Bookmans Entertainment Exchange buys, sells and trades used books, music, movies, video games & musical instruments.
Our 6 stores in Tucson, Phoenix, Mesa & Flagstaff are open 7 days a week from 9am-10pm.


Young Reader Favorites

Posted in Bookie Blog, Merchandise on 17 Apr by

The success of many Young Adult novels that have been adapted for film has brought more attention to books for kids and teens. Young reader favorites like Twilight, Hunger Games and Divergent bring kids, and their parents, into bookstores looking for the next great story. Each Bookmans has a fully stocked Children and Young Adult Department and extremely knowledgeable staff to help navigate it. Our inventory runs the full spectrum of ages and reading levels, with every genre for every taste.

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Make Music Yours at Bookmans

Posted in Merchandise, Musical Notes on 15 Apr by

Tracks in wax, album rock, vintage cassettes or the latest thing, the Bookmans Music Department has what you’re looking for. Together, our customer base of avid music fans and our staff with great taste, compiled a rare and alluring collection of tunes. Discover vinyl, CDs and cassette tapes in our menagerie of music. Ask a friendly Bookmans team member for recommendations. We’re happy to help! John Lennon said, “Music is everybody’s possession.” Make music yours at Bookmans.

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Ticket Tuesdays — Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

This contest has ended but tickets are still available. Ticket information included at end of post.

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy arrived on the scene over 20 years ago. Having secured their legendary residency at the Derby nightclub in Los Angeles, they reminded the world that it is still cool to swing big band style. Today the high-energy, nine-piece ensemble continues the party with the release of Rattle Them Bones, urging their millions of fans worldwide to shake and move to their inimitable grooves while expanding their horizons with new musical inspiration and influence. One lucky reader will win a pair of passes to see Big Bad Voodoo Daddy at 8 p.m. on Friday, April 17 at The Rialto Theatre in Tucson.

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Reduce, Reuse, Recycled Roses

Posted in Core Values, Uncategorized on 13 Apr by

One Earth Day doesn’t cut it for us here at your favorite neighborhood used media store. We devoted a whole month to celebrating our planet (and all year striving to practice what we preach) with free in store events and environmentally minded displays. Naturally, we reduce, reuse and recycle to honor this lovely blue marble we call home. We also hope to create conversations about climate change and our environmental impact. But we’re still Bookmans and want to have fun too. We regularly host cool crafts using materials that anyone can find in their own home. Today we show you how to make one such craft — Reduce, Reuse, Recycled Roses. With just a few items and a ton of toilet paper rolls, you can make a gorgeous bouquet to decorate your home. They may not smell the same, but after reading The Hunger Games who can really stomach the smell of roses anyway?

Reduce, Reuse, Recycled Roses

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Top 5 Shows for Series Binging

Posted in Merchandise, Reel Chat on 10 Apr by

There’s nothing like spending the day horizontal and binging on an entire season of your fave TV show. Yeah, maybe it’s not the healthiest activity and, sure, being outside or reading a book are better alternatives. But sometimes you just need to stuff your face with potato chips and devote five plus hours to Walter White and company. We are all about all forms of entertainment and just as we have book recommendations at the ready, we can also name five series that kept our eyes glued to the tube. This is Bookmans Recommends: Top 5 Shows for Series Binging.

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Bookmans Recommends: WildStar

Posted in Play: A Gamer's Blog on 09 Apr by

By C’Loni Bailey, Assistant Manager at Bookmans Mesa

As an MMORPG (Massively Multi-player Online Role-Playing Game) junkie, I’ve played everything from World of Warcraft to Final Fantasy XI to Guild Wars 2, but my current MMO of choice is WildStar. For those of you who are unfamiliar with this vivid, multi-layered game, WildStar is a sci-fi adventure MMO that takes place on a newly inhabited planet called Nexus. Players choose between two factions (Exiles or Dominion), eight races (four per faction), and six classes.

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Top 5 Instruments for Beginners

Posted in Musical Notes on 08 Apr by

Some people have music in their hearts but never had the opportunity to let their inner musician play. At some point we get the idea that we are too old to pick up an instrument, and in any case wouldn’t know what instrument to play if they did. In the first case we call B.S. and in the second we know what you mean. The choice of instrument can make or break your music playing dreams because instruments have different learning curves. Some are great for beginners while others require more time for fluency. If you are ready to start playing, let Bookmans help with this list of the best instruments for beginners.

Electric guitars make excellent instruments for beginners.
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Gallery Offers Haute Housewares and Accessories

Posted in Merchandise on 07 Apr by

Make your living space truly you and truly original without reaching your credit card limit at Bookmans. Do the same for your person. In our Gallery, you can find plenty of cool items to decorate your personal space and your person. Show off your originality with housewares and accessories carefully screened by our buyers. We carry items that we buy for cash or trade, so bring in the items that you no longer use for someone else to enjoy.

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Easy Lorax Flowerpot Tutorial

Posted in In Our Stores on 06 Apr by

Throw a kid-friendly Earth Day party the right way — with a Lorax celebration! Provide guests with floofy, yellow mustaches and put on your DVD of The Lorax. Afterward, use this Lorax flowerpot tutorial from Bookmans Grant to create gifts to take home.

Lorax Flowerpot Tutorial
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Seeking Focus Group Participants in Tucson

Posted in Uncategorized on 02 Apr by

We want to hear from you. Bookmans Entertainment Exchange seeks customers in Tucson for a focus group about our stores. You love Bookmans, or maybe you don’t. Time to tell us why. Please complete the form below to apply for our 2015 Focus Group. If you are from Phoenix, Mesa or Flagstaff and wish to sign up for future opportunities, you can use this form as well. Participants will be compensated for your time with trade credit. The location and time for the focus group has yet to be determined.

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Spring and Green April Events

Posted in In Our Stores on 01 Apr by

Springtime is here! We have plans to get outdoors, engage with the community and renew our environmental efforts. With Earth Day right around the corner, we expose our Green Heart. Additionally, each store hosts free and fun events get the most of Spring Celebrations and embrace Mother Earth. From colorful egg-stravaganzas to Wonkapalooza parties to conservation workshops, our April Events Calendar is packed. Please join us!

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Our Shelves Are Orange but Our Hearts Are Green

Posted in Core Values on 01 Apr by

Bookmans takes caring for the planet seriously. We work to find green business practices that reduce our carbon footprint, starting with the basics — our business model. Every buy, sell or trade conducted with Bookmans Entertainment Exchange extends the reduce, reuse, recycle chain by reducing consumption of new items and reusing items that may otherwise find a place in landfills. Items that once brought joy to you now make others happy and eliminate unnecessary, harmful waste. Shopping for used media at Bookmans has been green for more than 30 years. Our earth-friendly customers do their part by sharing books, music, movies, magazines and games with the Bookmans community. Behind the scenes, we conduct even more green business practices that you may not be aware of.

Green Business Practices at Bookmans
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Bookmans Flag Attends Capi 2015

Posted in Community Events on 31 Mar by

Bookmans Flag received an invitation to attend the 28th Annual Capi Conference. Northern AZ Pride in partnership with LA Pride hosted the Annual General Meeting in Flag on March 19 through the 22. Pride organizations from all over the Southwest gathered at the High Country Conference Center to gain knowledge and inspiration from their peers. We couldn’t have been more excited about Capi 2015. Due to scheduling conflicts, we could only attend attend a couple of the workshops but, boy, were they rewarding.

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Banned Book Club: American Psycho

Posted in Bookie Blog, In Our Stores on 30 Mar by

No book has caused more controversy since its publication than American Psycho by Brett Easton Ellis. If you’ve seen the movie, your insides have surely coiled in revolt from Patrick Bateman’s violent and outlandish murders; and the book is only worse. So extreme were a few of the scenes in the book, they don’t even appear in the movie itself! Before the release date in 1991 employees of Simon and Schuster, the publishing company who backed the book, leaked a few of the more graphic passages to the press. They were immensely unhappy with Ellis and his novel. They didn’t want it to be published. The public outcry was so extreme the publishing company ultimately backed out of the deal and the 250,000 advance they’d given Ellis. This was their loss as Vintage, a sect of Random House publishing picked the book up and ran with it.

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Buy, Sell, Trade Movies with Bookmans

Posted in Merchandise, Reel Chat on 27 Mar by

Everyone has their thing. Maybe you get lost in a book, strum away on a guitar or play video games for countless hours. These are all Bookmans approved ways to kill time. The one thing that every family, friend and proud loner can talk about for hours is cinema. Everyone has seen E.T.. If not that movie, then you’ve surely seen others like Titanic, Star Wars, Lord of the Rings or Gone with the Wind. Come buy, sell, trade movies with Bookmans.

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Jackpot Thursday — Phoenix Film Festival

Posted in Contests & Giveaways, Reel Chat on 26 Mar by

**CONTEST CLOSED** The Phoenix Film Foundation presents the 15th Annual Phoenix Film Festival! The festival starts today, March 26, and runs through April 2, 2015. The PFF has been named one of the 25 Coolest Film Festivals by MovieMaker Magazine and tops the Bookmans list of favorites. The event was started in 2000 by independent filmmakers as an opportunity to showcase independent film making and it quickly became Arizona’s Largest Film Festival. Today, we give away two festival passes PLUS two tickets to the opening night festivities.

Phoenix Film Festival
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Do You Want to Build a Snowman? (Tutorial)

“Do you want to build a snowman?” The answer is always a resounding, YES! Desert dwellers know that springtime has arrived and the increasing temperatures are a harbinger of the summer heat to come. Never fear because Bookmans Grant knows a way make it feel like winter all year round. Using a few simple ingredients they show us how in this fluffy snowman tutorial.

Snowman Tutorial
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Ticket Tuesdays — In the Mood

**CONTEST CLOSED**Travel to the days of zoot suits, wing tips and killer swing dance skills! The music of Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey and Benny Goodman is coming to town. Don’t miss your chance to get in on some classic String of Pearls and I Found A New Baby swing. This Ticket Tuesday, we give away passes for In the Mood at Mesa Arts Center.

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We’ve Got Books and So Could You

Posted in Bookie Blog, Merchandise on 23 Mar by

Bookmans peeps are known to go gaga for a book or two, after all books are how we got our start. Before founder Bob Oldfather developed the stores to become the mother ship of all things entertainment, Bookmans Entertainment Exchange was just Bookmans, but with an apostrophe and an inventory exclusively made up of books. Books are our first love. Who can resist that slight vanilla smell of an old book? Seriously, have they started bottling that stuff yet? (Yes.) To this day, Bookmans dedicates the largest portion of our sales floor to books. All used. All affordable. And all smelling good and waiting for you to crack that spine for escape.


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Historical Heroines In Life and Books

Posted in Merchandise on 20 Mar by

“Well-behaved women seldom make history,” said author and feminist Laurel Thatcher Ulrich in 1976. The sentiment has since taken hold and is well used today. March is Women’s History month, and, boy, is there a lot to learn about historical heroines in life and books.

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