top of page

Frequently Asked Questions

Are your books new or used?

Nearly all of our books are brand new. 

How are your books priced? 

Most books are regular list-price, meaning we sell them at the price printed on the back or inside cover of the book. 

Can I donate books? 

We welcome donations of excellent-condition, gently used books that are on the current Pacific Northwest Bestseller List posted on THIS WEBPAGE

Where do you get your books? 

Like most independent bookstores, we get our books wholesale from various distributors and publishers.

I'm a local author. Will you sell my book, or can I give you a copy to read for consideration? 

We generally only stock professionally published books that have at least 100 reviews on Goodreads or Amazon, with an average review of 4-stars or higher. Feel free to contact us via email if your book meets both of the requirements above. We do not do consignment -- but there are numerous local bookstores throughout the Seattle area that have more shelf space than we do, and that are able to accommodate local author books. 

What kinds of books do you sell? 

About 60-70% of our books are adult fiction and non-fiction. The rest is comprised of young adult, juvenile fiction, preschool picture books and baby board books. Our selection includes literary fiction, memoirs, autobiographies, romance/comedy "beach reads," nature/science writing, cookbooks, Pacific Northwest foraging/travel/exploring guides, manga, comic books, mythology books, coloring books, and more. 

How do you decide what books to stock?  

As a very small mobile store, we curate hard. We have to be very particular about what books we sell, since there isn't a lot of shelf space to work with. Typically, we carry Pacific Northwest bestsellers for all ages, book club and Booktok favorites, books of local/regional interest, select classics, and other books that strike us as wonderful and fascinating. We love community recommendations and consider all "hot tips" from shoppers on what books to stock. 

Do you just drive all over town? Where do you go? 

We do regular events around town including street fairs, markets, musical festivals, partnerships with breweries and coffee shops, and other pop-ups. You can track our events by checking our events page, subscribing to our email list, or following us on Facebook or Instagram

Can the bookmobile come to our school, town, hospital, corporate office, or other special event? 

Yes! We have a sales minimum for events like that, and we also do an educational discount for schools. Contact us to inquire. 

How did the idea of Blue Kettle Books come about? 

Well, bookmobiles have been around for a long time. A brick-and-mortar store was going to be too costly and complicated to do. So, we sort of combined both ideas and decided to make a mobile bookstore.


Do you have an online store as well? 

While we don't process online orders ourselves, you CAN buy from Blue Kettle Books at our site. processes all shipping and order handling, and delivers books to your doorstep, with Blue Kettle Books getting a cut of the profit. 

Can I special-order a book to pick up at the bookmobile? 

Yes! Contact us to inquire. 

How do the books stay on the shelves when you drive? 

We put plastic bars across every shelf while we drive. That keeps the books from flying off. 

What kind of vehicle is the bookmobile, and who did the remodeling work to turn it into a bookmobile? 

"Blue" the Bookmobile is a 2014 Startrans shuttle bus, and the remodel work was done by NMK Fabricators in Portland, Oregon. 

Can I work for the bookmobile? 

We're always looking for safe, responsible, friendly folks to drive and operate our bookmobile. Email to inquire. 

"Studies have shown that reading as little as six minutes per day can improve your quality of sleep, reduce stress, and sharpen mental acuity."


Source: Step Up for Mental Health

bottom of page