As a second hand book store employee, I have a certain fondness for books. I like the way they look, the way they smell (unless they have been living in the garage for 10 years…but who would be so mean to their books!?), and the way they feel in my hands. But, as we move further into the digital age, convenience usually beats out tradition and e-readers are becoming ever more popular, especially with those who are always on the go. That isn’t to say that people aren’t buying hard copy books anymore, because they most certainly are. However, as millions of e-readers are being produced and as people decide to upgrade their e-readers (as with all new technology, it is being changed all the time), or decide the e-reader is not for them there would be an excess that could be used by others rather than thrown in a drawer or in the garbage.
That is why we are now looking for second hand e-readers to sell on consignment in the store. If you no longer use your e-reader, or are considering an upgrade we would love to help you find your e-reader a new home, and help you earn a little cash along the way! If your e-reader still has books on it, that is even better. Don’t worry though, all personal information will be erased from the device before it is sold.
Prices for each e-reader will depend on make, age, and condition.
If you have any questions please feel free to drop in to the store, write us an e-mail or give us a call!
So as you regulars know, we have had a change in our book credit policy lately! While we strive to buy as much from customers as we can, we can only take books that we know we can sell.If that means that we can’t buy back all the books that come from here (sometimes we have up to six copies in storage), or books that for whatever reason we believe we can’t sell then that is the decision we will make. We pay up to half (in-store credit only) of what we think we can sell a book for, depending on condition and how hard it is to sell it. We no longer buy books for cash.
We look at almost everything (exceptions being reader’s digest older computer books, encyclopedias, etc.), so don’t fret! We just ask that you presort your books before so we can get your credit to you sooner! We aren’t too big of fans of torn, coloured in, highlighted, underlined (in pen), musty, spider or cobweb infested books (Just think – if you wouldn’t buy it because of the condition it’s in, we probably won’t be able to sell it)! We love books that are in very good condition, especially current paperback fiction/non-fiction!
We have very limited storage space as of right now (if you want proof, we’ll show you!), so we have made a deadline for pick-ups of the returns. When we call to let you know how much credit you get for your books, our expectations are that you will pick up the returns within the week. If after two weeks they are not picked up we will put 80% of the credit on a card for you, consider the 20% as labour and gas costs to haul the books to the Salvation Army or St.Vincent’s. While we know this sounds a little harsh, there’s not much we can do! Lets put it this way: my nightmares involve all the books people never pick up collapsing on me and getting trapped to live out my days a la 127 hours! Only, well you know, with books (I don’t think I would be as brave as James Franco’s character either come to think of it…)
If you’re still interested in bringing in books for us to look at, the best days to do that are Monday, Wednesday, and Sunday. Thanks for understanding!
The Reading Room Crew
Kathe recently read a great book that you need get your hands on! If you’re into mysteries then you’re search ends here! Inger Ash Wolfe is a mystery writer who penned The Calling as well as The Taken. Oh and did I mention that the writer is Canadian? Yeah. I know, pretty wicked right? The protagonist for once is not a flawless woman who disarm men with a look, but rather a sixty-year old woman with a bad back… Intrigued? I thought you would be
P.S – Brownie points to whomever can figure out the real writer is, as Inger Ash Wolfe is a pseudonym. Rumour has is that it is really Michael Redhill!
Happy Thanksgiving to our (very) loyal readers! First off, I am thankful for you, because I broke my promise of keeping this site updated, but here goes nothing! Believe me, I suppose since this is a first person account, but I being a human forget. I constantly forget about all that there is to be thankful for, and I’m really glad that I have this weekend to remind me. And I’m guessing I’m not alone! Most of us need a turkey and elastic pants to remind us (don’t worry, I won’t tell)! I am thankful for the food in my belly, my family, friends and my amazing co-workers here at the Reading Room! They always have my back no matter what I do! I am thankful for all the regulars and Reading Room newbies that come in with their big smiles and fascinating stories! I am thankful for getting to go to school since many people do not have the privilege (I’ll be honest I am not thankful for my midterms coming up or the constant sore back I get from my textbooks). I am thankful that October has decided to bless us with this amazing weather after our lacking summer! I have an infinite number of things to be thankful for, but I want to know, what are you thankful for this Thanksgiving weekend? Let me know in the comments or on our Facebook page!
- The Reading Room Bookstore & Cafe
Stumped for what to do for your wonderful mother this Mother’s Day? Take her out for a nice breakfast/brunch at our cafe! We don’t like to be boastful, but we may have the most delicious muffins in all of Sooke! Mm-mmm! Not to mention the flavours vary everyday.. I know it sounds tempting, so just go with your gut on this one! (Your tummy will thank you!) Treat mom and yourself in one! Best be seeing you all tomorrow in the cafe!
- The RR Crew
We’ve been slow on the update, but heres a couple pictures from our staff Christmas party we thought you might enjoy! We decided to go bowling and what a fun night it was! The girls are looking good with their temoporary new do’s, don’t you think? Especially that mysterious lady with the blonde curls…;) Althought she is looking a little blue… Hehe
The RR staff XO
On December 10th we had Father Christmas join us for a fundraiser for the Vital Vittles program. Vital Vittles is a program at the Holy Trinity Anglican Church which provides community lunches every Friday. We were able to raise two hundred dollars from selling hot chocolate and gingerbread cookies from donation. Not to mention we received an anonymous donation of $5,000 for the program from a visitor spending Christmas in Sooke! Heloise Sweeney was the winner of the gift basket draw, so congratulations to her!
It’s that time of year again! Father Christmas will be making his annual visit to the Reading Room Cafe this Saturday, December 10th, 2011 from 1:00-3:00pm. He will be here for pictures with the kids, and to help us raise money for the Sooke Vital Vittles program.
There will also be live music and hot chocolate by donation, as well as a sale on all gift items and used books in the bookstore! So please come and take part in this fun event and visit with Father Christmas… If you’re good, he might just give you what you asked for this Christmas!