We Buy Books

Pistil Books Online now buying libraries and collections in the Seattle area. We are buying books in the following categories: science, philosophy, art, graphics, architecture, photography, women's studies, sociology, anthropology, history, politics, sex, gender, gay and lesbian, literary criticism, linguistics, technical, environment, nature, martial arts, health and medicine, religion, metaphysics, and ethnic studies.  We are also interested in hardback classic fiction in nice cloth bindings (such as Modern Library).

How it works: Please call or email for an appointment and have at least thirty books to sell. We will evaluate your books and get back to you with an offer for the titles we are interested in within 24-48 hours. We make house calls for larger collections.



Who We Are

Pistil Books & News started as an independent neighborhood retail used and new bookstore in 1993 in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood. We also carried zines and hosted readings and art shows.

In April of 2001, because of rising overhead costs and the changing nature of the book business, we closed our retail store in order to concentrate on internet sales.

We carry books in all fields, with an emphasis on scholarly titles, literary fiction, poetry, erotica, art, history, politics, and science. Quick service. Foreign orders. 24 hour response. Accurate descriptions. Excellent packaging. Drop Ships. New titles added daily. Friendly and knowledgeable staff.

We are proud members of the Independent Online Booksellers Association (IOBA).


An Interview with Amy Candiotti, IOBA Scholarship Winner


Fine Books and Collectibles:  Bright Young Things


Pistil Books' Annual Outdoor Book Sale on the Capitol Hill Blog


R.I.P. Filthy 2002 - 2019, Our Beloved Bookstore Cat


Seattle customers may call 206-323-9370 or email us in order to arrange to pick up your orders at our office on Capitol Hill rather than having them shipped.


Pictured below are owners Sean Carlson, Amy Candiotti, and Filthy, the bookstore puss.  

Next we have  Tim Ridlon, longtime Pistil staff person (and shelver extraordinaire), and then Troy Carlson, captain of packing and shipping.


Pistil Books celebrated its 15th anniversary in 2008.  On the left are Amy and Sean outside our brand new storefront, autumn 1993; and on the right, our former storefront, autumn 2008.


 Tim, Sean, Amy, and Troy, a little blurry, at the Pistil holiday party 2009.   Inside the shop, 2011.



Amy and Kam hard at work in the bookstore.