We Buy Books


We buy

Hardcover books


Single copies or entire libraries In print or out-of-print

Buying Hours

10 AM to 6 PM

Monday through Saturday

We`ll pay you cash or 20% more in store credit If you’re curious whether we’re interested in what you have, give us a call at 805-962-3321 or write us at: [email protected]

Selling books to The Book Den

We are always interested in buying good books. Generally we look for books of lasting value in good condition. For each book we wish to buy, we try to determine our selling price, taking both the local market and the Internet into account. Scarce books in high demand bring high prices. More common books, or those with low demand sell for less. We pay you a percentage of our selling price which varies with the saleability, scarcity and desirability of the book. If you would like to take credit toward other books, we will pay you 20% more than the cash offer.


The condition of books is extremely important. We don’t buy books which have writing, underlining or highlighting. Hardcover books should have their dust jackets if published with one. And nobody likes books which are dirty or water-stained.

Examples of things we buy

Scholarly & academic books in most disciplines

Standard back-list literature

Contemporary literary fiction, especially in trade paperback

Mystery, Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy paperbacks

Collectible modern first editions

Santa Barbara, California & Western Regional History

Architecture, especially of California, Mexico, Spain & the Mediterranean

Examples of things we don’t buy

Most text books

Paperback romances

Reader’s digest condensed books

A hardcover copy of last year’s fiction bestseller which is now out in paperback