Currently, in-stock orders for pickup are filled in one to two days. Books that are not in stock will be ordered for you and we'll send you a notification email with an estimated timeframe for your order (order turnaround depends on which warehouse in which part of the country is shipping us the book). Please note that the pandemic is still affecting warehouse operations and distribution.
We are doing our best to process your online orders quickly. However, with a small team, there is a delay between when you place your order and when one of our booksellers enters it into our system, pulls and processes any in-stock books, and reaches out to you with an update. You will get an update posted to your online order and emailed to you once we've started processing your order. (Check your spam filter if you don't see an email come in.)
In-Store Pickup versus Shipping:
We strongly recommend choosing in-store pickup on your order for two reasons: (1) we process each book on a pickup order as soon as it arrives, so a backordered or not-yet-published book won’t hold up the rest of your order; and (2) our customers have experienced long USPS delays and a major uptick in porch theft in the last year with shipped books. In-store pickup is faster and more reliable.
However, your books are not available for pickup immediately. Please wait to receive a notification that your order is ready before coming to the store.
Due to space limitations, we hold orders for 90 days after they're ready for pickup, then consider them abandoned and donate them.
We continue to offer shipping, and will happily ship your order if that’s the best option for you. We recommend Priority Mail, which has been much more reliable than Media Mail over the last 18 months.
Members in our Friends with Benefits program get free Media Mail shipping as a benefit of membership, and we will continue to offer that service. However, we're also offering discounted Priority Mail for members (starting at $5.95) to give them a more reliable option.
To apply your Friends with Benefits member discount to your online order, choose Apply Member Discount in the Cart. This button won't update the book prices automatically -- we do that manually before we charge your card.
You can purchase or redeem gift cards on our website.
When paying with a gift card, our website won't be able to verify the amount on your gift card, so it also asks for a credit card, so we can charge your card for any balance not covered by the gift card.
Free gift wrapping is now available online. In your Cart, you'll see a message that says "Need Gift Wrapping? Click here." That link will take you to a form where you can identify the items that are part of that gift, fill out To and From information, and include a gift message.