It is hard to believe that the only
source for cheap books was used book stores only two short decades
today. With the volume of discounted, remaindered and used books
that are available in the modern book trade, there are more sources
for cheap books available today than ever before. While there is
nothing quite like spending some time in a brick and mortar used
book stores, you are really missing out on most of the sources
available for cheap books if you do not take advantage of some of
the new opportunities that are available today. The top three
sources for cheap books is the remaindered book market, online
auction sites and trading books of your own for books you want with
other book lovers online.
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Remaindered Book Market
In order to really understand where to look for cheap books, it is
useful to understand a little bit about the discount book market.
When a book title is no longer being published or promoted in
traditional book retail market, the remaining copies of the books
are then remaindered. Wholesalers that are stuck with bulk
quantities of remaindered titles then unload these books at a heavy
discount onto the discount book market. The nice thing about
remaindered books is that they represent a great source of cheap
books that are in brand new condition. The easiest way to find
remaindered books is to keep your eyes open for seasonal discount
book stores that open during the holiday months, as nearly all of
the books in these stores are remaindered titles.
Remaindered and used books can also be found very cheaply through
online auction sites. Sellers often purchase wholesale lots of
remaindered and other discounted books for resell at auctions, and
the prices for books at these auction sites are notoriously low. Due
to the volume of titles available and the lack of a useful set of
book categories at these sites, it can be a little tough to simply
peruse what is available for something that sounds interesting.
However, when you are looking for specific titles of cheap books,
online auction sites are often the quickest way to find the book you
are looking for at a great bargain. These sites are also an useful
resource when you are looking for cheap copies of signed books.
Bartering for Cheap Books
A more unusual source for cheap books is trading books from your own
library for book titles that you are looking for through various
websites. While there are some websites that are exclusively created
to help book barterers connect with one another, I've had the most
success with finding people to trade books with through social
networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter. The nice thing about
finding book trading partners this way is that you will often find
that what begins as a simple trade of a few cheap books blossoms
into a digital friendship with someone in another part of the
country or even the world.
and Flor Westphal 2007