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December 23, 2004

The Accursed--and Expensive--Kings and Pricey Company

The cheapest copy Amazon knows about of Maurice Druon's The Iron King is $32.

The cheapest copy Amazon knows about of Kage Baker's Mendoza in Hollywood is $20.

I now have a renewed appreciation for the skill of the acquisition and collection maintenance policies of the Contra Costa County Library...

But there are definite market opportunities for reprints here, people...

Posted by DeLong at December 23, 2004 06:10 PM

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You should use Bookfinder.com (and no, I don't have a personal interest in the site, I'm just a fan). Bookfinder scans many websites for both new and used books and lists the results. It's the essential web resource for out-of-print books.

Cheapest copies:

Maurice Druon's The Iron King - $2.37
Kage Baker's Mendoza in Hollywood - $18.10

And it's based in Berkeley, so it's almost like supporting your local bookstore, no?

Posted by: Dan Ryan at December 23, 2004 07:43 PM

Another good site is www.alibris.com

Posted by: Laura at December 23, 2004 09:36 PM

And abebooks. Amazon is the worst way possible to buy second had books.

Posted by: Andrew Brown at December 23, 2004 11:18 PM

bn dot com used 15 bucks, first edition hardback 47. They get a lot of books from Canadian sellers, and there is still a (shrinking) currency exchange advantage. I bought a number of books through Barnes and Noble online for decent prices (mostly professional literature) and was really happy with how it worked out. Amazon is okay but they rate poorly on the buyblue website, so pox on them and fie! I say. Until I'm desperate.

Posted by: bigfoot at December 23, 2004 11:28 PM

Druon makes some effort to be true to history but his work is still fiction. Why bother when you can get real stuff, like for example "Trial of the Templars".


Posted by: a at December 24, 2004 12:25 AM

8.99 on Ebay, the official new economic policy of the Big Dick Cheney regime, for The Iron King. I don't use Ebay, but I can look.....

Posted by: bigfoot at December 24, 2004 01:06 AM

Glad to see bookfinder and alibris are already here; I rarely use any other services. Alibris has always been there in a pinch and the books are good quality, many very difficult to find.

Posted by: Matt at December 24, 2004 04:43 AM

Bookfinder also is good for German, French, and Italian books (but not Spanish or other langauges). If Amazon is the best source (and it sometimes is) bookfinder will steer you there. Likewise to ABE, which is my source of choice since it links you to small local bookstores.

A 2nd-hand-bookstore-owning friend has closed his storefront and does everything on the net now. Before he quit it was 70% net anyway. It wasn't a good development for him, but he survived.

Posted by: John Emerson at December 24, 2004 07:50 AM

There is no need for time travel when everything you need is right here.

Posted by: cloquet at December 24, 2004 08:25 AM

Elibron.com publishes cheap reprints and e-books in very small press runs, though mostly public domain stuff. It's worth browsing.

Posted by: John Emerson at December 24, 2004 10:34 AM

Just checked Elibron. 190 titles by Anthony Trollope, from $1.25 for some e-books up to about $30.00 for some hardcover editions. 18,000 fiction titles in all.

Posted by: John Emerson at December 24, 2004 10:44 AM