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  • USA orders: PayPal, or through Biblio.com or Amazon.com.
  • International orders: PayPal or through Biblio.com or Amazon.com.
  • Institutional purchase orders are welcome -- please inquire.
  • Florida customers don't get penalized: we give a discount that compensates for sales tax.

Shipping & Handling

  • Expedited Shipping: US Postal Service Priority Mail (2-3 days, USA only): $6.00 for the first book; $3.00 for each additional book.
  • Standard Shipping: USPS Media Mail for most books; USPS First Class Mail for CDs, DVDs, and smaller books: $4.00 for first book ; $2.00 each additional book.
  • All US orders include delivery confirmation.
  • Single-item US orders are shipped by USPS Media Mail if no shipping method is specified; however, smaller items will be mailed First Class if the postage is similar for First Class and Media Mail.
  • Books are shipped by the next post office business day after payment is received (books are often shipped the same day if payment is received early enough).
  • We notify the customer by email when the book is shipped. 
How we describe condition
Our rating categories for books and dust jackets are based on those of AB Bookman's Weekly. We have tried to improve on this widely-used standard.
  • As New: No defects, crisp [we rarely use this unless the book is still in publisher's shrinkwrap].
  • Fine: No defects, but maybe not crisp -- has been opened.
  • Near Fine: Fine except for one or two minor defects.
  • Very Good: The book has definitely been used, but is in quite nice condition.
  • Good+: Somewhat worn, but better than average.
  • Good: An 'average' used book with considerable wear, but complete (other than a missing endpaper page).
  • Good-minus: Very worn, but complete.
  • Fair: Very worn, maybe incomplete, sometimes coming apart [we have very few of these].
  • Poor: Junk [we don't have any].
After the overall rating, we usually add a parenthetical statement about the specific conditions that caused the rating (for example: "Very Good overall (details: light foxing, owner name, a few turned page corners)". We always identify ex-library books and book club editions (when known). We list the printing when it is known; if we don't know the edition or printing, we list 'edition not stated'. We usually include the height of the book in cm and inches. We are always glad to provide more information about a book's content and condition -- inquire.

Service, Service, Service... (miscellaneous policies)

  • Full refund if not satisfied for any reason (up to 3 weeks after shipping; customer pays return postage).
  • We will gladly provide additional information about any book -- just ask.
  • We usually check email at least twice a day (usually before 9 am and around 3 pm on weekdays).
  • Books on reserve are promptly deleted from our online listings.
  • We will gladly ship to a third party ("drop shipments") with your mailing label or address information and no receipt -- just let us know in a short note.
  • We do not share information about our customers unless they request us to (such as for auction feedback).
  • We're flexible -- please inquire if you have special circumstances.

Frequently (and not so frequently) Asked Questions:

Where are your books stored? Our books are shelved in an air conditioned, smoke-free, concrete block building in a well-drained area of beautiful, historic Seminole Heights, in Tampa, Florida.

Do you have a store? No, we mostly sell through mail order and at a few shows.

What shows do you sell at? We usually sell books on plants, nature and related topics at the University of South Florida Botanical Garden spring plant festival, and books on music, Florida and other topics at the Florida Folk Festival at White Springs in May, and the Will McLean Festival near Dade City in March.

How long have you been in the book business? We started selling books at a flea market mall in November 1996. We've been selling books online at ABE since September, 1997.

Are you licensed? We hold a mail order business license from the City of Tampa and a retail license from Hillsborough County. Book & Bowls is part of Floridana Stuff Company, a small corporation.

What about the bowls? When we started business, we also sold collectible bowls (McCoy, Fire King, etc) and other items. We still sell these things at flea markets and eBay, but concentrate on books.

Do you specialize? We have a few books in practically every category, but we are a little better stocked in books about plants, other science topics, science fiction, Florida, music, and religion.