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Out of Print Book Search

December 1st, 2004, 07:01 AM
I was wondering if anyone knows of any good used book sites. I am searching for a book that is out of print. I tried checking, and no one seems to have it, even used. Know of any other sites I could check... moreso ones that are only for used books?

December 1st, 2004, 07:34 AM
Have you checked ebay? I found some sewing books for my mom on ebay and they were CHEAP.
Sometimes you can find them in second hand stores as well, but then you have to have time to search.

December 1st, 2004, 07:53 AM

I just ordered a few very hard to find items and have already rec'd them! They are world wide, as well! It was recommended to me by a bookstore and I am very impressed by this site!

December 1st, 2004, 08:58 AM
What book are you looking for? I love searching for things on the net. Let me know and I will find it for you.

I used to work at a bookstore and I can usually find out of print books with private sellers. If I find it, I can give you the contact info.

(like mastiff says below, ISBN would be helpful...should be on one of the first pages, or near the barcode on the back)

December 1st, 2004, 09:09 AM
If you have an ISBN number and as much info as you have. I have access to the library archives at my office I can do a search for you.

December 1st, 2004, 09:53 AM
abe is a great site but does not always list every book. We have some wonderful used book stores in Halifax so if you let me know the title, I may be able to tell you if they have it. I have found almost (one exception but they helped me locate that one elsewhere) every 2nd hand book I was searching for. or .com also has 2nd hand books of the ones they sell, even out of print books and eBay is of course good. The best prices are eBay, best selection is abe.

Another option is to type the name of the book title in quotation marks (for ex: "The Cat Who Saw a Cardinal" and you might be amazed to find the book somewhere in the global village for sale.

Also, have you considered dling books? Most classics are available for downlaod for FREE at the Guttenburg Project and of course peer to peer apps like Napster and and KaZaa (not so fav since it is absolutely full of spyware and other nasties) have many of the latest best sellers and some of the alltime noteworthy books in a variety of formats(.lit, .doc, .zip, ,rar, .html, .txt and so forth). There is also another P2P app that specializes in seperate groups and some of them are books (Most are music oriented and you must share 20 gigs of data but I have found many books that way. I like to collect in digital/electronic format even ones I own in already own in the traditional format).

On a typical weekend on one of my favourite P2P apps, utilizing the "correct" setup configuration and search parameters, one can find and dl a complete set of the Sue Grafton series, every book John Grisham ever wrote, all of the Lilian Braun Jackson "Cat Who" collection, possibly the sum total of each and every sci fi book (ficton AND non fiction) publication ever penned or typewritten (lending some credibility to the widely held view that computer science people are avid sci fi fans), most of the novels you loved as a child (aka the Bobbsey Twins, Nancy Drew, Donna Parker, Enid Blyton (if you are British or from some othef Commonwealth country and over 30, lol), Most best selling mystery authors, Coles and Cliff's Notes on virtually (pun intended) every subject, most of those expensive computer science texts or popular computer programming written for the general public like the Laura LeMay series, the For Dummies and Sams In a Nutshell books, political treatises from Noam Chomsky to Ann Coutler to Bill and Hillary Clinton's best sellers and favs like the Harry Potter phenomenon!

Most people transfer the files to their Pocket PC (smaller in many cases than a novel) or their laptop. Be aware of course that thus far, this type of downloading is legal in Canada but that may change but it is NOT legal in the US.

If you are one of those born to read people, there is nothing quite as wonderful as holding a novel in your hand but finding that elusive novel you read and loved but somehow lost in 1975 is also a pretty good feeling. As accustomed as I am to tech stuff and admitting to being a full fledged gadget person, I still marvel at knowing every one of The Great Books that once adorned the walls of my family's living room is now available free online - and that I can read any one of them any time of the day or night in several formats.

So, possibly you or I may find your book for you in a less traditional manner. ;)

Lucky Rescue
December 1st, 2004, 10:23 AM
Have you tried this one? (

December 1st, 2004, 10:57 AM
Wow, thanks guys!
The book is called Slow Death, by Jim Fielder.
I have tried the sites (bookfinder & abebooks) that you guys listed and they don't even find the book, let alone have it for sale... I am beginning to think it's a lost cause! :)
Ebay doesn't have it either... at least right now.
Montel had a show about the guy in the book, and everyone raved about it. I began to look for the book as soon as I saw the show and that was a few weeks ago. I had it ordered from Walden Books because they were out of it, and now they say they won't be getting it back in.
Anyway... thanks for your help! I will still be looking. :D

December 1st, 2004, 11:14 AM
How could I forget the best source of all! Have you tried interlibrary loan thru your public library? This service allows you to make a request to libraries nationwide from your local branch. Many, but not all libraries, are members of this service. I have had very good luck in finding hard-to-find titles using this service. You cannot purchase the items, but you can certainly borrow them!

December 1st, 2004, 12:24 PM
I searched on google and note that it's used as a textbook for many schools. I found tons of places selling it!

I think the bestplace was this one:

They had links to all kinds of other places that sell it. I bought from ecampus before. They have it for 4.88 plus shipping.

Or you can go directly to the publisher here ( and they will point you to places that sell it.

December 1st, 2004, 02:09 PM
Go to and search for it.
You can purchase it there on that site.
"Merry Christmas" :thumbs up

December 1st, 2004, 03:48 PM
Thanks guys... but when you actually click buy now or add to cart, it says it's out of stock or out of print, or special order.
That's why I was thinking of getting it used, but I can't seem to find a used one either.

December 1st, 2004, 04:51 PM
Take a look around for out of the way independant book stores. There's one on the way to my in-laws that from the outside is a big barn. Inside, hundreds and hundreds of old books. I found 80 yr old books for a quarter! A place like that is golden if you can find one! Maybe look on the net at user groups or something, some place where collecters get together.

December 1st, 2004, 05:50 PM
Here's a couple of sites I have used to find books for my Dad:

Sorry if any of those repeat what others suggested.


December 1st, 2004, 07:16 PM
It IS available here: (

December 1st, 2004, 07:26 PM
That is by Stewart Home, I'm looking for Slow Death by Jim Fielder. Thanks though! :D
This is the one:

December 2nd, 2004, 09:01 AM
I doubt you would find it used as it's only been in print for less than 2 years (2003).

And since it's so cheap new, I would buy it new. I don't think the book is out of print, it's just out of stock, which means the printer is printing more.

Because it's christmas time, chances are they are working overtime to print tons of books for sale.

If you were in Toronto, I would tell you to go to the Worlds Biggest Bookstore as they have it in stock.

December 2nd, 2004, 01:27 PM
Would they ship?? Maybe??
The store I ordered it from said that it was out of stock and on back order but after calling them for the umpteenth time they said it was out of print and don't expect it again. They said normally a book that is this new would come back soon but since it's in the true crime category they highly, highly doubt it.