671 Maltman Drive #3
As good a used book store as you can expect in an area of 25,000 people with a dozen book dealers.
We share space with Sierra Mountain Coffee Roasters, which serves great coffee, tea and other drinks, great light meals and snacks and has the friendliest staff this side of Winnemucca.
The coffee shop is open Monday through Friday from 7 AM to 4 PM, Saturday from 8 to 2 (summer hours until 12 August). The bookstore may stay open an hour or two later; we're still figuring out what works best. The two businesses share two rooms, one of which has a state-of-the-art dance floor and is available for events: inquire at 530-477-5282. Here's a complete calendar for SMCR.
Eric, the owner of Tomes, is usually on the premises from 10 AM to 4 PM Monday through Friday; he stays until 6 when he can. He comes in on Saturday afternoon when there are book presentations, usually at 2 PM. The Sierra Mountain staff sells the books when he isn't around.
Buying and trading
We are always happy to look at your books. Like most used book dealers, we've accumulated much more over the years than we can fit on our shelves. We are therefore very selective in what we take in but see some books every day that we just can't resist.
We try to keep our prices roughly even for books of the same size and quality. That means that we may sell older books at more than their cover price and new ones at much less. On average we sell mass market paperbacks between $1 and $4, trade paperbacks between $3 and $7 and hardbacks between $6 and $12.
If you want cash for your books we'll usually offer between 30% and 40% of what we'll sell them for depending on how badly we want them. If you want trade credit we'll usually offer between 40% and 50%. We may offer much less for books that we already have copies of. We're glad to give you a mix of cash and credit; we frequently will take some books for credit that we don't want to offer cash for.
What we're looking for
We'll take really good books in any category. Right now the only categories we're not overstocked in are