Looking for old books can be unduly tiring and time-consuming, if you are not aware of the correct places to look for them. In what follows, readers will be acquainted with 5 such places, where such rare books are most likely to be available. Searching for old, ‘out-of-print’ books can pose to be a problematic affair. Such texts would generally not be available at the leading book stores in your locality, and you might end up wasting a great deal of time, while on the hunt for a rare and valuable book. Forgetting the actual title of the book and/or the author name can add to the complications further. Over here, we will elaborate on five places where you are most likely to stumble upon the rare book that you have been looking for:

  • At a fellow-book lover’s house – One of the easiest places where you can find that elusive title. If a friend/neighbor/colleague or any other acquaintance happens to share your love for books, invite yourself over to their place, and request for permission to go through their personal collections. If you indeed find the book you are after, borrow it for a few days.
  • At the public libraries – Public libraries typically have a wide collection of both fictional as well as nonfiction books. As such, it would not be surprising if the library in your town/city has a copy of the book(s) that are no longer available in the markets. Take out a day to scour through the catalogs of all the noted public libraries in your locality. You might just find the book you are after!
  • At second-hand book stores – Yet another good place to look for ‘out-of-print’ books is the used book stores, which are present in practically every city. You will need to have the time and patience to jot down the addresses of all such book stores in your neighborhood, before starting to visit them. If you are a South African resident, you will find many such used book stores, which have large collections of both story books and textbooks in South Africa.
  • At the office of the publishing house – If you are aware of the name of the publishing house which had brought out the book you are looking for, that might prove advantageous. Get in touch with the publisher, via phone or email – and ask whether they happen to retain a copy of the book in question. If possible, pay a visit to the publisher’s office, to interact with the staff there in a better manner. They might even be able to refer you other places where you can find the book.
  • At online book stores – This is precisely where technology can come to the aid of those who are on the hunt for rare books. Find out the details about the leading online book shops, and look through their catalogs carefully. Make sure that you are using the correct book title and author name in your searches. You can even place ‘requests’ on these reading websites, and be notified as and when the concerned book becomes available. One of the biggest advantages of these online book shops is that – the electronic copies of the old books are kept in fine, readable condition, unlike their physical counterparts, which can become dilapidated.
Apart from the above sources, you should also keep an eye out for book auctions that are held from time to time in different places. Bear in mind that, old and rare books tend to be priced at slightly higher levels – so you need to find out from where you can get the best deal. Be smart while searching for old pieces of literature – the task might not be as difficult as it first appears to be!

Author’s Bio: Rickey is the owner of a renowned book publishing agency. His book previews and reading tips also enjoy widespread popularity among readers. In here, he lists out 5 places where a reader is most likely to find rare and valuable books.

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9/19/2013 07:38:30 am

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10/3/2013 04:24:57 pm

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10/18/2013 02:12:53 am

great, I wonder how long it takes, I'll read them all

10/18/2013 02:21:07 am

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10/20/2013 08:51:37 pm

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3/6/2014 12:38:14 am

a huge library, perhaps the history books will be my first goal, it's a passion is what I'm curious about the past

3/13/2014 01:53:34 pm

The story involves Umberto Scalli (the great Timothy Farrell, THE DEVIL'S SLEEP, DANCE HALL RACKET) running a women's wrestling gym and league. Umberto turns out to be your average piece of dog slime; a pimp, a con artist and a lady beater, just to get started. He hires Peaches Page to be his new wrestling find, most likely due to her huge chest and small IQ. Umberto's lovable friend Joe the Jockey (one hit wonder Don Ferrera) can't help but look at Peaches' chest and neither can the audience as those boobs continuously bob as she runs, throws the weight ball, uses the rowing machine, wrestles, and, my favorite, jumps rope. It really doesn't matter that she disappears by the second reel since she said all she had to say. So Umberto's a slime, he tries to get Ms. Mortensen and Ms. Martinez to throw the fight, but neither will, and in the end Umberto dies. Of course there's other stuff, by why should I try to make sense out of this?

6/8/2014 01:29:05 pm

a large library, I like to read books about the life of experience.

10/27/2017 11:31:29 am

This is very much a work in progress whenever I find out about one who is more beautiful than any of these I will add her and kick out number ten Thanks for


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