Looking for a book? Go to vialibri.net this is the site booksellers use. It has a massive search engine which searches all the other sites we used to use - addall, bookfinder, abebooks, alibris, biblio, Tomfolio and amazon.


There are several factors to keep in mind. First remember that the paperback edition, the first trade edition and the limited first edition of the same title are all different.


Condition is another factor. Booksellers have their own terminology to describe condition and faults with which you need to be familiar, if you are not to be disappointed. A book described as in “good condition” may actually be in quite bad condition. A book said to be a “fine copy” is better than one described as a “very good” copy. A fine copy will command double the price of a very good copy. So when researching and comparing prices on the Internet, you must take into account the variables of edition and condition.


Happy hunting!

BUYING BOOKS ON THE INTERNET

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HANDLING HINTS

Dos

When removing a book from its shelf, push adjoining volumes further back so that you can get a firm grip on the spine.


Use only good quality acid-free paper for bookmarks. 

                                                                                                 


Specially designed copiers are available that do not strain the backs of valuable books.                                                 

Don’ts

Don’t pull on the head cap as this often causes

damage.



Fringed leather bookmarks, as sold in museum shops, or silver ones from Tiffany’s, are damaging to books.


To avoid breaking their bindings, don’t open old books more than 90 degrees. For the same reason older books should not be spread flat for photo-copying or scanning.

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