We obtain the majority of our books from library sales throughout the state of Massachusetts. We take pride in curating which books we’ll carry, and only selecting books in good to fine condition.
We also buy books from customers on Friday evenings between 4 and 7. Please familiarize yourself with our lists below of what we’re looking for. Also, please note that we are not always in the position to pay cash for books, and may offer store credit instead. Thank you for considering selling your books to Bedlam.
Bedlam buys the following kinds of books:
- university presses
- independent presses
- fiction (prize-winners are especially sought)
- women’s studies
- gender & sexuality studies
- african-american studies
- art & design & architecture
- political theory
- memoirs & travelogues
Bedlam does not buy the following kinds of books:
- romance novels
- bookclub editions
- textbooks (even if they’re university presses)
- business or marketing books
- magazines or maps
- books that are stained, torn, smelly
- books that have bent or cracked spines, or have been water-damaged and have wavy pages
- books with underlining and/or highlighting
Audiobooks from Libro.fm
We sell audiobooks! Now there’s a way for you to listen to audiobooks AND support your local independent bookstore. Libro.fm is an audiobook seller, similar to Amazon’s Audible, only Libro supports independent bookstores. Every time you buy an audiobook from Libro, you get to select the indie bookstore you want to support, and we get a portion of the audiobook proceeds. What’s even better, your first audiobook is free! Check it out, and thank you in advance for choosing to support Bedlam Book Cafe.
Organic vs. Sustainable/Ethical Produce
Juices and smoothies are only as healthy and nourishing as the ingredients you put in them. Therefore, we use only organic produce to make them. If it’s not organic, we won’t use it. However, you won’t always see the word “organic” advertised in our store. That’s because it’s very expensive for farmers to get certified by the government as “organic,” and that word can be used to talk about their produce (by them, and anyone who buys it) only if they have the government certification.
A farm can still be using organic farming methods without being “certified organic” though. So we make sure that we know who the farm is that we order from, and whether or not they’re using organic methods. If the farm is indeed practicing organic methods, we will say that the produce adheres to sustainable/ethical farming practices. To us, it doesn’t matter if they have that “organic” government-sanctioned certificate so much as the methods they’re using to grow their food. But rest assured, we will never knowingly get produce that doesn’t adhere to these principles.
We like to support local farms as much as possible. And we’re excited to have partnered with Lettuce Be Local and the Worcester Regional Food Hub to help make that happen. There are many reasons to support local farms, from obvious reasons like keeping money funneling back into your own community and supporting the local economy, to not-so-obvious reasons like helping combat climate change by reducing the amount of industrial resources it takes to transport your food. We strive to purchase local as much as possible. But sometimes it will be necessary to get our produce farther afield if we can’t find a local organic option.
We strive to produce as little waste and have as little damaging impact on our environment as we can. These methods include:
- buying our produce from local farms since less fossil fuels are needed to get local produce delivered to our store
- supporting organic farms and food manufacturers since organic growing methods are better for the environment and organic food is better for your body
- capturing and composting all of the produce we extrude during the juicing process
- composting all of our coffee grounds and tea leaves
- using only Clean electricity to power our store by paying for the Clean Energy Choice wind-power program
- using reusable, heavy-duty, food-grade, hypoallergenic, silicone sealable freezer bags instead of plastic baggies to store our frozen fruit for smoothies
- buying only plant-based “plastics” that are biodegradable and compostable for all of our to-go cups, lids, and straws
- buying recycled, unbleached napkins, paper towels, and paper shopping bags
- buying non-perishable organic goods from Thrive Market, which uses 100% post-consumer recyclable packaging, is 100% carbon neutral with their shipping, and stores their goods in zero-waste warehouses
- using only energy-efficient LED lightbulbs throughout the store
- inhabiting the oldest mill in Worcester rather than inhabiting a new construction building
- selling used books to extend the lifecycle of important objects of information
We also realize that we are just one small business doing our part. And in the big picture, it is politicians and government that possess the real power to address climate change through regulations. We hope you engage in the political process (both local and national) to pressure politicians to do their part. Climate Change is the greatest threat to human existence that we have ever faced. And more importantly, any politician who denies Climate Change is real, or places corporate interests/monies above people’s lives, is through their actions, waging a policy of war.