Shared Dream Used Books100% Local
3034 Lathrop Ave
Racine , WI 53405 (view map)
Tues – Fri 10 am – 6 pm
Sat 10 am – 5 pm
Closed Sun & Mon
If you are an avid reader and looking for some good deals, this is the store for you.........So Many Books So Little Time!
Trade-in Credit Program Available
Credit can be used only up to 1/2 of the sale price of the book. Books accepted for credit will be separated by the type and/or list price. You will receive 1/2 credit for each book accepted. The total credits received will be entered into the appropriate list price category on your card (see downloads for detailed description)
Free book card
Buy 10 books and get 1 free book up to $3.99
If you are an avid reader and looking for some good deals, this is the store for you. I've been going to Shared Dream since they opened in 2003. It was a great find. No need to worry about reading everything an author has written and waiting for the next. A new author recommendation can be found quickly by just talking to the owner. She knows her authors and their books. Just ask and you'll have a list of good reads to keep you going. Not only that but the books are in such good quality that many could pass for brand new. Check out this store and I promise you'll love it.
November 24, 2010 by Teefer in Racine, WI
This bookstore is one of the best I've ever been to. It is clean beyond that of a new bookstore. Everything is neatly and careful categorized making it so easy to find what you are looking for. The owner knows so much about authors and topics and is always ready to help. You can't beat the service anywhere.
January 10, 2008 by M. Peckman in Racine, WI
The owner was the most knowledgeable about books that I've ever met. Most organized and clean used book store I've ever been in, and I recommend it to ever body.
October 17, 2009 by Jim S. in Racine, WI
"Definitely. It was a big plus with the Harry Potter books, then the Twilight Series. Another influence is the True Blood series on HBO. Throw the Nicholas Sparks movies in the mix and it's helped us out a lot."
"As a used book store, we've definitely seen an increase in sales over the last year. For us I believe that is related more to the state of the economy than to internet sales. People who truly enjoy reading will find a way to buy books at the lowest possible price. With the cost of shipping rising more and more, the source of their reading material is moving back to local bookstores. Some stores like ours have trade-in programs where you get credit for books you bring in. Each credit saves you an additional 50% on another book purchased. This benefits the actual in-store shopper over the online customer. While some used books stores also have on-line sales sites, they limit their online inventory to their less common books or those not easily sold in the store. There isn't a very good return on used, common mass market paperbacks sold online. The issue of shipping costs applies to these sales so keeping the price competitive is an issue. If a book is advertised as costing a penny, which some are on sites like Amazon Marketplace, remember you have to add approximately $4.00 to that price for shipping. The cost if sent "media mail" could be less for independent sellers, but there is still an additional cost added to the advertised price. Regarding new book stores, unless they are offering free shipping on all orders (usually only over $25), I can't see the benefit of ordering online without a discount added as incentive. Most stores don't want to discourage in store shopping so the discounts, if any, aren't better than if you go to the actual store. I believe the discount issue mentioned in your question relates more to large "box stores" like Barnes and Noble and Borders then to your smaller independent stores. If you join the "club" you get discounts on books ordered online or in store. But remember, some of these "discounts" come with an annual fee attached. In other words, you have to pay a membership fee to get a discount. That pretty much takes away any real savings until you've purchased enough books to cover the cost of the membership fee. The issue of shipping costs are associated with online sales of new books as well, so the cost could actually be higher than if you walked into your local store. With everyone selling everything online these days, it's pretty much become the way for many people to purchase what they want. It isn't necessarily a less expensive way to go as it is a convenience for those who don't care to go "shopping" for what they want. I hope this answered your question. Vicki Shared Dream Used Books, LLC"
"There's a great family owned bookstore in Racine, WI called Shared Dream Used Books. They carry a wide variety of books and also have an exchange program so you can save money and recycle your books at the same time. The quality of their books is great. Many look brand new! Their website is under construction but should be up soon. If you're ever in Wisconsin, you should check it out."