Customer Service

Special Orders

BookPeople's shelves aren't big enough to hold every book in the world...so we submit orders every single day to make sure we get the books our customers want as quickly as possible.

For the best service, please place special orders in person at the store, or use this website to special order your books. You can use the "Shop for New Books" box on the right hand side, and order the book directly through this website. If you found the book on another website such as Amazon, we encourage you to cut and paste the 13 digit ISBN from that site into our search box to take you directly to what you need. We handle order processing personally, even through the website.

We will ship books to you for just 99 cents if your order is over $30, or, you can indicate that you'd like to pick them up in the store, for no shipping fee whatsoever. 

We can also ship books directly from our supplier to you or someone else through Ingram's "Direct to Home" service, saving you the hassle of wrapping it and then standing in line at the post office. Gift wrapping is available with this service for a small fee, and you can include a gift message with the book. Media mail shipping costs nothing for "Direct to Home," and priority mail is available for a nominal fee.

If a special order is difficult to find, out of print, out of stock, self-published, or from a very small publisher, it might take several weeks to arrive. If the book is not available from our usual distributors, will will get the details of the book you want, do some research, and get back to you about the cost and estimated arrival date. Full prepayment will be required for special orders that we can not obtain from our usual distributors. Special orders are not returnable for any reason, except manufacturing defects.

We do not charge extra for shipping for special orders picked up in the store, except in very rare circumstances, such as you needing it shipped extra quickly. 

Returns and Refunds

We do our best to offer only high quality books and merchandise for sale, and to help you find exactly what you want. It is also the customer's responsibility to be aware of what you are buying, and to examine it to be sure it is exactly what you want. However, despite all our best efforts, sometimes a customer would like to return a book. When we accept a return, we offer store credit only, details below. We do not refund cash, credit cards, or checks.

If you are unhappy with a book you purchased at BookPeople or a book that was purchased at BookPeople and given to you as a gift, we are happy to give you store credit for the book if it is unread and still in absolutely new condition, and returned to us within 30 days after its purchase. (Trust us, we are professionals and can tell if a book has been read. Even if we decide to accept it to avoid embarrassing you, we will still know what you have done.) Store credit will be placed onto a store gift card for future use if you are unable to take the time to find a replacement item at the time of return. Gift cards can be used in the store or on our website.

Items that are found to have defects in manufacturing can be returned for store credit or replacement within 30 days of purchase. 

Returns are only accepted for new books purchased at regular price from the store stock. They are not accepted for special orders of any kind, including used, out of print, or new books. We can not accept returns of books purchased elsewhere, books that are not in new and absolutely unread condition, books from the sale table or used section, or books that were purchased more than a month earlier. We can not accept returns of books on CD, candy bars or other small items such as buttons or bookmarks, puzzles, or calendars.

We reserve the right to refuse or accept returns in exception to our stated policies, depending on the individual situation and merchandise in question.

Customer Loyalty Rewards

Participating in Customer Loyalty Rewards is super easy and you don't even have to carry around a little card in your wallet. Just give us your name and we'll enter it into our point of sale system. Then, whenever you shop, remind us of your name, and we'll make sure your purchases are credited to you. Whenever you've reached the point of having spent $150 on regularly priced eligible merchandise (most things but there are a few exceptions), you are awarded a 15% off discount on your next shopping trip. Then it starts over accumulating sales towards your next Customer Loyalty Reward.

Our point of sale software tracks the program for us, it is not a manual process, and our staff does not have the discretion to apply your loyalty discount manually. The loyalty discount is a customer perk and privilege, not an entitlement. We reserve the right to alter the program or eliminate it at any time should it become too much of a hassle for us or if it is the object of angst or abuse.

Nothing in our point of sale system expires. So even if it takes you a year to get up to having spent $150, or only a month, your Customer Loyalty Reward discount will be there for you once you've earned it. Once you've used it, the discount goes away until you've accumulated another $150 in sales.

If you spend more than $150 at a time, anything over $150 goes towards your next discount. For instance, if you spend $300 in one go at BookPeople, you will earn two 15% discounts for your next 2 shopping trips.

Please note that if you have earned a Customer Loyalty discount, and you choose not to use it on your next eligible purchase, perhaps because you want to save it for a bigger purchase, that current purchase can not be credited to you. The point of sale can't save a Customer Loyalty Rewards discount for which you are eligible for future use while also still crediting new purchases to you. 

You are not required to join the Customer Loyalty Rewards program! If you, like several of our customers, are so loyal that you don't want us to ever give you a discount - but just want to go into the annals of the most beloved and selfless customers ever who helped preserve a cultural institution for the good of the community and future generations of readers - then please, just let us know, and we'll make sure you're not part of the program.