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Buying Books


“No furniture so charming as books.”

– A Memoir of the Reverend Sydney Smith,
Lady Holland

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Buying Books On Line, New & Used

If you want to buy a book currently in print, and want it new, and live within reasonable proximity to a good bookstore, well and fine. If you want to buy a used copy of a book—whether or not still in print—you can, if there are some near you, visit used-book shops; but the odds of finding a particular book in a particular used-book shop are small to virtually nil. The answer to those problems is to buy your books on line.

Our experience is that the best single source for books on line, new or used, is ABEbooks. If you click the link, you will get (in a new browser tab) to a page at the ABEbooks web site that explains who they are and what they do; but the long and the short of it is that they are a combined virtual storefront for thousands of book sellers, large and small, around the world. When you query a book at ABEbooks, each of their member booksellers’ matching stock is displayed. And that stock can include both new and used editions.

Whenever we list a book with a link—as on our “Selected Baseball Books” page—that link is to an ABEbooks search for that book by book title and author name—or, occasionally, by ISBN when we want to specify a particular edition of the title.

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About “Condition” for Used Books

There is a standard set of terms used by used-book sellers to describe the condition of the books they sell, and it behooves the potential buyer to be acquainted with those terms. While ABEbooks has a useful page describing those usual terms, here is a quick summary (but see the linked page for more detail, including some modifying descriptors).

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