How To Find the Bookseller in Stardew Valley

These books sell at a premium

Who doesn’t love mystery men with hot air balloons full of books? Here’s how to find the bookseller in Stardew Valley.

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How To Find the Bookseller in Stardew Valley

Knowledge is power, and in Stardew Valley, books are the best way to learn skills or get a hefty chunk of experience. So, you’ll want to visit the Bookseller whenever he’s in town.

The Bookseller appears twice each season in Stardew Valley. You can find out the exact date of his arrival on the calendar outside of the general shop. For spring in year 1, the Bookseller appeared on the 13th and 24th for me. If you don’t feel like checking the calendar, you’ll also get a notification when you wake up during the day letting you know that the Bookseller is in town.

When the Bookseller is in town in Stardew Valley, you can find him on the east side of town, just above JojaMart. You’ll even see a flyer to the right of Pierre’s General Store pointing right over the bridge. Once you’re across the bridge, simply walk up the stairs and you’ll find that usually empty plateau with its platform will be occupied by the Bookseller.

When you speak to him, you’ll find you have two options. You can opt to buy books or save the books you find and trade them in for a variety of high-value items.

All Books Sold by the Bookseller in Stardew Valley

The Bookseller sells seven books at a variety of prices with a variety of effects.

BookEffectPrice
Stardew Valley AlmanacRead this to gain some farming experience.10,000 Gold.
Bait and BobberRead this to gain some fishing experience.8,000 Gold.
Mining MonthlyRead this to gain some mining experience.5,000 Gold.
Way Of The Wind pt. 1You run a little bit faster.15,000 Gold.
Horse: The BookYou gain a little extra speed when riding a horse.25,000 Gold.
Ol’ SlitherlegsYou will now run a lot faster through grass and crops.25,00 Gold.
Price CatalogueYou can now see the value of your items.3,000 Gold.

Likewise, you can opt to trade the books you find but don’t want to use for items.

ItemDescriptionPrice
Hardwood x 20A special kind of wood with superior strength and beauty.Woody’s Secret x 1
Slime Egg-PressCompress 100 pieces of slime into a slime egg. It’s a miracle of science!Monster Compendium x 2
Fairy Dust x 8Sprinkle on kegs, furnaces, and other refining equipment to instantly receive their product.Book of Stars x 1
Pepper Poppers x 2Spicy breaded peppers full of cheese. 130+ Energy, +58 Health, +2 Farming, +1 Speed for 7:00 minutes.Stardew Valley Almanac x 1
Deluxe Bait x 30Causes fish to bite even faster and increases the “fishing bar”.Bait and Bobber x 1
Wood x 100A sturdy, yet flexible plant material with a wide variety of uses.Woodcutter’s Weekly x 1
Coal x 20A combustible rock that is useful for crafting and smelting.Mining Monthly x 1
Monster MuskSpray this on to draw more monsters out of hiding.Combat Quarterly x 1

If you’re curious about other rare items, now may be the time to grab some carrot seeds before they go out of season. Or perhaps learn more about the only farm that gets you two chickens at the start of the game.


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