Est. 2017. Hand-picked Used and New Books & Movies.

About

Big Story Books & Movies is Central Oregon’s largest used & new bookstore.  We rose out of The Bookmark, which had been the largest used bookstore in Bend for 14 years before its owners retired in early 2017 and Big Story took the baton and transformed the location.

Big Story is owned and personally operated by Josh and Heidi Spencer, who are also owners of the world-renowned Last Bookstore in Los Angeles.  Although it’s smaller than the Last Bookstore, visitors to Big Story can expect the same attention to artistic design and a hand-picked selection of classic, popular, and uncommon books and movies.

*Note to customers with store credit from the previous store:  We will be honoring it through Jan 2018 at 20% off anything in Big Story Books & Movies, including brand new books.  Most of our used book prices are cheaper than the Bookmark’s so the 20% should be equivalent or better than the 50% credit you were used to before.  (Any new credit given can be used in full; see below for our buy/trade policy.)

VISIT

228 NE Greenwood Ave
Bend, OR 97701

Just off of 3rd St.

Hours of Operation:
Mon-Sat 10a-5p
Sun closed

Parking:  We share a parking lot with Colima Market and have plenty of free spaces.

Sell/Trade/Donate Books

We buy and trade books during all open hours.  If you don’t need to sell or trade, we also appreciate donations, which help us stay in business.

How it works:  Bring your items in to our store.  We’ll take a look and determine what we can make an offer on.  No limit, but if you have more than 10 boxes a house call might be better.  Email us or call 541-617-9271 to request a house call.  If emailing about a large collection, please include at least 10-15 photos that each clearly show around 10-20 spines representative of the collection.

You’ll usually need to bring your items in from your car yourself.  We have a handtruck you can use.

After evaluating your items (usually takes about 5 minutes per box or bag), we’ll make you a Credit offer or a Cash or TRADE offer.   The store credit trade offer is 50% more than any Cash offer, and can be used in full for all used and new books and movies. 

Our CASH or TRADE offer will be 20-50% of what we can re-sell your items for.  For common everyday books, that usually translates to $1-3 that we would pay for each.  For current textbooks, collectible books, recently published books, and others we are more likely to pay quite a bit more.  You are welcome to donate any items we make no offer for, but we prefer if you can take them with you.

If you have old credit leftover from previous store The Bookmark, you can still use that through Feb 2018 for 20% off any items in the store, including New books and DVDs.  Our used book prices are mostly lower than the Bookmark’s prices were, so the discount is as good or better on most items than with the Bookmark.

 

WHAT DO WE BUY?

We buy more books than anyone in central Oregon, from all categories.  We’re able to do that because we send some to our LA store as well as online.

Remember the 7 C’s:  Condition, Current, Classic, Collectible, Curious, Commonly-Asked For, and Current Inventory!

Condition:  Items need to be in very good or better condition.
We don’t usually take the conditions below except maybe for an author on our Hot List (see below):
-paperbacks with creased or bowed spines
-hardcovers with missing or torn dust jackets
-water or humidity damage of any kind
-really bent corners or warping
-smoky smell
-really dusty or dirty
-broken bindings
-scratched DVDs
-kids books with any wear or damage at all

Current:  We usually take titles published within the last year or two.  Or three.
Classic:  We look for titles that are highly regarded as good within their genre.  That could be any category.
Collectible:  Rare, signed, first editions, antiques…that sort of thing.  Collectible according to us.
Curious:  Titles we don’t see that often, that look interesting.  Generally only a rule for non-fiction.  We don’t usually buy obscure novels.
Commonly-Asked For:  Just what it sounds like.  Encompasses current, classic, and ordinary steady sellers.
Current Inventory:  Assuming the condition passes and it’s one of the other Cs above, we’ll also check if we need any more copies.

CATEGORIES we usually need the most (again, in very good condition):

  • classics
  • horror
  • true crime
  • philosophy
  • recent or like new art & photo books
  • contemporary literature
  • counterculture
  • current textbooks published the past 3 years
  • fashion
  • graphic novels
  • mathematics
  • music books
  • non-fiction
  • recent cookbooks
  • young adult
    and much more!

Please note!  Just because you buy something from us doesn’t mean we’ll take it back later.  In many cases we will, but not if it fails our condition standards or we already have enough copies or not enough room in that section.

BOOKS we never buy:

  • Books that smell like smoke
  • Encyclopedias
  • Reader’s Digest
  • Dirty, moldy, or broken books
  • magazines from the past 20 years
  • most hardcover novels, unless by an author on the most-wanted list
  • kids books not in like-new condition
  • old cookbooks, business, computer reference, health, or politics

LIST OF WRITERS WE USUALLY BUY (by no means complete):

  • ALBERT CAMUS
  • ALDOUS HUXLEY
  • ALFRED BESTER
  • ALLEN GINSBERG
  • AYN RAND
  • BILL BRYSON
  • BRET EASTON ELLIS
  • C.S. LEWIS
  • CARL JUNG
  • CARLOS CASTANEDA
  • CHARLES BUKOWSKI
  • CHESTER HIMES
  • CHUCK PALAHNIUK
  • CORMAC MCCARTHY
  • DAVE EGGERS
  • DAVID FOSTER WALLACE
  • DAVID MITCHELL
  • DAVID RAKOFF
  • DON DELILLO
  • DONNA TARTT
  • EMILY DICKINSON
  • ERNEST HEMINGWAY
  • F. SCOTT FITZGERALD
  • FLANNERY O’CONNOR
  • FRANZ KAFKA
  • FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE
  • FYODOR DOSTOYEVSKY
  • GABRIEL GARCIA MARQUEZ
  • GEORGE ORWELL
  • GEORGE R.R. MARTIN
  • H.P. LOVECRAFT
  • HARUKI MURAKAMI
  • HOWARD ZINN
  • HUNTER S. THOMPSON
  • IAN FLEMING
  • IMMANUEL KANT
  • ITALO CALVINO
  • J.D. SALINGER
  • J.G. BALLARD
  • J.R.R. TOLKIEN
  • JACK KEROUAC
  • JACQUES DERRIDA
  • JAMES M. CAIN
  • JEAN-PAUL SARTRE
  • JEFFREY EUGENIDES
  • JIM THOMPSON
  • JOAN DIDION
  • JOHN FANTE
  • JONATHAN FRANZEN
  • JONATHAN LETHEM
  • JORGE LUIS BORGES
  • KURT VONNEGUT
  • MARGARET ATWOOD
  • MARIO VARGA LLOSA
  • MICHAEL CHABON
  • MICHEL FOUCAULT
  • MIKE DAVIS
  • NEIL GAIMAN
  • OLIVER SACKS
  • PABLO NERUDA
  • PHILIP K. DICK
  • RAINER MARIA RILKE
  • RAY BRADBURY
  • RAYMOND CHANDLER
  • RICHARD BRAUTIGAN
  • RICHARD P. FEYNMAN
  • ROBERT HEINLEIN
  • ROBERTO BOLANO
  • SALMAN RUSHDIE
  • SIGMUND FREUD
  • SLAVOJ ZIZEK
  • STEPHEN KING
  • SYLVIA PLATH
  • TERRY PRATCHETT
  • THOMAS PYNCHON
  • VLADIMIR NABOKOV
    …AND MANY MORE

 

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Contact Us

228 NE Greenwood Ave
Bend, OR 97701
541-617-9271
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