Frequently Asked Questions

How do I find out more information about this?

How much does bookrecycler.org pay for books?

How quickly can I get started with BookRecycler?

How do I begin using bookrecycler.org?

Does this service cost anything?

I have a "for profit" business or I am an individual interested in this service. Can I participate in bookrecycler?

Our organization sells some of our books on the Internet. Will bookrecycler.org be helpful to us?

How are books to be shipped to bookrecycler.org's facility?

Do books need to be in a certain condition to be acceptable?

Does your system take all the "good" books away from our walk-in customers?

What kinds of books are typically ones that sell well through bookrecycler.org?

What if a book does not have a bar code? Can I still check it with the scanner?

Is there a trial period or a cancellation policy?

Can our organization use the bookrecycler scanner to help us price our inventory?

If after scanning in a bar code the scanner says a buyer is waiting, do I know what the buyer is willing to pay for the book?

Who pays for shipping?

How do you update the scanner's data?



How do I find out more information about this?

Contact us by Clicking Here or sending an email by contacting us here.

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How much does bookrecycler.org pay for books?

Out of around 250,000 titles on our want list, the average price paid is around $2.70 (based on observation). Also, 32% of our price quotes are above $7 (between $7.01 and $9.99). Compare this average price with the price books typically sell for at public sales.

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How quickly can I get started with BookRecycler?

You should allow at least two weeks between first contacting us and receiving your scanner. In the mean time we will hopefully establish a dialog with you and determine how well our program will meet your goals.

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How do I begin using bookrecycler.org?

Click Here to view the application page. Or, Click Here to send us an email.

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Does this service cost anything?

No. No investment is required on the part of your organization. There is a deposit that must be collected on the scanner. The deposit is, of course, fully refunded when the scanner is returned to bookrecycler.org provided that we receive a minimum amount of qualified books (as detailed in the Partner Agreement).

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I have a "for profit" business or I am an individual interested in this service. Can I participate in bookrecycler?

Possibly. Please contact us by Clicking Here or sending an email to info@bookrecycler.org

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Our organization sells some of our books on the Internet. Will bookrecycler.org be helpful to us?

No. Bookrecycler.org is intended for non-profit organizations that sell books to the local public, and not on the Internet. Selling on the Internet requires a significant investment of time, technology, and attention to detail. Bookrecycler.org is a service intended to integrate efficiency and convenience with increased sales revenue allowing your organization an option other than selling on the Internet.

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How are books to be shipped to bookrecycler.org's facility?

The best method is with the United States Post Office via the special book rate called "Media Mail". Media mail boxes can be from 1 to 70 lbs each. It is recommended that you keep boxes under 40 lbs. The Post Office will thank you, and the boxes will not be so heavy that they sustain damage during shipping.

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Do books need to be in a certain condition to be acceptable?

The only condition is that the book has all its essential components fully intact and that all of the text is readible. Wear and tear, even some minor markings or highlighting in the text, are OK.

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Does your system take all the "good" books away from our walk-in customers?

Absolutely not. While we may be able to purchase up to 7% (at the very most) of an average used book inventory, our list of titles is very diverse, including books from every imaginable category. Many, many books (93% or more) from your inventory will be left for your walk-in customers who will likely never notice a change in the book selection. Furthermore, our partners frequently tell us that the books that we buy are the ones their walk-in customers typically pass up - it's a win-win.

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What kinds of books are typically ones that sell well through bookrecycler.org?

There are no hard and fast rules. There are a couple of general rules. Books that are more recently published (in the last 15 years or so) are more likely to be in our database and will have a buyer waiting. Also, non-fiction is more popular in our database than fiction. However, you never know until you scan in the bar code and see what the scanner says.

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What if a book does not have a bar code? Can I still check it with the scanner?

Yes. If a book does not have a bar code, you can type in the ISBN using the scanner's keypad. However, if a book does not have an ISBN, it cannot be checked. All titles in the bookrecycler.org system use an ISBN.

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Is there a trial period or a cancellation policy?

Begin whenever you wish and cancel whenever you wish.

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Can our organization use the bookrecycler scanner to help us price our inventory?

No. The scanner will only give a price quote for those (5 - 7% of) books that have a buyer waiting. Furthermore, it is against bookrecycler.org's policy that you use the scanner for purposes other than that for which it is intended. If you have a suggestion regarding how bookrecycler.org could offer more services to libraries and non-profit book sellers, or if you have any questions or suggestions, click the "Contact" button and send us an email.

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If after scanning in a bar code the scanner says a buyer is waiting, do I know what the buyer is willing to pay for the book?

Yes, when there is a buyer waiting, the scanner gives you an instant price quote which is the price you will receive after sending that book to bookrecycler.org.

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Who pays for shipping?

Shipping is reimbursed at a rate of 46 cents per pound which the approximate rate of Media Mail with the United States Post Office. For example, postage for a 30 pound box costs $13.69 to mail with USPS Media Mail. Our compensation is (.46 * 30) is $13.80.

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How do you update the scanner's data?

We require partners to have access to a Windows PC with broadband internet access (i.e. DSL/cable/T1/etc). We provide complete instructions and support. As much as we'd love to, we regret that we cannot accommodate MacOS or Linux at this time due to technical limitations.

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