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message 1: by Linda2 (new)

Linda2 I buy most of my books as used paperbacks due to financial considerations. Those of you who can't find library copies might want to consult these sites.

www.alibris.com
www.abebooks.com
www.amazon.com
www.barnesandnoble.com (use "Search"--"used products.")

All are clearinghouses for hundreds of used and out-of-print book dealers. There are many others too, but these 4 are prominent and reliable, and all carry both paperbacks and hardbacks.


message 2: by SarahC (last edited Sep 12, 2010 05:28AM) (new)

SarahC (sarahcarmack) | 220 comments Rochelle,

I have used these sites too. Not to promote them particularly, but Amazon is now offering pretty good used deals that can be included in the free shipping total that they have always offered. I am sure that is simply making them more competitive these days, but still I appreciate the savings.

I have to recommend Powells.com though, still the largest independent seller in the U.S. and they also offer a good range of used books, particularly things you can't find on Amazon. I have ordered from them since the earth was still cooling.

I just think we are all turning to the local public libraries more due to our book budgets, I know several of us have commented here! Even better savings there, haha.


message 3: by Gabriele (new)

Gabriele Wills (muskoka) | 526 comments Mod
Thanks for the links, ladies!


message 4: by [deleted user] (new)

Thanks for the links! My only glitch here is, I don't like to buy a book I haven't read, unless I know that I absolutely want to read it! I have used bookswap on goodreads, and it worked pretty well.


message 5: by [deleted user] (new)

Jeannette wrote: "Thanks for the links! My only glitch here is, I don't like to buy a book I haven't read, unless I know that I absolutely want to read it! I have used bookswap on goodreads, and it worked pretty w..."

I can't wait till bookswap comes to us in the UK.


message 6: by SarahC (new)

SarahC (sarahcarmack) | 220 comments Jeannette wrote: "Thanks for the links! My only glitch here is, I don't like to buy a book I haven't read, unless I know that I absolutely want to read it! I have used bookswap on goodreads, and it worked pretty w..."

I may think of doing it. I do bookswap on another site and have always liked it.


message 7: by [deleted user] (new)

Unfortunately GR bookswap is limited to the US. It would be cool if they set it up in the EU, too.

I sent a book and received a book the first time I tried bookswap. I got rid of Jane Bites Back, Sarah. ;)


message 8: by SarahC (new)

SarahC (sarahcarmack) | 220 comments I am proud of your good trades, Jeannette. As long as your are sure you could part with Jane Bites... heehee

And I did find a copy of the Mitford book, so I will be ready to read soon.


message 9: by Gabriele (new)

Gabriele Wills (muskoka) | 526 comments Mod
Yay!!!


message 10: by [deleted user] (new)

Sarah wrote: "I am proud of your good trades, Jeannette. As long as your are sure you could part with Jane Bites... heehee "

I hope the recipient was as happy as I was. :)


message 11: by Ivan (new)

Ivan Sarah wrote: "I am proud of your good trades, Jeannette. As long as your are sure you could part with Jane Bites... heehee

And I did find a copy of the Mitford book, so I will be ready to read soon."


You're going to love the Mitford.


message 12: by SarahC (new)

SarahC (sarahcarmack) | 220 comments Hi Ivan, good to see you. I still haven't properly jumped into it -- maybe tonight -- but still looking forward to it.


message 13: by Gabriele (new)

Gabriele Wills (muskoka) | 526 comments Mod
Hope you'll join our discussion, Ivan!


message 14: by [deleted user] (new)

Gabriele wrote: "Hope you'll join our discussion, Ivan!"

Please, do, Ivan!


message 15: by Ivan (new)

Ivan Well, if you ladies insist.


message 16: by DJ (new)

DJ  (djdivaofjava) | 269 comments Yes,we do!
LOL...


message 17: by Gabriele (new)

Gabriele Wills (muskoka) | 526 comments Mod
Indeed!


message 18: by [deleted user] (new)

Are you blushing yet, Ivan? :)


message 19: by Ivan (new)

Ivan Aw, shucks.


message 20: by Ivan (new)

Ivan Rochelle wrote: "I buy most of my books as used paperbacks due to financial considerations. Those of you who can't find library copies might want to consult these sites.

www.alibris.com
www.abebooks.com
www...."


I'm a big champion of used books. I buy most of what I read used; and these sites offer pretty good deals.


message 21: by Linda2 (new)

Linda2 Since I posted that, I've also discovered the used book swap on GR, and www.paperbackBookswap.com.

There are also many used book sales in my county held at libraries. Besides books from the library, folks from the surrounding area donate their books. And being a wealthy county, it's also very well-read. I just came from an 8-day sale with maybe 20,000 books, with more being put out daily to fill the holes. I bought 9 books, many on my A list, while donating 30 books to another sale. Next week I'll hit that second one.


message 22: by Linda2 (last edited Sep 28, 2010 11:57AM) (new)

Linda2 Sarah wrote"...Amazon is now offering pretty good used deals that can be included in the free shipping total that they have always offered."...

Sarah--Do used books qualify for free shipping at Amazon? They don't at B&N, because they come from third-party dealers. $4 shipping per book can add up.


message 23: by SarahC (new)

SarahC (sarahcarmack) | 220 comments Rochelle, congratulations of your finds at that sale. that is a fun way to shop too, sending in the books you have finished with and taking home a few more.

Yes, on Amazon now some of the used books are offered under the free shipping qualifying amount. Only some, so apparently they have changed the set up somehow, because I see those I have ordered under this deal seem to still come from a separate distribution places.

On Amazon, just look at the box in the upper right, and if there is a used book of that title available for the free shipping total, it will be noted there.

Maybe they are trying to be more competitive in the used book market - I dont know. I DO know all but a few books I buy are used books, so maybe they are seeing that is a good market now with many customers?

(I am certainly not trying to market for Amazon, there are other online sellers who have always offered great alternatives to Amazon and there still are IMO. I just have noticed that this new offering is slightly better than Amazon previously offered.)


message 24: by Linda2 (new)

Linda2 I know you're not marketing Amazon. :) Many online stores are now offering free shipping because of the economy. I've made some great deals on computer parts and craft materials.

I know many people who just solve the book problem by buying more bookcases, but I've run out of space. The ones I keep are those I know I'll read again. I still have some 45-year-old classic editions from college, and now I understand the difference between Trade Paperback and Mass Market Paperback!


message 25: by [deleted user] (new)

Except for manga (my biggest weakness) I borrow most of my books from the library. Unless I know I like a book, I don't usually buy. My last couple of purchases were real duds. I did use bookswap on GR and it worked really well. Now, if only someone had the books I want!


message 26: by SarahC (last edited Sep 28, 2010 01:32PM) (new)

SarahC (sarahcarmack) | 220 comments I know Jeannette has the most efficient idea, concerning space and cost. I am using the public library more than ever and our city library has a pretty good collection.

I think I inherited my book collecting from the last two generations of my family. I don't really truly collect though, because like you, Rochelle, I just don't have the space. I do love buying interesting books though. Then I trade them off if they just don't seem like a classic for my bookshelves.

So you have more of a manga library at home, Jeannette? The main ones I keep as my library are 19th century and early 20th century writers and ones that remind me of those, does that make sense? Modern books, but with a classic feel? What do you tend to keep Rochelle? Others?


message 27: by Linda2 (last edited Sep 28, 2010 02:21PM) (new)

Linda2 I've kept only the classics I like, but also modern novels I like, biography, and nonfiction that's not outdated, mostly science and history. I generally know which books I would like to read again a few years or even 30 years down the road.

Before I hit the used book lists online, I already have a TBR list culled from book reviews, usually the NY Times, so I'm not buying a cat-in-a-bag. I don't use online shopping for browsing unknown books, just as I research everything else before I buy.

What's manga?


message 28: by Linda2 (new)

Linda2 I see we share another group, Sarah, the Western Canon.


message 29: by [deleted user] (new)

Manga is Japanese comic books. The styles range from romance, magic, action, to some more mature/violent. I read the more girly romance stories, some of them with action. They are read right-to-left, just like in the Japanese versions.

I have some classics on my shelves (Bronte, Austen), and a few mystery series I have collected (Christie, Grimes), fantasy and sci-fi. I do have a few bookshelves, I just don't usually by "untried" books.


message 30: by Linda2 (new)

Linda2 When you reach my age, your house will be covered in books.


message 31: by [deleted user] (new)

lol! I'm not as young as you think I am.... I'm just a bit of a book-weeder. :)


message 32: by SarahC (new)

SarahC (sarahcarmack) | 220 comments Rochelle wrote: "I see we share another group, Sarah, the Western Canon."

Rochelle, I know I have seen you in one of the other groups, but I am not in Western Canon. Is that group moderated by Everyman? I am sure the discussions are good. I have a lot of groups listed, but don't participate in them much-- I often just check to see what they are reading :)


message 33: by SarahC (new)

SarahC (sarahcarmack) | 220 comments That is smart that you do your research before you buy books. I do that too, but still find the choices are difficult with more newly published books.

Jeannette, have you read any or been impressed by any graphic novels that are influenced by manga, but are more western in style or have more varied content maybe? I am unfamiliar with them although I have read about them a little.


message 34: by Linda2 (new)

Linda2 Mea culpa. Is is Victorians? Canon IS moderated by Everyman.


message 35: by Linda2 (last edited Sep 28, 2010 03:59PM) (new)

Linda2 I get the New Yorker book reviews and several others delivered to my inbox, too. But newly published hardbacks are beyond my financial means. By the time they're out in paperback, I've read a number of reviews and tweaked my running list.

Is manga written in Japanese? Otherwise the right-to-left would read backwards.


message 36: by SarahC (new)

SarahC (sarahcarmack) | 220 comments Rochelle wrote: "Mea culpa. Is is Victorians? Canon IS moderated by Everyman."

Yes, Victorians is a group I am in also.


message 37: by [deleted user] (new)

Manga is written in Japanese, but when they are translated into English the format is retained (R-to-L) to prevent having to modify the artwork. You get used to reading that way after the first volume.


message 38: by SarahC (new)

SarahC (sarahcarmack) | 220 comments I think that is so interesting about manga and I guess you know you are getting a more original form in the artwork by them retaining the format. You don't have to feel like the book lost something along the way.


message 39: by [deleted user] (new)

American manga and Korean manwha are written L-to-R. I have to ask someone why the Korean books have our format.

I haven't read many original graphic novels. I have looked at some of the made-over classics, like Pride & Prejudice. Some GN are just American comics in book form, but there are quite a few graphic novels that have a more serious tone. Maus I: A Survivor's Tale: My Father Bleeds History, The Complete Persepolis are a couple that come to mind. They both get very good reviews. I prefer to read those types of stories in novel form.


message 40: by [deleted user] (last edited Sep 28, 2010 05:27PM) (new)

Here is a schematic showing how a typical page of manga reads. You can see why this could be hard to flip.

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message 41: by DJ (new)

DJ  (djdivaofjava) | 269 comments Hi, does Boone have secondhand Bookhps near them?
I'm beginning to feel very spoiled by the area in which I live.....


message 42: by DJ (new)

DJ  (djdivaofjava) | 269 comments That should read No-one.
Sorry.


message 43: by [deleted user] (new)

I think you should feel very lucky about the area you live in, DJ! There is a used bookstore downtown; I should check it out again.


message 44: by SarahC (new)

SarahC (sarahcarmack) | 220 comments Jeannette wrote: "Here is a schematic showing how a typical page of manga reads. You can see why this could be hard to flip.

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So that image shows the order in which you go across the page, so to speak? Ok, Jeannette, when you have time, would you look at your manga favorites and see if there is one you would recommend as a starter for me and message me or do a "recommend"? I really would like to see what they are like.


message 45: by DJ (new)

DJ  (djdivaofjava) | 269 comments I officially feel very grateful to my Bookshops.... :-)


message 46: by Gabriele (new)

Gabriele Wills (muskoka) | 526 comments Mod
DJ, it sounds to me like they should be grateful to you!!! : )


message 47: by [deleted user] (new)

Gabriele wrote: "DJ, it sounds to me like they should be grateful to you!!! : )"

haha! That they should! :)


message 48: by [deleted user] (new)

Sarah wrote: "So that image shows the order in which you go across the page, so to speak..."

The large numerals show panel order and the small numerals show the order of speech bubble. Sometimes I get confused with speech bubbles, still!

I will post a few pages on my profile and think of a series you might enjoy -- something that isn't too confusing to follow!


message 49: by DJ (new)

DJ  (djdivaofjava) | 269 comments LOL....
I suppose I do help keep a few n business....

My job at the Bookshop is going really well and I am having a great time whilst learning about other aspects and types of genre....
I mean I'm helping people find and choose books....and ten getting to hear what they think......
To quote The Honey Monster "They're Greaaaaaattttttt!!".


message 50: by [deleted user] (new)

Jeannette wrote: "Sarah wrote: "So that image shows the order in which you go across the page, so to speak..."

The large numerals show panel order and the small numerals show the order of speech bubble. Sometimes ..."


I posted some scans for you on my profile page. :)


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