Ordering FAQs

Do you keep a physical inventory of books even though your store is online only? 

Yes! While we don't have a brick and mortar store, we do keep a limited selection of books on hand. This allows us to get popular titles to you as quickly as possible. See a list of biggest titles currently on the shelves here.

How do I know what books are in stock?

Books that are currently in stock will have an availabilty status that reads "On Our Shelves Now" along with a quantity. Books with a status reading "In Stock at Warehouse" are available for order and typically arrive in 5-7 business days. ***Please note*** Our website inventory is updated manually throughout the week. Stock numbers may not always be up-to-date.

What if I want to order a book that isn’t in stock? 

We are happy to special order books! Simply place an order via our website and your book will arrive in 5-7 business days. (Please bear in mind we are still dealing with supply chain delays and staffing shortages. Arrival times may be affected by this.)

How do I know if a used copy of a book is available?

The best way to see our current used inventory is to visit the Used Books page. 

Can I pre-order books? 

Absolutely! We encourage it, in fact, especially in the time of Our Lord Covid. Pre-ordering books helps everyone out, from us to the author. We also offer a 20% discount on all pre-orders placed at least 2 weeks in advance of a book's publication date. See a list of books we are excited about that are available for pre-order now!

Can I purchase e-books and audiobooks and still support your store?

You can! We have affiliate accounts with both Libro.fm (audiobooks) and MyMustReads (e-books). Search bars for each of these platforms are featured on the sidebar or you can follow the links provided here. 

Learn more about switching to Libro.fm and how shopping with Libro.fm works!

Learn more about purchasing e-books with MyMustReads on FAQs page!

Do you sell non-book items, too? 

Indeed! We carefully select unique and bookish items to accompany your book purchases. We stock notebooks, buttons, magnets, bookmarks, and more! Click here to see our current inventory. 

Who do I contact if there is an issue with my order? 

You can contact Renee by emailing thecrowdedbookshelffc@gmail.com


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