Book Conditions

We have millions of books looking for a home. Some may be better loved than others, but we stand behind every book we ship. Here you can find out how we grade our books:

Just what it says, direct from the publisher or distributor.

Like New
Could easily be mistaken for brand new. Undamaged cover, no missing pages, all pages undamaged (no creases or tears), no underlining/highlighting of text, no damage to binding, no writing in margins. If the book normally has a dust jacket, the jacket is included. This book may be an overstock/remainder. 

Very Good
In great condition for a used book. Has been read, but has no easily noticeable damage to the cover, dust jackets should be included, all pages are present and undamaged (no creases or tears), minimal underlining/highlighting of text (perhaps on a few pages), no writing in margins, very minimal identifying marks inside cover (may include an inscription), very minimal wear and tear. May be ex-library, with usual treatments, if noted in the comments.

Very minimal damage to the cover (no holes or tears, only minimal scuff marks), dust jacket may not be included, minimal wear to binding, majority of pages undamaged (minimal creases or tears), highlighting/underlining acceptable on books as long as text is readable and it is not an excessive amount, no missing pages. May be ex-library, with usual treatments, if noted in the comments.

These are books that have been saved from being unnecessarily discarded. This book has a lot of history, but still deserves a loving home. Some significant wear to the cover but still intact; binding may be slightly weak but all pages attached. There might be writing in margins, or underlining/highlighting of text; there are no missing pages. Dust jacket may not be included. May be slightly stained or discolored, but not excessive. This item can be ex-library with usual treatments or has unusual or minimal damage, such as water or binding damage.

Please keep in mind that because we deal mostly in used books, any extra components, such as CDs, DVDs, figurines, or access codes are usually not included. Our current policy is as follows:

CDs/DVDs: If the book does include a CD or DVD, it will be noted in the book's condition description ("With CD!"). Otherwise, there is no CD or DVD included, even if the term is used in the book's title. This is because items published with these qualifiers are legally binding and cannot be adjusted by sellers.

Access Codes: Unless the book is described as "New," please assume that the book does not have an access code.

We do our very best to grade products consistently and accurately to ensure that they adhere to these guidelines. If you have further questions about the condition of a book, please feel welcome to contact Customer Care directly by submitting a request or emailing us at
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