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Books

About Us

WHO WE ARE

Well Read Books is a Social Enterprise that sells second-hand and donated books to raise funds for AIDS NGO Wola Nani. We specialize in cult, classic and collectible authors (especially hard-to-find, out of print titles), but our selection ranges from Modern First Editions, vintage children’s books and Africana right up to contemporary paperback best-sellers in mint condition. Well Read Books also sells CDs and DVDs for music and movie lovers.

WHERE WE ARE

Well Read Books doesn’t have a bricks and mortar shop and sells via pop-up stalls at various shopping centres in and around Cape Town. Please check the calendar for details of our next sale in your area.

WHAT WE DO

Well Read Books has several points of difference. For starters, our stock is not randomly displayed. We can’t put out all the books that we get given so we spend a lot of time editing our stock. Our array of books, art-house movies and seminal CDs has been so empathetically arrayed that one can say that a Well Read Books sale is actually ‘curated’. Dust Jackets are protected in archival plastic and collectible books are researched online with printouts from comparative international dealers. (Well Read generally prices to 50% of overseas values).

But we don’t just sell books, movies and music – we create pop-up events with appeal that pull readers as well as general consumers to our venues. Well Read staged Ernest Hemingway’s Library at Cape Quarter Lifestyle Village (which included whisky tastings in the evenings) and we created the inaugural V&A Waterfront Book Fair partnering with all the other book retailers at this premier shopping destination. If you’re looking for an excuse to buy a book – like you need one! – Well Read is bringing a fresh take to the joy of browsing books at a shopping centre near you!

WHAT CAN YOU DO?

Got any books, CDs, DVDs you want to donate? Please bring them to our next sale (check out calendar) or contact us to arrange for collection. What Well Read can’t use, we pass along to libraries and literacy and education NGOs. We never pulp or throw away books and make every effort to fix, mend and restore desirable books so that their maximum resale value can be realised.

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LOOKING FOR A BOOK?

Please make use of our Book-Hunter service and log your request. We also run request lists for movies, TV series and CDs.