Finding Secondhand Books

“Used books,” as if someone else has had the best of them and you get the sere husk, or the lees, as if a book isn’t the one thing, the one product, that is forever new. There’s no such thing as a used book. Or there’s no such thing as a book if it’s not being used.”

Deborah Meyler, The Bookstore
finding secondhand books

Hobby, habit, compulsion – call it what you like, I don’t judge anyone pursuing secondhand books. If you’re seeking a hard-to-find or out-of-print book, you may already know the websites eager to help you:

(Got another favorite book-selling website? Leave a comment and I may add it to the list!)

And there’s many other resources for finding that dead tree edition you need, like Amazon, eBay and Barnes & Noble. But when you’re searching for that one elusive tome that no one on the internet seems to have in stock, try this site and make it a little easier on yourself:

Bookfinder will comb almost all of the book-selling websites out there for you. Search for your title and it’ll return all of your buying options and prices! This is now my go-to site for finding secondhand books.

I apologize in advance if this contributes to anyone’s tsundoku.


  1. Curtis Morgan

    First stop that includes all the sites you listed & permits instant comparison shopping: !

    • Jesse Mueller

      Yes, I mentioned Bookfinder a little further down. Such a nice tool, it helped me find an OOP book I’d been hunting for for 3 years.

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