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Old 11-01-2013, 02:29 PM
 
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AbeBooks.com You can get some great deals.
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Old 11-01-2013, 06:18 PM
 
Location: Henderson, NV, U.S.A.
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four dollars shipping is too much. let's take an example: you want a used copy of lee child's first jack reacher paperback; killing floor.

open abebooks.com, enter lee child, killing floor. start sorting results: hit used. hit soft cover. select a country: USA. first hit is owl books out of toledo oh: $1.00 + $2.48 shipping = $3.48.

open amazon, enter killing floor. hit used. first (cheapest): $2.88 + $3.99 shipping = $6.87.

hmmm. decisions. decisions.

i do alot of business with abebooks. a big plus is most times you can see the cover art you're getting. so if you don't want a movie tie in cover, say, tom cruise's mug plastered on a novel written 15 years before the movie came out, you can look for the original or different cover.
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Old 11-01-2013, 08:00 PM
 
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Will try using abebooks.com from now on. I don't get the free shipping from Amazon because I don't use Amazon its self to buy the books. I buy the cheapest book available.Usually that's through a company that is using Amazon to sell their books.
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Old 11-01-2013, 10:29 PM
 
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When it comes to brick and mortar stores, some grocery stores under the Kruger chain sometimes will sell paperbacks for $4 to 5.
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Old 11-02-2013, 06:33 AM
 
Location: Henderson, NV, U.S.A.
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Will try using abebooks.com from now on. I don't get the free shipping from Amazon because I don't use Amazon its self to buy the books. I buy the cheapest book available.Usually that's through a company that is using Amazon to sell their books.
let us know about your experience. [on abebooks] sometimes i will check hardcover and more times than not you'll see some for $1.00. these are ex-library books, with the library name stamped inside the cover, clear plastic protective covering, dewey decimal on the spine. usually in good shape. some sellers are very descriptive and will detail any markings in the book, scuff marks, highlighted text, etc. book rating terms you may see:

http://www.ioba.org/pages/resources/...n-definitions/
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Old 11-02-2013, 02:58 PM
 
Location: Vegas
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Many e-books are free.

In general I too tend to borrow books for free from my local public library rather than buying new books.

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If you read a lot, it should be worth your time to get a laptop or some e-reader. Thousands of books are available online through Amazon, Kobe, Barns & Nobel, and many others for less than $3. In addition, Books on the Knob blog @ Books on the Knob has daily deals on all sorts of books, many of them free. I have the Kindle and Nook applications on my PC that allows me access to those same free books.
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Old 11-03-2013, 05:34 AM
 
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I don't buy books, I get them free from the library. No need to buy; once I've read it I don't need to have it gather dust on the bookshelf.
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Old 11-06-2013, 01:44 PM
 
Location: Dallas
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Alibris.com. Have found some really great bargains on that site.
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Old 11-06-2013, 04:30 PM
 
Location: Lafayette
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Halfprice books
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Old 11-07-2013, 12:09 PM
 
Location: Delaware
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I get most of mine at thrift stores. There is a place near where I live that sell them for .25 per paperback and .50 per hardback.
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