Dr. Korcz's Bookhound Page
 
 





"When I get a little money I buy books; and if any is left I buy food and clothes." - Erasmus
 
 
Looking for books online? Here are some links to useful resources: places you can read about and purchase books. I've found these resources invaluable in looking for good books, doing research and stretching my book-buying dollars. For a list of book I'd recommend, see my Favorite Books page.

A bookstore joke: "I went to a bookstore today. I asked the woman behind the counter where the self-help section was. She said, "If I told you, that would ruin the whole point, now, wouldn't it?""
N.B.: I can't vouch for the content of others' web sites. Use reasonable caution when ordering anything online!
 
 


Table of Contents
 
Book Search Engines
Sellers of Used Books
Sellers of New Books
Publisher's Closeouts
Book Reviews
Book Related Sites
Book Sites By Topic
Textbooks Online
Great Bookstores I Have Known





Book Search Engines
Bookfinder.com
Searches the databases of ABE Books, Amazon.com and many other online bookstores for your title. Over 150 million new and used books available!

Booksprice.com - searches the inventory of numerous on-line bookstores.

bookfinder4u
Two search engines, one for new books and one for used. Compares 130 bookstores, 200 million books.

Bublos.com
Compares prices from 48 bookstores, including half.com, alibris and many new bookstores.

Fetchbook.info
Compares prices from 145 bookstores.

Dealtime.com
Formerly Evenbetter, which was formerly DealPilot, which was formerly Acses. Also features many other products!

Isbn.nu
Search 14 online sources of books, mostly new books. Over 3 million titles.

BestWebBuys - searches for books (over 17 online bookstores), including publisher's closeouts.

Allbookstores.com - Compare prices at 36+ online book outlets.

Addall Books - compares prices from 40 online bookstores.

Feedbooks.com - guide to e-books available online.

Tidbit: The smallest printed book is Anton Chekhov's Chameleon and measures .035 by .035 inches. It was published in Russia in 1996.
 
Sellers of Used Books
 
The following are sites in which you can search the inventories of thousands of used bookstores around the world. In most cases, you order directly from the bookstore.
ABE Books
Lists over 140 million used books from 13,500+ booksellers around the world!

Half.com
Lists books, movies, music and games, often at incredibly low prices. 

Alibris
Formerly Interloc.com, now merged with Bibliocity. Over 170 million books.

AntiQbook
Specializes in antiquarian books. Over 9 million books from over 900 booksellers around the world.

Biblio.com
100 million + used books. 

Tidbit: The highest price paid for any book was $11.9 million for a 226 page manuscript of The Gospel Book of Henry the Lion, Duke of Saxony, illustrated around 1170CE. For comparison, the most ever paid for a rough diamond was for a 255.1 carat stone, which sold for a mere $10 million.
 
Sellers of New Books
Amazon.com
The big one!

Barnes & Noble
The other big one!

Chapters Indigo - Canadian online bookseller.

Google ebooks - many are free!
 
Tidbit: The  bookstore with the most titles in the world, W. & G. Foyle Ltd., has over 30 miles of book shelves. An eccentric place, books are organized by publisher rather than author, and the owner refused to install computers.
 
Publisher's Closeouts

BookOutlet

Books-A-Million.com - BAM!
Daedalus Books
Relatively small selection, but fancy website. They carry music too.

HamiltonBooks.com
Huge selection and very cheap shipping!

Labyrinth Books
They specialize in academic and university presses. 40,000+ books in their Sale Annex!

Tidbit: The oldest handwritten book still intact is a Coptic Psalter dated to about 300AD, found in 1984 in Egypt.

Book Reviews
NOTE: most of the sellers of new books include online reviews.
Award Winning Books (Amazon.com list)

New York Times Book Review

ReviewOfBooks.com
Links to free reviews on the net

Booklist Online
Reviews from the American Library Association.

Better Book Titles
Renames classic books to concisely indicate their contents.

Tidbit: The best-selling copyright book is the Guinness Book of World Records, which has sold over 80 million copies.

Book Related Sites
Antiquarian Bookseller's Association of America
Levenger
Sells nice book related items such as book weights, book stands, etc.

Wayfair Bookcases
Over 1,500 models to choose from!

Tidbit: The most overdue book ever borrowed from a library was borrowed in 1667-1668, and not returned until 1955, a span of 288 years. The book was about the Archbishop of Bremen.

Book Sites By Topic
 
Academic
American Association of University Presses List
Banned Books -- read banned books!!!
ALA Banned Books Site
Includes lists and info. about banned book week.

Banned Books and Censorship

Banned Books available on-line
Beat Generation
The Beat Museum
City Lights bookstore
Audio Books
Audio Editions
Emergencies
Emergency Books and Training
Music
Music Books Plus
Mysteries
Partners and Crime
Great URL!!!
Niche Books
Disinformation Headshop
The lone gunmen's favorite.
Philosophy
Powell's.com
Specializes in used philosophy books.

Timothy Wilder Rare Books
Best place to find things like early, 17th century editions of books by Descartes, etc.

Erratic Impact Philosophy Bookstore
Guide to series' of philosophy books, university presses, and books by subject.
Robots
RobotBooks.com

Textbooks Online
 
textbookland.com
Searches 20 on-line bookstores & compares prices.

chegg.com
Buy or rent books.

eCampus.com
Textbooks & lots of other stuff.

efollett.com
Books, clothing, etc.

BigWords - compares prices on textbooks.

Valorebooks - over 15 million titles.

StudentMarket.com
Books, furniture and more!

Great Bookstores I Have Known
Book House of Dinkytown (Minneapolis, MN)

John K. King Books (Detroit, MI)

Moe's (Berkeley, CA)

Powell's Bookstore (Chicago, IL)
 

Tidbit: If you ever wondered what might be done with old books, check out Brian Dettmer's page!