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How To Buy A Book That Is Out Of Print
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How to Buy a Book That Is Out of Print

When we need some valuable information when search for them in publications which are available in the market. But if they cannot be found in current books; then we need to hunt for rare or out of print books to get this data. If we don’t know how to obtain these rare books, it can be annoying and frustrating. 

It would be good to learn the potential places from where these books can be procured, so that in time of need you know where to go.

1. Your first step would be the local bookstores. Many of these stores do still have such books. They often give out books that have off late gone out print. You can take the help of local store employee to locate a book if you are unable to find it on the shelf. Some book stores do have some copies in their store room.

2. Contact the dealer who sells used books. Some of the dealers have antique books in their stock. If the dealer doesn’t have the book that you want, they still will be able to assist you in your search i.e. guide you to the store who could have.

3. Another option is the internet. There are many online book vendors who can help you. Some of site are Main Book Shop,  Alibris, Abebooks, Better World Books, AntiQbook,  Bookfinder, Biblio, Bibiofind and Powell's Books. There are also individuals or public organizations who can assist you in your hunt. You could also look out at Amazon and Ebay.

4. Library is another place to look for. Your librarian can access not only to online database, but also out of print books. They can also procure it for you on your behalf. If possible visit book sales organized by libraries. You could get the book you are looking for at a very cheap rate.

5. Garage sales and resale stores are another location. This could be time consuming. But you could get your book at a much discounted price. You can also avail the services of professional searcher. These guys have access to data which the general public don’t have. Given them time of about 3-6 month to hunt down your book. In the mean time build up a relationship with them. This would be helpful in your future searches of books.

6. Contact the author if possible. You can write to the publisher’s mailing address. If the authors are latest you can contact some of them on their website.

7. Try to advertise your need. Let the word reach out that you are hunting for a particular book. There are some people who only sell when they know that someone is in need of their book. Post your requirement with online book vendors, your local library or you could give an ad in your local news paper.

If you’re unable to obtain the original copy, look out for a reissue or updated edition.  


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