Join Virtual Meetings with Bookish Backgrounds from HPB!

Looking for books to make your office look legit? Have you seen all your cool friends on Zoom calls with a sweet background but never found one that fits your bookish designs?


Well, Half Price Books has gathered a selection of stylish shelves and scenic storefronts to spice up your next conference call! Show your love for your favorite bookstore with these awesome backgrounds.

Right click and save your favorite backgrounds below!

Inspired to give your shelves a makeover? Fill your shelves to the brim with books coordinated by color, theme, even size! Check out our collections on Books by the Yard at your local HPB store or order online today!

Best of the Decade: 1970s

Editor’s Note: This year, our Half Price Books calendar once again features lists of books, movies and music. We’re heading into a new decade with a new focus…the past. Each month, we’ll share a list of events, inventions and, of course, books, movies and music, from every decade since the 1900s right here on the blog. Enjoy!


Half Price Books makes its debut! …along with Earth Day, Apple and Star Wars. This month, we bring you the bevy of fascinating events, books, music and movies that increased the far out factor during the 1970s.

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Meet the Bibliomaniacs: The HPB Belle Meade Team

Hey Nashville, we are moving in! We are ecstatic about our new store in Nashville, Tennessee. In this edition of Meet the Bibliomaniacs, we would like to introduce you to the HPB Belle Meade team, who’ve been hard at work (in masks and maintaining safe social distancing practices, of course) building out our newest store for you. Take it away, guys!

1. When did you join the team?

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Best of the Decade: 1930s

Editor’s Note: This year, our Half Price Books calendar once again features lists of books, movies and music. We’re heading into a new decade with a new focus…the past. Each month, we’ll share a list of events, inventions and, of course, books, movies and music, from every decade since the 1900s right here on the blog. Enjoy!


The Chrysler Building makes its mark on the Big Apple and up in the sky, it was a bird, a plane! This time it’s everyone’s favorite reporter turned caped hero…given that there’s a place to change nearby. Superman swoops in to save the day and we showcase a slew of other things that capture the hearts, and bookshelves, of the nation in the 1930s.

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Checking in with the Million Book Donation Project

Since we’re well into 2020 now (where does the time go?!), let’s check in on our 2020 Million Book Donation Project!

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In case you’ve forgotten, the Million Book Donation Project is exactly what it sounds like – Half Price Books makes a pledge to donate at least one million books to great non-profit organizations and schools across the country. Since we officially launched the program in 2012, we’ve donated more than 11 million books!

As of today, we’ve already donated 100,490 books across the country in 2020, including some to our friends at Eastside Elementary in Cleveland, TX.

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Need some books for your organization or school? Make a donation request and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

2019 Million Book Donation Project Wrap-Up

At Half Price Books, we know the importance of reading in everyone’s lives. That’s why we’ve always made book donations a priority since we were founded back in 1972. As our co-founder Ken Gjemre once said, “Books should fill our lives, not our land.”

So we’ve taken great pleasure in continuing our Million Book Donation Project in 2019 – we are pleased to announce we’ve donated… Continue reading

2019 HPB Author Events Recap

It has been a wonderful year of author events and book signings for Half Price Books! More than 100 authors visited our stores or spoke at offsite events. Booklovers poured in from all over the country to listen to their favorite authors speak and get their books signed. We are honored to be able to provide a place of community for authors and their readers. Watch our recap video to get a glimpse of all the authors we hosted in 2019!

Thanks so much for watching! We hope you were able to come to some of these events this year, and we look forward to seeing you in stores in 2020. To stay informed of HPB events and more, visit hpb.com/events or join our email list.

A Book Nerd’s Look at the Best Books of the Decade (2010-2019)

As 2019 comes to an end, “Best Books of the Decade” lists are bound to start popping up everywhere. This is ours; along with a list of the best books I’ve read this decade. Of course, as a used book store we also want to remind you that every book is new if you haven’t read it yet!

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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot—A nonfiction book and winner of the National Academies Communication Award (published 2/2/2010)

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  • Honorary mention: Room, by Emma Donahue (published 8/6/2010)
  • Best book I read in 2010: Red Harvest, by Dashiell Hammett (published in 1929)

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A Bestseller Flashback: 2019 in Books

Editor’s Note: Our buyers hand select new bestsellers that are sold in our stores. It is our pleasure to present a closer look at our favorite Buyer’s Picks from 2019!

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Golden State (Ben Winters)

This book is set in future America where lies are criminalized. The main character is a detective whose job it is to seek out lies being told within his community. Through an investigation of a woman’s death, he uncovers a separate conspiracy within the government. It’s fast paced, well written and I couldn’t put it down – especially through the second half. I highly recommend it for fellow lovers of thrillers – especially those of us who are growing a bit tired of the wife/husband theme that is popular right now. You’re really going to love this book! Continue reading