Sell your books and let someone else enjoy them
Check out our frequently asked questions on how to buy and sell books from The Maleny Bookshop either online or in store.
Buying from us
How do I use the Maleny Gift Card online?
Enter the gift card number in the space provided. No spaces or punctuation is necessary. Please note that only one gift card can be used per order for payment.
Also include a valid credit card for identification (this is required). If the purchase exceeds the gift card balance, the credit card will be charged the difference unless you indicate another form of payment.
What if my gift card does not cover the cost of my order?
You may split payment with a gift card and any other method of payment.
Can I pay online and pick up my books in store?
If you select a credit card as your payment method and “This Is An In-Store Pickup" in the delivery screen, we will charge your credit card when your order is complete. You will receive an email notification when your order is ready. Please do not attempt to pick-up your order prior to receiving email notification. All paid store pick-up orders will be held for seven (7) days and can be picked up by providing your name. Please allow 1-2 business days for processing time. Orders not picked up within seven (7) days will automatically be refunded. Additionally, please note that while we do our best to process all orders as soon as possible, our online inventory is the same as our in-store inventory and therefore may be subject to prior sale. This is rare to have happened, however, the database is the same so this should avoid any method of double selling.
Can I reserve the books and pay at the store?
If you select “Pay In-Store" in the payment options screen and “This Is An In-Store Pickup" in the delivery screen, we will hold the books and you may choose the method of payment when you arrive at the store. You will receive an email notification when your order is ready for pick-up. Please do not attempt to pick up your order prior to receiving email notification. All unpaid pick-up orders will be held for three (3) days and can be picked up by providing your name. Orders not picked up within three days will be cancelled and the items returned to stock for general sale. Please allow 1-2 business days for processing time. Additionally, please note that while we do our best to process all orders as soon as possible, our online inventory is the same as our in-store inventory and therefore may be subject to prior sale.
Please note that “online only" and “delivery" items require payment at the time of checkout; therefore, “Pay In-Store" is not an option. Also, please be aware that orders containing “online only" items can take an additional processing time as these items are not held on site.
Postage & Returns
In case of error or damage
Whilst we try to provide a perfect service, problems do happen occasionally, and there are sometimes manufacturing faults in books which are not apparent at the time of despatch. If you receive incorrect, damaged or faulty goods, please contact us within 28 days of delivery, explaining the problem, so that we can advise you on the best course of action. You may contact us in any of the following ways:
|(07) 5494 3666|
|+61 7 5494 3666|
|The Maleny Bookshop|
Shop 2, 41 Maple Street, Maleny QLD 4552
If you are in Australia, we will provide a pre-paid label to enable you to return the item(s) to us without charge. Please pack the item(s) to be returned carefully, attach the label, take the package to your Post Office and obtain a proof of posting.
WE CANNOT REFUND POSTAGE COSTS IF ITEMS ARE RETURNED WITHOUT THIS AUTHORITY.
For customers outside Australia, the cost of return postage will be refunded provided you have contacted us first, and have followed our instructions for the return.
If we ask you to return incorrect items please ensure they are well packed, as damaged returns will not be accepted.
Experience has shown that many DVDs returned to us play well on our test equipment – we therefore ask you to try any DVD on more than one machine before contacting us.
Your statutory rights are not affected.
Stock items are normally despatched the next day after receipt of the order via Australia Post or a Contract Parcel Service like Startrack or Toll. However, following the mailing of a catalogue, and also in the pre-Christmas period, handling of orders can take a little longer than usual. You will probably receive your order a little later than normal. We will advise you if any items are out of stock.
Domestic Express Post
Please select this option at the checkout if required.
To Non Australian Addresses
Normal Service – Surface Post
Stock items are normally despatched within a few days of receipt of the order via a postal Consolidator. However, following the mailing of a catalogue, and also in the pre-Christmas period, handling of orders can take a little longer than usual. Deliveries by Surface Mail can take anything from 3-4 weeks to most. countries. For orders large orders going overseas, we may need to verify payment before delivery.
For a faster delivery, items can be sent by Air Mail, which normally gives a delivery time of 10-14 days, but this is subject to delays at Customs and local delivery services – we therefore ask you to allow up to 28 days for delivery.
Selling to us
The Maleny Bookshop is seeking to buy quality books, whether you have one volume or a library of thousands. We buy a wide variety of books including the most recent bestsellers, classic literature, and graphic novels; scholarly and academic books (art, philosophy, etc.); as well as fine bindings, signed books, and autographed material, and other rare and antiquarian books and manuscripts. We also buy sheet music in good condition.
For titles we can use, we pay in cash, by check, or an in-store credit.
We buy records, factory-sealed CDs, and Audiobooks (on CD). No DVD’s, VHS, Bluray, or cassettes.
All books and items must be evaluated in-store to accurately assess their resale value. We are able to go through about 30-40 books while you wait.
All books must be in good condition. Paperbacks must be like-new in order for us to consider them. There can be no markings within any of the texts—no highlighting, underlining, or marginalia. We are unable to pay for any advanced reader’s copies/uncorrected proofs, ex-library books, or out-of-date material such as computer manuals, travel guides, test prep, and education books. We generally do not deal with textbooks, however, we will consider some fashion and art-related textbooks. We buy very selectively in children’s and young adult books. We are mainly interested in classic titles.
Before bringing in a larger quantity of books, we encourage you to contact us by phone at (07) 5494 3666 or at email@example.com to discuss the best way to proceed. Please, be prepared to answer questions similar to the following:
How many books do you have for sale? (You can count a couple shelves, get an average, and multiply by the number of shelves to get an estimate.)
What is the condition of the books?
What subject matters are you selling? (Not individual titles)
Have you already sold or disposed of any of the collection?
Do you have a way of getting your books to the store?
If contacting us by email, please include a phone number where you can be reached.
Large drop-offs are subject to the approval of a buyer.
When sending an email, please consider including photos of the bookshelves in which the spines are legible (no need to photograph each book individually). Photos are much more helpful than lists and faster to create!
For substantial and more valuable libraries, we may be able to send our truck to pack and pick up your books.
Books which are dropped off or picked up will be evaluated and we will pay you fair market value for those we can use; however, anything we cannot pay for we cannot return to you. If you would like the option to take back any books, please bring in the recommended smaller amount of 30-40 books.
Are you interested in selling your rare, collectible, or antiquarian books? We’re happy to take a look at items we believe we can sell. People often ask, “What makes a book rare?" To put it simply, it’s a combination of scarcity plus desirability that makes something valuable.
Collectors are generally looking for items in a condition close to how they were originally published. For this reason, condition is the first factor in determining the value of any book. It’s always best for us to see your books in person in our store, or if locally, we can come to you. If you’re unable to easily bring them in you can send us an email with pictures with the following : title, author, publisher, and edition, if you know it. We consider a first edition a first printing only. Also, let us know if there’s anything significant about your copy (signed, numbered, etc). When attaching pictures please be sure to show the title and/or copyright page and any condition issues (bumping, cracking, soiling, etc). From there we can let you know our interest and the best way to proceed.
We are unable to offer estimates over the phone.
Please note: We do not offer appraisals (for insurance purposes or otherwise) but you may find a capable dealer through the ABAA website.
All books and items must be evaluated in-store to accurately assess their resale value. We are unable to make any offers or assessments without seeing the books in person.
A buyer will go through your books and let you know one amount we are able to pay for everything. You will have the option to take back or leave behind everything we can’t pay you for. (However, we are not a charity and cannot provide any sort of tax receipt; nor are we able to take in large quantities of books which do not have resale value for us.)
The buyer will pay you in cash, cheque, or enter your store credit into our system under your name.
First of all, congratulations! That’s an amazing job.
If you would like for your book to be considered for the shelves at the Maleny Bookshop, email our book buyers at firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information:
Publisher/How to Order:
If you prefer, you may also mail one copy of the book (which will not be returned) to the following address with a note outlining the above information:
The Maleny Bookshop
C/o Author Submission
Shop 2/41 Maple St
Maleny QLD 4552
Note that mailing a copy does not guarantee it will be sold in store, however we may add it to our online store.
Should your book be selected, The Maleny Bookshop will contact you directly for further details. Due to the high volume of requests, please be aware that it may take up to 4 weeks for The Maleny Bookshop to reply to author inquiries.
Get in touch
Our shop is open seven days a week excluding major public holidays like Christmas and News Year Day. From time to time we close the shop for holidays but, I’m not sure what they are these days! However, the online store is open 24/7 365. Assuming I remember to pay the internet bill!