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We recommend buying books using our online store as soon as possible in the summer months. This way, if you select to purchase previously loved books, we will prepare cleaned and reconditioned copies for your order, if we have those used books in stock. The sooner you come in, the more likely we will have your book as a reconditioned copy.
If you select “pick up” in store, it will take only a few days, and we will call you as soon as your order is ready. When you pick up your books, you will have the opportunity to examine your order before taking it home. We guarantee that all our reconditioned books are in tip-top condition.
These recommendations also apply to customers who want to come in and buy their books in person.
We’ve been buying back tons of books – our shelves are stocked and reconditioned books are ready to fly out the door.
We provide textbooks to our customers on a first come first serve basis.
CURRENT STORE HOURS
Mon-Wed: 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Thursday: 9:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Friday: 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
And in August we will be open on Sundays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
ISBN stands for International Standard Book Number. An ISBN is a special code on a book, which indicates a book’s identity in an international registry. Today, an ISBN almost always corresponds to the number on a book’s barcode, but sometimes the number is unique (if, for example, the seller has changed the barcode for its own use). So, when looking for a book by code, you should always search using the ISBN.
The ISBN can be found at the back of the book above the bar code or on the copyright page, which is behind the title page. ISBNs come in 10 or 13 characters.
Matching an ISBN is especially helpful when distinguishing between books that might have a similar name, when making sure you have the right edition, or when sorting through books with the same authors and similar subjects. Most importantly, an ISBN is registered internationally, so that means you can use it to find a book anywhere!
Depending on the course, different editions can mean important changes that might affect your learning experience.
Sometimes different editions have minor changes and page number differences. At other times, new editions can have entire sections or chapters included or removed. These sections might have important information that is relevant to your course work and the quality of your learning.
When new editions are released, the old editions go out of print, so we can’t replace our inventory with that edition. This means teachers can’t ensure consistency in teaching materials if we distribute old book editions.
For this reason, many schools have adopted policies that students must use the most current edition as instructed by their classroom teacher. So, it’s Alpha Textbooks’ job to make sure that we give you the most current edition in use.
If you have a copy of a textbook at home, but aren’t sure that it is the current edition in use by your school, give us a call at (416) 461-3542, or check out the Alpha Textbooks website
Lots of people call the store asking when it’s the best time to order used books. While you always have the option of selecting used books as part of your order, we distribute the books on a first come first serve basis.
By July, we’ve had time to complete all our buybacks from schools and families, and we’ve made sure that the books are in good condition for you to use for the new school year.
So, if you have your course list, we recommend placing your order in July.
Then, we recommend you have a great summer!
If the book is still in circulation, we’re happy to give you up to 50 per cent back of the used book price, even after you’ve spent the year using it.
We want to make sure that you get fair value for your book. So the amount you can get back always depends on the quality, condition and edition, as well as the quantity we have in stock. So sell early!
You can sell your books all year round.
Check out our post How do I sell you my books? for more information on buy backs.
We refund on VISA, MasterCard or debit. Sorry, no cash on buybacks.
It’s true. We buy back your books! At a fair price too. We buy new or used textbooks, teacher’s resources, unused workbooks, novels and reference books. We accept elementary, middle and high school books as well as some university and college level books.
The best way to get all the answers you need about your specific books is to come into the store and bring the books with you. That way we can assess the books’ condition right on the spot.
If you think the book is a bit older, and you’re not sure we will take it back, you can email us a list of your books (include ISBN’s, titles and authors). You can also call us at (416) 461-3542 or 1-877-63-ALPHA (1-877-632-5742).
We like to make it easy for you, so we hold regular buyback sessions at various schools, during semester changes and course completions. Send us an email and find out when we’re coming to your school!
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