your reading it! ABU Used Book Guide Like new: The book cover has no visible wear. The dust jacket is included if applicable and not damaged There are no missing or damaged pages, no tears, possible very minimal creasing, no underlining or highlighting of text, and no writing in the margins. This book may have never been read and only shows signs of shelf wear. Good: The book cover may show signs of mild wear. The dust jacket is included if applicable and may have some wear. There are no missing pages, tears; may have minimal underlining or highlighting of text, and no writing in the margins. This book has been read and shows signs of handling and shelf wear. Well-Read: The book cover shows signs of wear. The dust jacket is included if applicable and shows signs of wear. No missing pages, may have some damaged pages or tears; may have underlining, highlighting of text, or writing in the margins Shows signs of significant shelf wear. *All Book of the Month titles are priced at $8. **Prices vary based on a combination of factors such as popularity, condition, and MSRP.
  • Do you accept donations?
    Yes! We would be so grateful to accept your gently used books! If you're interested in donating, please contact us here. Thank you for thinking of ABU! *We hope to offer you cash for your books soon!
  • Can I skip shipping if I live locally?
    Soon!! We are working on local pick up. For now, if you are local to Chicago and are interested in picking up your books, contact us here or send us an email at before you place your order and we can try and arrange a pick up, if possible.
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