Places to search for books
- AddALL book search and price
comparison = http://www.addall.com/
- Very useful
for new & used books; unfortunately, you cannot search for both at the
same time, but sometimes used books show up in the default "new" search. For used books, go to their used-book version = http://used.addall.com/
- Bigwords = http://www.bigwords.com/
- Textbooks--new & used. Textbook companies buy and sell, and it's best to have the ISBN number for searching. If you're selling back textbooks, some companies will pay for the shipping--you print a postage-paid mailing label. Be careful: one may say its offer is low because it pays for the postage, but another may pay more and still pay for postage.
- CampusBooks = http://www.campusbooks.com/
- Textbooks, again. A bit strange the first time I used it: it included hardbacks among paperbacks, but it came up with a lower cheapest price than BigWords did.
- Bookase = http://www.bookase.com/
- New, spammed me Dec 2009--both books & textbooks, but seems slow (then again, I run Noscript in Firefox for security, so perhaps the spammers were doing something surreptitious and I did not notice).
- Directtextbook = http://www.directtextbook.com/
- The owner (?) asked me to put this on my list, but I'm really unsure how he found that I had this list.
- Dealoz = http://www.dealoz.com
- New & used books and other things. Coupons can be nothing more than the usual free shipping for orders over $25 or such.
- WVSU Student Book Exchange = http://wvsuusedtextbooks.ning.com/
- For buying & selling between WVSU students locally.
- BookFinder = http://www.bookfinder.com/
- Defaults to searching books written in English. To search Dutch, French, German, or Italian books you need to select from a drop-down list.
- Used Book Search = http://www.usedbooksearch.co.uk/
- Advertises a 'worldwide' search, but leans heavily towards books in English and in Spanish. It does search several databases in the UK and the US.
- ViaLibri = http://www.vialibri.net/
- Emphasizes rare books, but since it covers "over 20,000 booksellers worldwide" it includes very many used books in general.
Single Stores or Smaller Groups
- A1Books - Making knowledge
Affordable = http://www.a1books.com
- Internet Bookshop Homepage = http://www.whsmith.co.uk/
- W.H. Smith in England; you can also use Amazon = http://amazon.co.uk/ as well. Of course, for other European countries you can try Amazon.fr, Amazon.de, etc.
- The Advanced Book Exchange Home
Page = http://www.abebooks.com/
- More antiquarian & old, used books; since many independent bookshops share their catalogues this way, ABEbooks is a wonderful trove. Addall (above) includes ABEbooks in its searches, and often I've found ABEbooks to have the best prices.
Libri - Florence, Italy: I Libri Database = http://www.casalini.it/script_ing/bancaca.idc
- but it's probably better to use
- DEA Store = http://www.deastore.com
- which focuses on Italian books but also will do books in English; there is a pull-down list on the left that lets you switch to pages in English if needed.
- Midwestern European Publications = http://www.europaforeignbooks.com/
- Literature, language, children's books, & course books in multiple languages, imported to the US already. They can get pricey, but if you're afraid of going to a foreign bookseller....
- ChooseBooks.com = http://www.choosebooks.com
- For German (and other) books, this is the English-language interface for the Zentrales Verzeichnis
Antiquarischer Bücher (ZVAB). It covers sellers outside Germany, now, too.
For antique books, for the well-off or the desperate
NB: just in case you were wondering, the links are live but the URLs are repeated explicitly so you can print this page and still know what they are.