We Buy Books Too
Our buying policies have changed! If you would like to sell your books to Uncharted, please read this first.
We only entertain walk-in book sellers on Thursdays and Fridays from 2-6 pm.
Uncharted Books is a very small operation with limited staff, space, and funds. If you bring in a book on our buying day that meets our standards of quality and that we believe we can sell, we'll happily purchase it. We will not accept -- even as donations -- books that we don't believe we can sell or that do not meet our standards.
If we are unable to help you, Open Books takes almost anything as a donation.
We will not provide appraisals of a book's value nor will we estimate whether or not we would buy a book sight unseen.
We will not buy back a book that you have purchased from Uncharted for full price.
As our inventory is constantly rotating, we may have greater needs for different types of books at different times. Here is a list of genres we are currently looking for and those we are not.
Books we love
- Fiction - especially contemporary, literary novels and single-author short fiction collections
- Books in Spanish
- Books about Chicago or by Chicago authors
- Trade-bound comics
- Identity politics - feminism, LGBT, and race issues
Books we are currently not accepting
- Books in poor condition
- Books without spines (like single-issue comic books)
- Diet books
- Computer or tech how-to manuals