Manga, Art Books, Romance & More: Pre-Loved Books Are Only A Click Away

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All of us are mildly obsessed with used books. There’s this sweet smell that loiters between the yellowed pages and mingles with scribbles left behind by past lovers. While looking for new places to buy pre-loved books, we stumbled across this site on a Quora thread. Second Hand Books India is old school, plain and unfussy.

The next couple of hours were spent browsing various sections of the website. They horde an extensive collection of used books ranging from romances for the sappy at heart, manga for anime geeks, art books (hardbound books on Matisse, Monet, Goya and more), science fiction, horror, children’s books and a brilliant collection under ‘serious reading’ for literary buffs.

The average secondhand bookstore’s bulk is made of use-and-throw paperbacks. On this site, one can find Grecian plays, vintage Penguin paperbacks, dystopia, Booker prize winners, a crash course in psychoanalysis, and even some literary criticism (hello, Edward Said!). Prices start at INR 99. Those living outside north India have to pay extra delivery charges on each book.

You have to add money to the online wallet through Instamojo. Books are usually delivered within a week and are packaged well.


The website has a special rating system to inform the customer on the condition of books. It’s a five-star scale where books good as new score the highest while more weary and used books rank lower. They add new items every month.