Our books are typically shipped within 24 hours of receipt of order.

All orders shipped to destinations within the United States will ship free of charge per standard USPS mail; typical delivery times are between 5 and 14 business days. International orders ship free per standard air mail for order amounts above $500. Expedited shipping options are also available.

Shipments are packed with great care, shipped in sturdy boxes and fully insured. International shipments are sent with complete customs documentation.

Options to expedite orders are available during check-out, we use FedEx for our courier shipments.


Store Policies

All prices of our listed products are in US Dollars. We accept credit cards (Amex, Visa, MC and Discover card) and PayPal, we further accept Money Orders, and Checks (we might hold your shipment until your check is cleared). Please send PayPal payments to

Buyers specifying a South Carolina address agree that a 8.5% state tax will be added to their book purchase.

Any item may be returned within ten days for any reason. If you wish to return an item in the original condition, we ask that you notify us first, preferably by phone to obtain instructions for traceable return shipping (FedEx recommended) and insurance options. The whole purchase cost (incl. two-way shipping & handling) will be refunded if our listing is inaccurate or if the shipment is damaged. Returns outside of a ten day window are available to Discerning Collector Membership owners at the time of purchase.

Consistent with, and exceeding the policies and Code of Ethics of the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America (ABAA) and the Universal Autograph Collectors Club (UACC), Books Tell You Why guarantees the authenticity of autographed items for the lifetime of the original purchaser, i.e., Books Tell You Why will provide a full refund of the original purchasing price incl. two-way shipping at any time where lack of authenticity can be proven and where proof of purchase is supplied by the original purchaser.

All interactions with Books Tell You Why, Inc. shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the Laws of the State of South Carolina, U.S.A.. All disputes arising out of or in connection with interactions with Books Tell you Why, Inc. shall be adjudicated in a court of competent jurisdiction in Charleston County, South Carolina.