My last two reviews were of books that are no longer being printed by their publishers. Books go out-of-print for various reasons - lackluster sales being the most prominent. This doesn't mean, however, that the book has no value or hasn't been a good seller in the past. But when a book is no longer in print and you want a copy, where can you go to find one?
Several years ago, I offered a booksearch service where, for a small percentage of the price of the book, I'd search different online sources to find the best copy at the best price for a desired out-of-print or rare title. Since that time, these sources are more widely known, thus making books easier to find for everyone.
Here I've listed several sources for finding out-of-print books:
- Abebooks.com - This is the first place I look, because booksellers from all over the world have listed their inventories here, and this is where I've had the best success finding what I want.
- Alibris.com - Similar to Abebooks, Alibris is a good source that offers coupon discounts on purchases from time to time. Sign up for their newsletter to receive their offers.
- AddALL - Here you can search for in-print as well as used books from over 20,000 sellers and over 40 book sites.
- Bookfinder.com - Together with their JustBooks partner sites, you can search for titles from sellers throughout the world, in not only English, but French, German, Italian, and Dutch.
- BookCloseouts.com - This is kind of a T.J. Maxx for books. You'll find books that are in- and out-of-print at bargain prices. You never know what they'll have at any given time. All books are new, but some copies are sold as "Scratch and Dent" and will be listed as such. If you find a Scratch and Dent copy, be sure to check if they also have an identical title as a Bargain Book. Typically, the Scratch and Dent copy will cost a few dollars less, since it will show some wear.
This is a fun site to just browse and you'll want to sign up for their newsletter as well, since they offer coupons quite often. Usually it will be either free shipping or $5 off for orders over $35. Their standard shipping times are not the fastest, I've found, but some great bargains can be had on brand new books, making them worth the wait.
- Half.com - Now partnered with eBay, Half.com is a site where anyone can list books for sale at a wide range of prices and conditions, used and new.
- Amazon Marketplace - Amazon.com also offers a listing service where sellers can list books for sale. Simply search for a title, then look for links listed as new, used, or collectible. They also have a Bargain Books in Gardening & Horticulture section.
- BarnesandNoble.com has a search service for used and out-of-print books.
These are just some of the sites where you might find a book that isn't readily available in major bookstores. You know...like How To Know the Wildflowers.