“If you are feeling overwhelmed, come up to the register and talk to the booksellers. They're going to be the ones that have the most knowledge of what used books are currently on hand,” David Bradley, founder of Golden Fig Books, said. “And if you just give them a genre or some type of feeling that you want to be elicited from a book, they can almost always help direct you in a certain way, so then you have a few options instead of an overwhelming hundreds of thousands of options.”
Here’s a list of bookstores nearby to check out!
Nestled conveniently on 109 E. Franklin St, Prologue is the secondhand counterpart to independent bookshop and cafe Epilogue. Community members can browse Prologue's used and rare book collections Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Prologue is currently only accepting fiction, fantasy and sci-fi books. They accept up to 25 books at a time on Monday and Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 1-4 p.m. Prologue only offers store credit that may be used towards 50% of certain purchases.
Located at 116 W. Main St. in downtown Durham, Letters Bookshop has gently-used hardback and paperback books, with a specialized children’s section.
Letters Bookshop is interested in buying all genres of used books, although they typically do not buy hardback books older than two years. They accept up to three boxes of books at a time on Tuesdays from 1-6 p.m. for store credit.
Take a 10-minute ride on the NU bus route from Davis Library, arrive at Flyleaf Books at 752 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. and browse their curated secondhand collection.
In their used books, Flyleaf looks for both hardcover and paperback, especially fiction, mystery, southern fiction and regional authors. Any book they do not buy is donated to local nonprofits such as TROSA and Book Harvest.
Flyleaf accepts used books during open hours — Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and offers store credit for used books, which may be used on any store merchandise, or half that amount in cash.
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Golden Fig Books
Originally from Durham with a location in Carrboro at 200 N. Greensboro St., Golden Fig offers new and used books for community members. They are currently interested in used literary fiction, science, psychology, sci-fi/fantasy and cultural studies books, but will look through any potential inventory.
They accept up to 30 books at a time during open hours — Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. They offer store credit and cash, but store credit may only be used to purchase used books.
"We want it to be welcoming, we want people to feel like it's a new bookstore, and have all of the benefits of that," Bradley said. "And then we just have the used book prices, essentially."
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