30 years in business! Alan's Used Books is celebrating its TriGwentennial throughout the year 2020. In honor of this momentous occasion we are offering 25% off any order of three items or more. Thanks and may your 2020 be great!


Alan's Used Books an online-only used bookstore operated by Gwen Foss, located in suburban Detroit. We have been in business since 1990. We specialize in nonfiction, history, science, religion, theology, occult, songbooks, hobbies, crafts, automotive, toy car catalogs, bizarre humor, other topics. We also have a smattering of interesting and unusual literature, fiction, poetry, children's books, records, CDs and DVDs.

Seach tips: Use the Quicksearch box (at the top) to find items by Author, Title, or Description. 

-- To find, for example, all items written or illustrated by Gwen Frostic, simply type frostic in the search box and hit ENTER (or click on the magnifying glass at the end of the search box).

-- To find items on African American history, search for blackhistory (no spaces).

-- To find items on Unitarian and/or Universalist topics, search for uutopics (no spaces).

-- To find books by Unitarian and/or Universalist authors, search for uuauthors (no spaces).

-- To find items from the collection of Peter H. Foss, noted expert on automotive history and toy car collecting, search for PHF1 (no spaces).

We are working on adding a full complement of images.

Every item listed and described within this website is a real item we have on hand.