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Frequently asked Questions & Answers
  • Are all your books used?
    About 90% of our books are used.

  • How many books do you have on your shelves?
    About 12,000 books.

  • Are they all listed online?
    About 60% of these books can be found online.

  • Do you stock academic or computer books?
    No. Most of them are bulky and being a small store there is little space to accommodate them.

  • Can we source books through you?
    We usually limit this service to our regular customers only. So if it is your first time and you want to place an order for a computer book that weighs 3 kg, then the answer is NO!

  • Do you take any deposits for books that we request for?
    Almost never.

  • Can we trade in our books?
    Yes. But if you are thinking of exchanging one book for another, then it is NO. Usually, you get a credit against the books you bring in which you can use to purchase other books from us.

  • I have a big box of books at home to sell. Do I have to bring it over to the store?
    If the books are a larger quantity (more than 100) then, we would certainly come over to appraise it. Otherwise it is best to bring it in person.

  • What kind of books do you buy?
    The current demand is for books under the following categories:-
    Art & Crafts, Architecture, Biographies, Business, Cooking, Health, Home & Garden, History & Politics, Music, Non-Fiction, Science, Self-Help, Religion & Philosophy, War & Military.

  • What kind of books are you not interested in?
    As we already have a fairly abundant collection of Children's Books (except board books for kids below 5 years), General Fiction, Romance, Western, we are not interested to stock them at the moment. And certainly not old computer and academic books. If you are in doubt please call us before you bring books to the store.

  • I bought a book for 3 KD at another bookstore. I read it just once and it looks so new. How much will you pay for it?
    Our purchasing price has very little to do with what you bought it for. Very often the average price we pay for a fiction book in very good condition is just 250 fills each. Of course, non-fiction books fetch you more depending on if it is saleable. But if you are not satisfied with this, you can always sign up for our "Sell Through" feature.

  • How long has it been since the store started?
    We started out at the end of July 2003 with a store which had more space than books. Now it is the other way around!

  • Do you accept KNET or credit card?
    Unfortunately no. As of now we only accept cash.

  • Why don't you move to Salmiya or Fahaheel?
    The idea has definitively crossed our minds. Hopefully someday you could just walk across to a used bookstore instead of having to drive all the way to the city.

  • What are the major English language book stores in Kuwait?
    There is a) Kuwait Book Shop b) Jarir Bookstore 3) Virgin 4) Family Bookshop.

  • Are there any other used book stores in Kuwait?
    Sadly none. We were the only ones mad enough to start one!

  • I want to start a similar bookstore in Kuwait. Will you partner with me?
    Sure. Be prepared to put in a lot of hard work!

  • Is your bookstore for sale?
    For the right price, everything is.

  • Do you serve tea?
    No. Just coffee. Don't forget to bring your own mug!