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Save money. Save paper. Used Books Monthly.

Get a fun book surprise in the mail every month! We believe books should continue to be circulated and that an author's work should endure. We select the best quality used books randomly from our inventory based on your selected genres. Every shipment is unique and may contain your next favorite book! -2 book envelope $8.49 -4 book box $16.99
  • Your books are hand selected based on your selected genres and reading preferences.
  • Only used books meeting our quality standards are sent.
  • We find new readers for used books, keeping author's work in circulation.
  • Keep the books you love, and pass the others on to someone who will!

Customer Questions (99)


Q: how do I change genres in the gently used books category? I purchased it as a gift, and the recipient doesnt like the genre I chose.Asked by Rosemarie D., March 2021

Used Books Monthly answered...April 2021

Hi! Thank you for your question! To change your choices, you need to contact our wonderful customer service representative, Vickie at


Q: Hello, emailed twice and asked on FB, but no answer. I signed up mid-May and read that the first shipment is sent by the 5th of each month, but when I check the status it still says curating. Help?Asked by Noelle K., June 2020

Used Books Monthly answered...October 2021

Please contact support and they will be happy to resolve any issues. We have updated our systems and staffing over time and have been up to date on shipments.

Because of what's going on right now it may take a little longer

by Mickey S., June 2020


Q: How will I be able to choose or change the genre of books sent to me?Asked by Dee D., January 2021

Used Books Monthly answered...May 2021

They are chosen at checkout. To change them later, you simply reach out to us via e-mail with the changes you would like to make.


Q: Is there a way to change the genre preferences? I accidentally picked self help instead of sci fi.Asked by Dragon S., January 2021

Used Books Monthly answered...May 2021

Yes, send an e-mail to our support address with the changes you would like to make and we will get it handled.
Thank you,

Reviews (386)

Try the surprise me

Jan 15, 2023
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Desiree B.
1 Review
Subscribed for 11 days

I selected surprise me. I received my two books promptly. I started the first one (not my typical genre) on a Monday and completed by Friday. So looking forward to starting the next book and my next shipment.

Criss cross

Jan 09, 2023
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Loyd S.
1 Review
Subscribed for 19 days

Haven't read the book yet but they look very interesting. Good selection, and a couple were authors I currently read.

Great Concept - Not Great Execution

Jan 22, 2023
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Kathryn G.
1 Review
1 Helpful
Subscribed for 2 months

Ultimately, this box wasn't for me or for the person I gifted it to, as is reflected in my ratings. I'm sure it is perfect for some, but my friend likes certain genres and strongly dislikes others. I had purchased a 3 month subscription thinking it'd be a fun way for her to explore new books within the selected genres given that she has mobility and transportation issues after an accident. I loved the concept of someone picking books and not knowing what you're getting, but I liked that it had the parameters of staying within your selected genres. An excellent product in concept and if properly executed, this crate could be great!
Unfortunately, 2 out of 3 total months my genre selections were not used due to a "glitch" in their system to collect preferences, even after I had manually emailed them in after receiving the first box. Most of the books my friend received were not within the selected genres. She hasn't received her third box yet (in the mail), so hopefully those genres are incorporated this time.

Xmas Gift Idea

Dec 21, 2022
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Christopher W.
1 Review
Subscribed for 8 days

It was a great gift idea!

Great selections!

Oct 19, 2022
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Tasnuva E.
1 Review
Subscribed for 10 days

The selections were perfect in fantasy genre! I'm familiar with the titles and didn't read them before! I got the first series for Sanderson so hoping in my next box the second book will be there as a continuation! Excited for what's to come next. Thank you!

A Great Book Box!

Oct 19, 2022
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Reagan R.
1 Review
Subscribed for 9 days

So far, Used Books Monthly has been great! I’ve received my first box, which came very fast, and had a great selection. Three out of four of my books were brand new, which was a nice little surprise. The books I received fit my genre choices well, and I just finished reading on of them, which I liked a lot! This is a great service that id environmentally conscious and affordable. It’s also nice not knowing what you’re getting each month.

Better Books

Dec 05, 2022
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Aliza R.
1 Review
Subscribed for 3 days

I would like a better variety of books most I didn't like them.

Not exactly what I thought but good!

Oct 17, 2022
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Michelle T.
1 Review
Subscribed for 10 days

I was hoping for at least one author I'd heard of but that was not the case, with that being said, I have not had a chance to read them yet. However, they seem to be in the correct genre! They were in very good shape as well! I look forward to next month. I will wait to change my create selection, but I may end up going to a different selection after next month.

great service - great product

Jul 06, 2022
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Jennifer B.
1 Review
Subscribed for 2 years

Great service run by great people who are kind and easy to work with. I love that used books are getting new life.

Used Books Monthly said...Jul 13, 2022

Thank you Jennifer! Your kind words mean so much :)


Aug 30, 2022
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Elizabeth C.
1 Review
1 Helpful
Subscribed for 2 days

Hi, I have emailed you guys two or three times and haven't gotten responses, I sent one email about my book preferences and I sent one asking what date my box will be shipped.

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