im-cute-and-curious asked: My grandfather recently unearthed some very old books. Is there a website you could recommend I could look up there worth for him?
There are a lot of factors that go into the value of a used book. Beyond age, we look at several elements, including the printing, binding, provenance, scarcity, and general collector interest in the title. We are lucky enough to have a team of highly-trained used book buyers that are adept at evaluating all of these factors.
While we don’t offer appraisal services, we can recommend a few online resources for estimating the worth of a book.
Bookfinder (note that the above two sites use this same database so there may be some overlap)
Take all of the prices that you see on these sites with a grain of salt! The prices listed are retail, not the price that you would receive if you were to sell the book to a store like ours, and for every high dollar amount you can usually find the same title listed for far less.
And finally, if you are interested in selling your books to us, you can always email us at email@example.com. We have detailed information on what we will and won’t buy, as well as how to sell back books at our Portland-area stores, here.