Newhouse News Service,
Why 'Tops' Lists Come in Tens, and Why We Love Them (December 30, 2005)
Whether looking forward or remembering backward, nothing tops a Top 10. The lists proliferate as one year fades into another. Some Top 10s get lots of attention, such as news roundups of the biggest stories of the previous 12 months. Many more lists you've probably never heard of. Nevertheless, they reveal an intimate peek into what people are thinking or doing or using or buying or planning or reading...Top 10 out-of-print books of 2005 from BookFinder.com: 1. 'Sex' (1992) by Madonna; 2. 'Sisters' (1981) by Lynne Cheney; 3. 'The Exorcism of Anneliese Michel' (1981) by Felicitas D. Goodman; 4. 'Where Troy Once Stood' (1991) by Iman Wilkens; 5. 'The Principles of Knitting' (1988) by June Hemmons Hiatt; 6. 'General Printing' (1963) by Glen Cleeton; 7. 'The New Soldier' (1971) edited by John Kerry; 8. 'The Lion's Paw' (1946) by Robb White; 9. 'Dear and Glorious Physician' (1959) by Taylor Caldwell; 10. 'The Book of Counted Sorrows' (2003) by Dean Koontz.
The Ten Best Top-Ten Lists (December 29, 2005)
Of the Top 10 Out-of-Print Books of 2005, Anirvan Chatterjee, founder of BookFinder.com, says, 'Looking at demand for out-of-print books is a great way to tell what people are interested in when they're not swayed by marketing campaigns.' That is true. What is also true is that it's impossible to tell anything else. Apparently, significant numbers of people are still fumbling with the Mylar wrapping around Madonna's infamous coffee-table book, 'Sex.' Sizable numbers of people are also still knitting. 1. Sex (1992), Madonna; 2. Sisters (1981), by Lynne Cheney; 3. The Exorcism of Anneliese Michel (1981), by Felicitas D. Goodman; 4. Where Troy Once Stood (1991), by Iman Wilkens; 5. The Principles of Knitting (1988), by June Hemmons Hiatt; 6. General Printing (1963), by Glen Cleeton; 7. The New Soldier (1971), edited by John Kerry; 8. The Lion's Paw (1946), by Robb White; 9. Dear and Glorious Physician (1959), by Taylor Caldwell; 10. The Book of Counted Sorrows (2003), by Dean Koontz.
Out-of-Print Books--Ranking (December 25, 2005)
According to BookFinder.com's research, the top 10 most sought after US out-of-print books of 2005 are...." Madonna's Sex (1992) is number one. Who knew?
The Times (London) (United Kingdom),
It's Christmas and Sex by Madonna is still No 1 (December 24, 2005)
Happy Christmas. Or Merry Christmas, as I am still used to saying. By the time that you read this, I'll be in my home town, New York City, very possibly walking across the Brooklyn Bridge -- which may not be the high peaceful haven that it usually is if the transit strike continues and intrepid New Yorkers continue to beat it on foot. From the US at this time of year comes one of our annual pleasures, BookFinder.com's top ten out-of-print books for 2005. New books? Who needs 'em? BookFinder.com's founder, Anirvan Chatterjee, speaks the truth when he says that 'looking at demand for out-of-print books is a great way to tell what people are interested in when they're not swayed by marketing campaigns'. You won't find Sharon Osbourne here. You will find (at No 2), however, Lynne Cheney, Dick's wife, whose novel, Sisters -- a lesbian romance, you'll recall, set in nineteenth century Wyoming -- still has a big following. Books by politicians (or their racy wives) always seem to do well; at No 7 is John Kerry's The New Soldier. He may not be President, but people are still buying his book. Mysteriously absent from this list, one must remark, is The Apprentice, the 1996 novel by Lewis 'Scooter' Libby, Cheney's deposed chief of staff. (I'll let you in on something now. We once tried to run an extract from this novel, set in early 20th century Japan and featuring girls having sex -- with bears; Libby's agent, suspecting -- rightly! -- that we might be making fun of him, wouldn't let us. Your loss -- I can only apologise.) In a sense these choices aren't surprising. More pleasing is the durability of such titles as The Principles of Knitting (1988) and General Printing (1963) -- everything you wanted to know about letterpress printing but were afraid to ask. No new books; no computer typesetting, either. Enough people think that the Trojan War might have taken place in England to make Iman Wilkins's Where Troy Once Stood No 4. The book posits that The Iliad and The Odyssey are based on a war between Celtic peoples that took place circa 1160BC. Take that, Homer. But then -- as Christmas comes round every year -- some things never change. The book at No 1? Madonna's Sex, of course. As it was last year. And, I believe, the year before that. You have to hand it to her. Have a good one, Madge. And all of you.
The Washington Times,
Auto Notes (December 23, 2005)
Try BookFinder.com for car research. The Internet can assist auto enthusiasts looking for hard-to-find books and other material on the subject...'Shoppers can order directly from the bookseller of their choice,' says Anirvan Chatterjee, founder of the service. The young entrepreneur developed BookFinder.com in 1996 as a class project at the University of California at Berkeley. Touting the value of his service to auto enthusiasts, Mr. Chatterjee says: 'You may not be able to afford a vintage vehicle, but you can always read about it.'
Best of The Web (December 22, 2005)
From the powerhouse superstores to neighborhood and specialty book shops, it's a bookselling bonanza on the Web. We like the sites that offer not only wide selection, but also personalize the book-buying experience with reviews, author interviews, excerpts and suggestions for similar reading...Created as a final project for a UC Berkeley class, BookFinder.com will locate new, used, and out-of-print books from children's favorite Green Eggs and Ham (hundreds of them) to the French version of Faulkner's The Sounds and the Fury. Search results are arranged by relevance (book titles at the top, audio versions, further down) and then once you click they're arranged by price order and you are directed to the bookseller's site for purchase. Incredibly slow search engine and lackluster design are letdowns, but with more than 1 million titles you'll most likely find the book you want--at a good price. Best: A real international feel--you can search in different languages and with different currencies. Worst: No keyword search and no categories to browse, so come knowing what you want.
Book2Book (United Kingdom),
BookFinder.com Lists Top 10 Out-of-Print Books for 2005 (December 21, 2005)
'Looking at demand for out-of-print books is a great way to tell what people are interested in when they're not swayed by marketing campaigns,' said Anirvan Chatterjee, founder of BookFinder.com. Often, the release of a film adaptation of a particular book fuels interest in that book, as is the case with The Exorcism of Emily Rose, a film released in September that boosted to No. 3 the out-of-print book on which the movie was based, Felicitas D. Goodman's 1981 nonfiction title The Exorcism of Anneliese Michel.
M2 Best Books (United Kingdom),
2005's top 10 out of print books revealed by Bookfinder.com (December 21, 2005)
A list of the top ten most searched-for out of print books for 2005 has been published by online book search facilitator BookFinder.com. According to BookFinder.com's listings the most sought-after out of print book this year is the 1992 book from pop icon Madonna entitled Sex.
The Book Standard,
Bookfinder.com Lists Top 10 Out-of-Print Books for 2005 (December 20, 2005)
BookFinder.com, a website that facilitates searches for and purchases of used, rare and out-of-print books, has announced its list of the top ten most-sought-after out-of-print books of 2005, with Madonna's infamous 1992 nudie book, Sex, leading the pack. 'Looking at demand for out-of-print books is a great way to tell what people are interested in when they're not swayed by marketing campaigns,' said Anirvan Chatterjee, founder of BookFinder.com. Often, the release of a film adaptation of a particular book fuels interest in that book, as is the case with The Exorcism of Emily Rose, a film released in September that boosted to No. 3 the out-of-print book on which the movie was based, Felicitas D. Goodman's 1981 nonfiction title The Exorcism of Anneliese Michel. Lynne Cheney's racy 1981 novel of female bisexuality and prostitution, Sisters, is second to Madonna's Sex on the Top 10 list...
Fix It and Sail by Brian Gilbert (December 20, 2005)
Restoration Resources:http://www.bookfinder.com/ (the source for out-of-print sailing books)
The Wall Street Journal,
Beyond Google (December 19, 2005)
One size doesn't necessarily fit all. It's true whether you're talking about clothes or screwdrivers. And it's also true in search engines. While Google Inc., Yahoo Inc. and Microsoft Corp. are great at serving up answers to many types of queries, they aren't always the best way to find specialized information. You'll often get thousands of results for your query -- but many of them end up off-topic, and there's no easy way to narrow them down to get to what you want...Here's a look at some common search tasks -- and a sampling of specialized search engines that will get you what you're looking for. You're looking for a book -- search tools: isbn.nu, BookFinder.com, RedLightGreen, NetLibrary. Searching for books online doesn't begin and end with Amazon. Isbn.nu, a site owned by Seattle free-lance journalist and consultant Glenn Fleishman, allows users to find and compare prices on books across about a dozen different online retailers. BookFinder.com, run by a unit of Canada's Abebooks Inc., provides a similar service.
The 25 Best Time Management Tools & Techniques: How to Get More Done Without Driving Yourself Crazy by Pamela Dodd & Doug Sundheim (December 15, 2005)
How to Buy Books for (Much) Less:Can't find a book at the usual outlets? Search for it at these sites: www.bookfinder.com
The Star-Tribune (Minneapolis),
Web search: The price is exactly right (December 7, 2005)
On Monday, Web Search took a look at the big price-comparison sites for online shopping. They try to cover everything, and their reliability depends on what product you're seeking. But the specialized price-search engines listed today focus on one thing, and thus give better results if you are looking for a specific item. Books: www.bookfinder.com/ BookFinder.com lists the lowest-priced books not only for new copies but used, as well. 'Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince,' for example was as low as $15.29 new and $9.50 used, plus shipping.
The Toronto Star (Canada),
Library find worth Cash (December 2, 2005)
Library officials realized the discovery had perfect timing because Walk the Line, a feature movie about Cash's life, is currently being seen in theatres across North America. Cash died in 2003, a few months after his wife. A roughneck in his early years, the country star surprised fans and critics alike in 1986 when he published his only novel, based on the conversion of the apostle St. Paul on the road to Damascus. The Owen Sound library withdrew its copy of Man in White from the sale and library officials began an Internet search. They found copies of the book signed by Cash listed online for between $400 and $600, but they were unable to determine the value with June Carter Cash's signature added. A copy of Man in White signed by Cash was priced at $421 at BookFinder.com yesterday.
The Washington Times,
Auto Notes (December 2, 2005)
BookFinder.com is a free service that scans an estimated 100 million books on any subject and connects searchers with a network of thousands of booksellers. 'Shoppers can order directly from the bookseller of their choice,' says Anirvan Chatterjee, founder of the service. The young entrepreneur developed BookFinder.com in 1996 as a class project at the University of California at Berkeley.
The Brand Advocate by Bill Nissim (December 1, 2005)
Brand Traps:The biggest brand name in online book sales is Amazon.com, not BookFinder.com. Why? History has demonstrated that consumers seek differentiated identities.
Bibilophile's Web Site: Abebooks Acquires BookFinder.com (December 2005)
We've always been committed to doing what's right for our user community, and our new affiliation with Abebooks won't change that in any way. Both we and Abebooks are committed to ensuring that BookFinder.com remains a completely unbiased platform. Booksellers who list on Abebooks will not get any special privileges on our marketplace; we're going to continue to connect our users to the best books out there, regardless of the source or vendor. We wouldn't be able to work with such a wide range of booksellers and listings services if they didn't trust us to be scrupulously honest.
The California Aggie (Davis, CA),
Bits & Bytes: Preparing for Next Quarter Techno-Style (November 30, 2005)
Davis students campuswide are eagerly awaiting their last final. But there?' a funny thing about quarters ending; they usually signal a new quarter on the horizon, and the start of that new quarter is always hectic. Parking lots fill up by 8 a.m., lines at the bookstore extend out the door and people run around like frantic lemmings, adding and dropping classes...Purchase books online to save cash: Find required texts by checking the expanded course descriptions or entering CRN numbers at daviswiki.org/cool_files/books. If the site isn't updated for the new quarter, drop by the bookstore and jot down ISBN numbers for required texts. You might try half.com or BookFinder.com for used books.
Pacific Daily News (Guam),
Price-Comparison Sites Make Online Shopping Easy (November 30, 2005)
Practically everything sold on the Internet is searchable through these sites: airplane tickets, cars, clothes, computer and technology-related goods, food and drink, jewelry, office equipment, toys and more. Most sites use similar interfaces. Once you master one, you can easily navigate the others...There are also product-specific sites that are handy for focused searches. For example, BookFinder.com (www.bookfinder.com) is the place to go when looking for new, used, rare and out-of-print books.
4 News Sunrise (November 29, 2005)
You now can get anything you want without ever leaving the house. Try this website today. It is BookFinder.com. BookFinder.com is the open marketplace for books online -- a one stop ecommerce search engine where you can search through over 100 million new, used, rare, and out of print books for sale. Searches include results from every major online catalog, and from dozens of independent sources you may not have heard of. Find a book you like? Click through to to the booksellers website to buy the book directly from the seller. That website? BookFinder.com.
The Asbury Park Press (New Jersey),
Price-Comparison Sites Make Online Shopping Easy (November 29, 2005)
Want to find the best price for holiday purchases online? You don't have to surf one Web store after another. Tap into the power of a price-comparison site...There are also product-specific sites that are handy for focused searches. For example, BookFinder.com (www.bookfinder.com) is the place to go when looking for new, used, rare and out-of-print books.
What's Old Is New and Nearby (November 28, 2005)
One of the great mysteries of publishing is why some authors, once hugely popular, go out of print and stay there...Peg Bracken, of I Hate to Cook Book and I Hate to Housekeep Book fame, is another writer whose work remains part of the language while her books are no longer part of the market -- even though Amazon readers clamor for their return and housekeeping books in general have enjoyed something of a revival. But then came the used-book treasure troves Alibris, BookFinder.com, Abebooks, et al, and now everything old is new again...This last I remember originally from The Fireside Book of Humorous Poetry, which I spent many happy hours reading and rereading in my old junior high school library. I couldn't find a single copy when I first ran an online searched a few years ago, though. Then recently I saw one listed for $1000 ('very rare and scarce') on Alibris, and a few days later a copy for $12.75 showed up on BookFinder.com ('Heavily used ex-library copy,' but you'd better believe I snapped that one up.)
The Times Union (Albany, NY),
Comparing Prices Is Easy Online (November 28, 2005)
By choosing the features that you want within a desired price range, you should be able to find a few standout candidates. Once you have a few makes and models, read both consumer and expert reviews to determine the best fit for you. There are also product-specific sites that are handy for focused searches. For example, BookFinder.com (www.bookfinder.com) is the place to go when looking for new, used, rare and out-of-print books.
Holiday Gift Guide (November 28, 2005)
There's one in every family--your uncle who knows which route Hannibal and his elephants took to Rome or your cousin who takes a yearly road trip to Civil War battle sites. And, although that may make them 'interesting' dinner guests, it also makes them very hard to buy for. But have no fear, here are our picks for fun and interesting blasts from the past...Out-of-Print History Books Sometimes the books that launch a lifetime of learning go out of print. If your dad yearns for 'Civil War in Pictures' or 'The King Ranch,' this collection of 80,000 booksellers will find it. Prices vary; BookFinder.com.
The Denver Post,
Pricing Sites Help Guide Net purchase (November 28, 2005)
Want to find the best price for holiday purchases online? You don't have to surf one Web store after another. Tap into the power of a price-comparison site...There are also product-specific sites that are handy for focused searches. For example, BookFinder.com (www.bookfinder.com) is the place to go when looking for new, used, rare and out-of-print books.
Sites We Like: Get Your Grandchild a Rare Classic Book from Your Own Childhood (November 28, 2005)
I wish I had kept all the books from my childhood, because I would love to share many of them with my grand kids. The good news is there is a growing website [BookFinder.com] where you can search the world to find a copy of that book you treasured as a child and buy it online for your grandchild. You may even find a classic signed by the author. It could be the perfect gift for Christmas.
Price-Comparison Sites Make Online Shopping Easy (November 25, 2005)
Want to find the best price for holiday purchases online? You don't have to surf one Web store after another. Tap into the power of a price-comparison site. Practically everything sold on the Internet is searchable through these sites: airplane tickets, cars, clothes, computer and technology-related goods, food and drink, jewelry, office equipment, toys and more. Most sites use similar interfaces. Once you master one, you can easily navigate the other...There are also product-specific sites that are handy for focused searches. For example, BookFinder.com (www.bookfinder.com) is the place to go when looking for new, used, rare and out-of-print books.
Reading Their Way to Dot.com Profits (November 25, 2005)
Abebooks.com has acquired the Berkeley-based BookFinder.com, a free Internet web service for finding and buying new and used books. Launched as a final project for a class at UC Berkeley, BookFinder.com will remain independently operated by Anirvan Chatterjee and Charlie Hsu, two self-described 'High Tech Book Geeks.' Both companies were initially developed in 1996, and their dealings grew out of a long shared history and mutual interest. BookFinder.com has as customers Internet giants like Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble. They also support independent booksellers by compiling a massive clearinghouse of titles from member stores. BookFinder.com searches well over 100,000 different booksellers, with a combined inventory of over 100 million books in stock. The vast majority of sellers are small independents, individuals and community-based sellers in more than 50 countries...As an independent subsidiary of Abebooks, BookFinder.com will gain access to the resources and expertise of the much larger, internationally known company, posing possibilities for international expansion. 'We're looking at expansion around the world. We've always been very internationally focused. Some of it actually comes from the fact that we're immigrant kids. You know, Charlie's from Taiwan, my parents were from India. We grew up in households where multiple languages were spoken and multiple languages were read,' Chatterjee says.
The Washington Times,
Auto Notes (November 25, 2005)
Try BookFinder.com for car research. The Internet can assist auto enthusiasts looking for hard-to-find books and other material on the subject.
Berkeley-Based BookFinder.com Acquired by Abebooks (November 18, 2005)
College students: keep plugging away with your term projects and reports. You never know what may transpire. Anirvan Chatterjee's student project at the University of California at Berkeley in the fall of 1996, for example, led to him to launch an Internet book-search company, BookFinder.com, which quickly established a reputation for unbiased book searches. Last week, downtown Berkeley, Calif.-based BookFinder.com was acquired by Abebooks, a Victoria, Canada company that is the world's largest online marketplace for new and used books. Terms were not disclosed. 'We will remain independent,' Chatterjee vowed to India-West. The young chief executive office, who co-founded BookFinder.com with chief technical officer Charlie Hsu, developed the book search technology as his final project for his class at UC Berkeley. He go an 'A' on the project, he added. 'I put it online in 1997, and relaunched it in 1999 with my best friend Charlie,' he told his customers last week on his web site. 'Over the years, we've received tremendous support from online book shoppers, collectors, sellers, and listings services, who have helped us develop what we believe to be the best book search service online--whether you're looking for new, used, rare, out of print, or international titles.'
The Washington Times,
Auto Notes (November 18, 2005)
The Internet can come to the rescue of auto enthusiasts looking for hard-to-find books and other material on the subject. Try the online book search engine BookFinder.com. BookFinder.com is a free service that scans an estimated 100 million books on any subject and connects searchers with a network of thousands of booksellers. 'Shoppers can order directly from the bookseller of their choice,' says Anirvan Chatterjee, founder of the service. The young entrepreneur developed BookFinder.com in 1996 as a class project at the University of California at Berkeley. Touting the value of his service to auto enthusiasts, Mr. Chatterjee says: 'You may not be able to afford a vintage vehicle, but you can always read about it.'
The World Almanac for Booklovers by Edward A. Thomas (November 15, 2005)
Internet Sites:Bookstores--New and Used...BookFinder.com / www.bookfinder.com
News Briefs: Abebooks Acquires BookFinder.com (November 14, 2005)
Abebooks.com has acquired BookFinder.com, the online price comparison site for books. Abebooks COO Boris Wertz said BookFinder.com will remain an unbiased price comparison site, despite its new ownership by one of the largest online sellers of used books. BookFinder.com will remain in Berkeley, Calif., under the direction of cofounders Anirvan Chatterjee and Charlie Hsu.
The Globe & Mail (Canada),
Where Have All the Bookstores Gone? (November 12, 2005)
Now specializing in rare first editions, Mr. Temple says he relies on buyers in Europe and the United States with whom he has nurtured relationships. His 35,000-book inventory is also available for browsing on the Internet, but Mr. Temple regards the Net as a very mixed blessing. With the on-line world a veritable global bookstore, collectors can browse indefinitely for a better price, even for rare books. 'They can always say, I'll get it another time.' On the Web, annual sales of second-hand books grew 11 per cent in 2004, topping $2.2-billion. The most powerful on-line player, Victoria-based Abebooks.com, boasts more than 70 million new, used, rare and out-of-print titles listed for sale from more than 13,000 independent booksellers around the world (among them Mr. Fraser, Mr. McBurnie and Mr. Mason). Abebooks' customers collectively are said to buy about 20,000 books a day. This week, the company grew even larger, acquiring BookFinder.com, based in Berkeley, Calif.
Publishing News (United Kingdom),
Abebooks Buys BookFinder (November 11, 2005)
Internet bookseller Abebooks.com has bought BookFinder.com, a website which allows users to compare book prices from online suppliers.
Dow Jones Venture Wire,
Online Book Marketplace Abebooks.com Buys BookFinder.com (November 11, 2005)
Abebooks.com, an online book marketplace that helps independent booksellers reach customers via the Web, said it acquired book-shopping service BookFinder.com. Boris Wertz, chief operating officer at Abebooks.com, declined to disclose any terms of the deal. Abebooks.com, based in Victoria, British Columbia, said all BookFinder.com staff will remain in Berkeley, Calif., where it has been located since 1996. Abebooks.com was also launched in 1996. Wertz said BookFinder.com has been one of the largest drivers of traffic to Abebooks.com, as a first stop for shoppers. 'An upward integration made sense for us,' he said. Abebooks lets users search for specific titles or authors, then provides a list of copies available from various small book sellers at different prices. The company operates numerous international sites, including Abebooks.co.uk, Abebooks.de, Abebooks.fr and Iberlibro.com. Wertz said his company is encouraged by recent deals in the e-shopping market, such as eBay Inc.'s purchase of Shopping.com for $620 million, and E.W. Scripps' purchase of Shopzilla for $560 million.
The Saanich News (Canada),
Abebooks Acquires California Book Seller (November 11, 2005)
Victoria's world-renowned online book seller - Abebooks.com - has gotten even bigger. It has just gobbled up its main opposition, California-based BookFinder.com. But BookFinder.com won't become part of the growing online Abebooks machine...'Our goal is to help booklovers find and buy any book from any bookseller anywhere, so the acquisition of BookFinder.com makes perfect sense,' said Hannes Blum, Abebooks president and CEO. Used books are big business. In September, the Book Industry Study Group's report revealed the used book business was worth $2.2 billion in sales last year.
The Daily Journal (MS),
MSU prof's book demands big bucks on Internet (November 10, 2005)
Book collectors may want to carefully consider their investment before shelling out $800 for Vice's book. Fred Smith, owner of Jackson bookstore, Choctaw Books, which specializes in rare, out of print and used books, said people selling Vice's book for such a high markup may be trying to take advantage of Vice's predicament. 'It's not realistic to think that book would ever be worth that kind of money,' Smith said. 'I certainly wouldn't invest a whole lot in it now.' At least one Web site lists the book for less than its suggested retail price. BookFinder.com offers the book for $22.45, a 10 percent discount.
Abebooks.com Acquires BookFinder.com (November 9, 2005)
Victoria-based online bookseller Abebooks.com has bought California-based BookFinder.com for an undisclosed amount. Abebooks.com bills itself as the world's largest online marketplace for books -- especially used books. Its database includes 13,000 independent dealers of new, used, rare and out-of-print books. More than 70 million titles are available.
Abebooks Acquires Books Comparison Site BookFinder.com (November 9, 2005)
With about 1 million monthly visitors and a network of about 3,000 used book dealers, BookFinder.com is an up-and-coming books comparison site, says Abebooks chief operating officer Boris Wertz. 'They remain one of our major traffic drivers,' he says. BookFinder.com was founded in 1996 by CEO Anirvan Chatterjee who started the online books comparison site while he was an undergraduate at the University of California at Berkeley. Today BookFinder.com lets buyers search through over 100 million new, used, rare and out-of-print books for sale from thousands of booksellers. BookFinders.com has online marketing relationships with a number of major book chains and online retailers, including A1Books, Alibris, Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com, Biblio.com, Buy.com, Chapters.indigo.ca, the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers, Overstock.com and Powell's Books. The company is profitable and uses a business model based on a per-transaction fee, says Wertz. Today, BookFinders.com is used primarily by book buyers in North American, but Abebooks made the acquisition with an eye toward developing an international books comparison site. 'We can help BookFinder.com become international and help take it to a higher level,' Wertz says. Chatterjee will remain as CEO of BookFinder.com and report to Blum, Abebooks says.
Online Marketplace Abebooks Acquires BookFinder.com (November 9, 2005)
Abebooks.com, an online marketplace for new and used books, has acquired BookFinder.com, a comparison-shopping service for books. Both companies are privately owned and profitable, and both companies were initially developed in 1996 to support independent booksellers. BookFinder.com lets buyers search through over 100 million new, used, rare, and out-of-print books for sale from thousands of booksellers. The site was founded by Anirvan Chatterjee, a then-University of California, Berkeley undergraduate, and Charlie Hsu, an undergraduate from the University of California, Davis. It generates revenue by receiving a commission from purchases that result from a buyer being forwarded to a bookseller's website. Hundreds of thousands of book searches are conducted daily. BookFinder.com will continue to operate independently, unchanged, and will stay at its California location. Hannes Blum, Abebooks president and CEO, said he was committed to maintaining BookFinder.com's unbiased independence.
Book Sites Unite (November 9, 2005)
'The biggest part of this deal is that we remain independent and unbiased,' said Anirvan Chatterjee, BookFinder.com founder and CEO. 'If people don't believe we're independent, we die. Abebooks.com won't get any special designation or special benefits as our owner.' BookFinder.com lets buyers search through over 100 million new, used, rare and out-of-print books for sale from thousands of booksellers. Its partners include A1Books, Abebooks, Alibris, Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble.com, Biblio.com, Buy.com, Chapters.indigo.ca, the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers, Overstock.com and Powell's Books. Chatterjee said the breadth of his company's offering has allowed it to carve out a successful niche among larger comparison shopping sites. Unlike simple comparisons of pricing for the latest books, BookFinder.com includes used, rare out-of-print, titles as well as international listings. The company generates revenue by receiving a commission from purchases that result from a buyer being forwarded to a bookseller's Web site. While he declined to provide details, Chatterjee said funding from the acquisition will allow his 'tiny operation' to push ahead with new features and functionality for its current customers and to attract new ones.
Time Out Film Guide [14th Edition] by John Pym (ed.) (November 9, 2005)
Institutions and Resources:www.bookfinder.com: Search for any books, new or old, by title or author.
Digital Media Wire Daily,
Online Book Marketplace Abebooks.com Acquires BookFinder.com (November 8, 2005)
Berkeley, Calif.-based BookFinder.com lets buyers browse over 100 million book titles from its network of thousands of booksellers, enabling consumers to compare prices for books from various retailers
Internet Business News,
BookFinder.com Acquired by Abebooks.com (November 8, 2005)
The online marketplace for new and used books Abebooks.com announced on Monday (7 November) that it has acquired the Berkeley, California-based price-comparison shopping service BookFinder.com. Under the terms of the acquisition BookFinder.com will be provided with access to funds and resources from Abebooks.com but in all other respects the two companies will continue to operate independently of each other. According to The Book Standard, BookFinder.com enables buyers to search more than 100 million titles from partners including Abebooks.com, Overstock.com, Amazon.com, BN.com and Powell's Books. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.
The National Post (Canada),
Abebooks.com acquires BookFinder.com (November 8, 2005)
Victoria-based online book marketplace giant Abebooks.com has acquired the leading book price comparison site, BookFinder.com. Both firms are privately held, so no price for the takeover was given. BookFinder.com, headquartered in Berkeley, Calif., will remain independent and will use the international market knowledge of Abebooks to expand into the European market, said Abebooks president Hannes Blum. 'These guys are extremely strong in the U.S. market, but they are not active in the European market,' said Mr. Blum. 'And they have a tool that can be developed to penetrate the European market too.' BookFinder.com allows users to search through more than 100 million, new, used, rare and out-of-print books and compare prices.
BookFinder.com acquired by Abebooks.com (November 8, 2005)
The online marketplace for new and used books Abebooks.com announced on Monday (7 November) that it has acquired the Berkeley, California-based price-comparisom shopping service BookFinder.com. Under the terms of the acquisition BookFinder.com will be provided with access to funds and resources from Abebooks.com but in all other respects the two companies will continue to operate independently of each other. According to The Book Standard, BookFinder.com enables buyers to search more than 100 million titles from partners including Abebooks.com, Overstock.com, Amazon.com, BN.com and Powell's Books.
Abebooks.com Acquires BookFinder.com, With Hopes of Making Online Bookselling Easier (November 8, 2005)
In an effort to make online book-buying easier, Abebooks.com, an online marketplace for new and used books, has acquired BookFinder.com, a price-comparison shopping service, the company announced today. 'Our goal is to help booklovers find and buy any book from any bookseller anywhere, so the acquisition of BookFinder.com makes perfect sense,' said Hannes Blum, president and CEO of Abebooks.com.
The Times (San Francisco Bay Area),
Business Deals (November 8, 2005)
Berkeley-based BookFinder.com, an online book search engine, was bought by Abebooks.com, a Canadian online bookstore. BookFinder.com and its staff will operate independently and remain in California. Financial details were not disclosed.
Abebooks Buys BookFinder (November 8, 2005)
Used (and now new) book online marketplace AbeBooks.com has acquired BookFinder.com, a comparison shopping service. Both companies, privately owned, were first developed in 1996. The staff of BookFinder.com, which searches over 100 million listed books, will continue working in the Berkely, CA-offices as an independent unit. AbeBooks CEO Hannes Blum comments, 'Our goal is to help booklovers find and buy any book from any bookseller anywhere, so the acquisition of BookFinder.com makes perfect sense. Like us, BookFinder.com is dedicated to books and makes finding them simple. Part of the site's success can be attributed to its integrity and we are committed to maintaining BookFinder.com's unbiased independence. Our focus will be to continue the BookFinder.com success story.' BookFinder.com CEO and co-founder Anirvan Chatterjee says that with the new funding and resources, 'we will be able to expand and help many more book-buyers find and buy books.'
The Globe and Mail (Canada),
On-line Seller Abebooks Acquires Shopping Service (November 8, 2005)
Abebooks.com, a Canadian on-line book vendor, has acquired a privately owned U.S.-based book shopping service called BookFinder.com. The deal, announced yesterday, will see BookFinder.com join the Abebooks fold but continue to operate independently out of Berkeley, Calif. BookFinder.com lets buyers search through book titles from thousands of retailers including A1Books, Alibris, Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble.com and Chapters.indigo.ca. Privately owned Abebooks connects buyers with sellers via five websites and has over 70 million new, used and out-of-print titles listed for sale by more than 13,000 booksellers.
The Vancouver Sun (Canada),
Victoria-based Abebooks.com Snaps up BookFinder.com (November 8, 2005)
Victoria-based online book marketplace giant Abebooks.com has acquired the leading book price comparison site, BookFinder.com. Both firms are privately held, so no price for the takeover was given. BookFinder.com, headquartered in Berkeley, Calif., will remain independent and will use the international market knowledge of Abebooks to expand into the European market, said Abebooks president Hannes Blum. 'These guys are extremely strong in the U.S. market, but they are not active in the European market,' said Blum. `And they have a tool that can be developed to penetrate the European market too.' BookFinder.com allows users to search through more than 100 million, new, used, rare and out-of-print books and compare prices. Among BookFinder.com's partners are Amazon and its global network of sites, Chapters.Indigo.ca A1 Books, Abebooks itself, Alibris, Barnes & Noble, Biblio.com, Buy.com, the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers, Overstock.com and Powell's Books.
Abebooks Buys BookFinder.com (November 8, 2005)
Abebooks.com has acquired BookFinder.com, the online price comparison site for books. BookFinder.com will remain in its Berkeley, Calif. offices and will continue to be run by Anirvan Chatterjee and Charlies Hsu, who cofounded the company in 1999. Both Chatterjee and Abebooks COO Boris Wertz insisted BookFinder.com will remain an unbiased price comparison site, despite its new ownership by one of the largest online sellers of used books. Wertz said there would be no sharing of data between BookFinder.com and Abebooks and that Chatterjee will continue to direct the company's operations. If BookFinder.com losses its neutrality, 'people would stop using it. That's the last thing we want to happen,' Wertz said. Abebooks does intend to provide BookFinder.com with the necessary resources to expand; a top priority, Wertz said, is to establish BookFinder.com in Europe.
The Times Colonist (Victoria, BC) (Canada),
Abebooks Snaps Up California Web Firm (November 8, 2005)
Blum said BookFinder.com will remain a separate operation and there will be no attempts to give Abebooks priority listings on the BookFinders site. 'We're running it as an independent, which is important because a lot of customers from BookFinder.com are competitors of ours,' said Blum. He said Abebooks will be 'very sensitive' in that respect since BookFinder.com's business model is based on a promise of an independent service that provides the best value for the customer. Abebooks has been a customer of BookFinder.com for seven years. 'Like us, BookFinder.com is dedicated to books and makes finding them simple,' said Blum. 'Part of the site's success can be attributed to its integrity and we are committed to maintaining BookFinder.com's unbiased independence.' BookFinder.com CEO Anirvan Chatterjee founded the company with Charlie Hsu while in university. It generates revenue by commissions from purchases when buyers are forwarded to a bookseller's web site. The site has 'hundreds of thousands' of book searches daily. The company has only a handful of full-time employees and a number of contracted workers. Chatterjee called the sale an exciting opportunity to develop and grow. 'With access to Abebooks' skills, resources and funding, we will be able to expand and help many more book buyers find and buy books,' he said. 'We have known Abebooks for years and always enjoyed an excellent relationship.'
Abebooks.com Finds and Buys BookFinder.com (November 7, 2005)
Just when you thought there couldn't be another story about online retailing and book digitization: Abebooks.com, the company with headquarters in Victoria, B.C., Canada, that matches buyers and sellers of new, used, collectible and antiquarian books and has sites serving North America, Germany, France, Spain and the U.K., has bought BookFinder.com. BookFinder.com, Berkeley, Calif., a major book price comparison company, was founded by Anirvan Chatterjee and Charlie Hsu, longtime friends and University of California graduates. (The company began as a class project for Chatterjee at Berkeley.) The service allows searches of more than 100 million titles and receives a commission on purchases that result from a buyer being forwarded to a bookseller's Web site. BookFinder works with thousands of booksellers, including A1Books, Abebooks, Alibris, Amazon, B&N.com, Biblio.com, Buy.com, Chapters.indigo.ca, Overstock.com and Powells.com. The purchase 'strengthens our position in North America,' Boris Wertz, COO of Abebooks.com, told Shelf Awareness. Still, the two companies will operate separately, and a certain friendly competitiveness will continue. 'They compete with us for buyers to a certain extent, and they will continue to work with our competitors,' Wertz explained. He stressed that the two companies have collaborated since 1996, when coincidentally they were both founded.
Abebooks.com Acquires BookFinder.com (November 7, 2005)
'Like us, BookFinder.com is dedicated to books and makes finding them simple,' said Abebooks CEO Hannes Blum. 'Part of the site's success can be attributed to its integrity and we are committed to maintaining BookFinder.com's unbiased independence.' Privately held Abebooks.com sells an average of 20,000 books a day through its five global website. BookFinder.com's searchable inventory surpasses 100 million books from thousands of booksellers and has a variety of online partners. 'We will remain an independently operated and managed entity based out of Berkeley, but we'll now also be able to draw upon our Canadian friends technology resources and industry expertise to help us develop our ideas, and make this an even more useful service for book buyers and sellers,' said BookFinder.com's founder, Anirvan Chatterjee, in a statement on the company's website.
East Bay Business Times (San Francisco Bay Area),
Berkeley's BookFinder.com sold to Canadian Company (November 7, 2005)
BookFinder.com, a book search engine started as an undergraduate project by two University of California students, will remain an independent business in Berkeley, Abebooks said Monday. Anirvan Chatterjee, a UC-Berkeley student, and Charlie Hsu, a UC-Davis student, friends since middle school, started the business in 1999, based on work from a class project Chatterjee had done in 1996. He designed the search program for a project in an information systems class at Cal when he was 19. Hsu built the first BookFinder.com server from spare parts and then joined the company full time after graduating from Davis.
The Book Standard,
Abebooks.com Acquires BookFinder.com, With Hopes of Making Online Bookselling Easier (November 7, 2005)
Internet booksellers have in recent years been reaping the benefits of consumers buying and selling their books online. (Out of the $2.2 billion in sales of used books in 2004, $609 million came from online buying, according to a study released in September by the Book Industry Study Group.) In an effort to make online book-buying easier, Abebooks.com, an online marketplace for new and used books, has acquired BookFinder.com, a price-comparison shopping service, the company announced today. 'Our goal is to help booklovers find and buy any book from any bookseller anywhere, so the acquisition of BookFinder.com makes perfect sense,' said Hannes Blum, president and CEO of Abebooks.com, in a press release issued today. Berkeley, Calif., based BookFinder.com allows buyers to search more than 100 million new, used, rare and out-of-print books from partners including Abebooks.com, Overstock.com, Amazon.com, BN.com and Powell's Books.
Book Sites Unite (November 7, 2005)
Pioneer comparison shopping site BookFinder.com has been purchased by Abebooks.com, one of the largest online sites for new and used books. Both companies started in 1996, about a year after Amazon.com burst onto the scene with a new way to purchase books online. The deal was announced today, and the plan is for Berkeley, Calif.-based BookFinder.com to continue operating as an independent entity. Abebooks.com is based in Victoria, B.C. 'The biggest part of this deal is that we remain independent and unbiased,' Anirvan Chatterjee, BookFinder.com founder and CEO, told internetnews.com. 'If people don't believe we're independent, we die. Abebooks.com won't get any special designation or special benefits as our owner.' BookFinder.com lets buyers search through over 100 million new, used, rare and out-of-print books for sale from thousands of booksellers. Its partners include A1Books, Abebooks, Alibris, Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble.com, Biblio.com, Buy.com, Chapters.indigo.ca, the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers, Overstock.com and Powell's Books.
The San Francisco Business Times,
Berkeley's BookFinder.com Sold to Canadian Company (November 7, 2005)
BookFinder.com, a book search engine started as an undergraduate project by two University of California students, was sold to Canadian company Abebooks.com for an undisclosed sum. BookFinder.com will remain an independent business in Berkeley, Abebooks said Monday. Anirvan Chatterjee, a UC Berkeley student, and Charlie Hsu, a UC Davis student, friends since middle school, started the business in 1999, based on work from a class project Chatterjee had done in 1996. He designed the search program for a project in an information systems class at Cal when he was 19. Hsu built the first BookFinder server from spare parts and then joined the company full time after graduating from Davis. 'We're both really big book geeks and both really big tech geeks,' Chatterjee told the San Francisco Business Times in a 2000 interview.
The Daily News-Miner (Fairbanks, AK),
Find Out About Caterpillars, Zombie Crickets at the Library (November 7, 2005)
The first place I look when searching for used books is BookFinder.com. A recent foray turned up a slew of John Train's little books of bizarre facts, including one that just arrived, 'Bedlam, Boudoir & Brouhaha, or Remarkable Words with Astonishing Origins.' Train noted that Torpenow Hill is a beautiful example of how a pleonasm, or redundancy, comes into being over time, particularly when new waves of immigrants arrive. The Saxon word 'tor,' the Celtic 'pen,' and the Scandinavian 'how' all mean the same thing as Middle English 'hill.' So if there isn't a Hill living at Hillhillhill Hill, by rights there certainly should be.
The Seattle Times,
Titles by Goldwater and Felt among most-sought-after out-of-print books (November 4, 2005)
It may be premature to call America a nation of political-history buffs, but many readers have been on the hunt for long out-of-print books by the likes of Lynne Cheney, John Kerry, Barry Goldwater and Watergate's now-revealed 'Deep Throat,' W. Mark Felt. The online literary search engine BookFinder.com named books from all four authors in a list of the most-sought-after out-of-print titles on its Web site for summer 2004 through to summer 2005. Most of the interest in Goldwater's 1960 book, 'The Conscience of a Conservative'; Kerry's 1971 anti-Vietnam War book, 'The New Soldier'; Felt's 1979 memoir, 'The FBI Pyramid from the Inside'; and Cheney's 1981 frontier-era lesbian romance, 'Sisters,' stemmed from last year's presidential race and the recent revelations about Felt's role in helping Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein uncover the Watergate scandal that brought down President Nixon, BookFinder.com CEO Anirvan Chatterjee said. 'We look at these lists as an indication of what's going on in society, the zeitgeist,' he said. But in some cases, only used copies of rare titles are available, and they may cost hundreds of dollars in good condition. What else are readers curious about? Chatterjee said he was surprised to see so many searches for out-of-print books about sewing.
The Home-Based Bookstore by Steve Weber (November 1, 2005)
Grading and Pricing Books:Another favorite with online booksellers but with somewhat slow performance is BookFinder.com, at www.bookfinder.com.
The Telegraph Herald (Dubuque, IA),
Hundreds of Inspiring Contests Available to Students: An Internet Search Engine Will Supply Updated Information (October 30, 2005)
Although I am generally reluctant to recommend a non-recent (in this instance, out-of-print) publication, here is a worthwhile exception. You and your students will enjoy 'The Ultimate Guide to Student Contests.' There are two separate versions of this paperback - 'Grades K-6' and 'Grades 7-12.' Both are authored by Scott Pendleton. Check your public library for the book. The Carnegie-Stout Library in Dubuque owns a circulating copy of the 'Grades 7-12' volume. You can purchase copies from used book sources (e.g., Abebooks, Amazon, BookFinder.com). They are sold at varying amounts - often a fraction of the original price.
The Stanford Daily (Stanford University),
Web Bargains for the Whole Bunch (October 25, 2005)
Meta-Search: There is nothing special about buying from Amazon. If other book stores have the right book, they will generally offer comparable service...For used books, look at http://www.bookfinder.com. BookFinder.com crawls all of the major used book sites and finds you the best bargain. Don't be fooled by its austere user interface. BookFinder.com saves you a huge hassle by providing all the information you need to know on one page, including a detailed description of a book's condition.
PC World's Digital Duo (PBS),
Shop Till You Drop: Shopping Shootout, Part II [Show #15] (October 21, 2005)
And then there was the book. An experienced book buyer, Angela turned to BookFinder.com, which scans independent sellers' listings and returns with a range of editions and prices. However, depending on how she constructed the search, she got back results with prices ranging between $60 (about the Amazon cost, post-discount) and $245--the latter being for a special U.K. edition. However, as Steve says, with prices like that, Frodo better deliver the book himself. (And the look Angela gave him for that could have shriveled the Ring itself.)
The Special Education Almanac by Elaine Fletcher-Janzen & Cecil R. Reynolds (eds.) (October 20, 2005)
Useful Web Sites for Special Educators:Booksellers and clearinghouses online...BookFinder.com: Searches for new and used books
The Detroit News,
New Chapter for Bookstores (October 6, 2005)
Thanks to the Internet, used books have become today's powerhouse, driven by price and the convenience of finding just about any title without leaving home. However, used books have become a threat to be reckoned with for booksellers across the country. 'We are becoming an endangered species,' says John K. King, Metro Detroit's leading dealer in used and rare books and owner of John K. King Used & Rare Books. He was reacting to a study just released by the Book Industry Study Group (BISG), a national nonprofit research organization. Figures from 2004 say used book sales topped $2.2 billion, an 11 percent increase. But most of the growth can be credited to the Web, where sales jumped 33 percent online to just more than $600 million. By comparison, sales at traditional stores rose only 4.6 percent...Used books sites: Abebooks, Alibris, Amazon, and BookFinder.com.
Tome Schooling (October 2005)
Don't get in a bind hunting down old books. We'll teach you online tricks for turning up rare and out-of-print volumes...Many out-of-print and hard-to-find genealogy and history books are being republished, so it's not unusual to find a wide range of prices between a reprint and the original. For example, I bought a reprint of The Story of Lone Jack, a book with information about my Lone Jack, Mo., ancestors, for $7.50, while a rarer version sold for more than $100. A quick way to comparison shop is by using BookFinder.com, a search engine that scours bookseller sites (including Barnes & Noble and Amazon.com), and returns results sorted by price.
Library Resources & Technical Services Journal,
Online Book Selling at the Smathers Library Bookstore (October 2005)
Rather than pay for this information, the staff began accessing book selling search sites (such as BookFinder.com or Abebooks) to compare price and condition of the books...Another task is 'preview searching,' which is a term the staff uses when they conduct a quick scan on BookFinder.com or Abebooks in order to determine a book's value in the online market...Hours devoted to online selling decreased despite the fact that the most important and time-consuming task of listing books increased once staff began using BookFinder.com and Abebooks to adjust prices and enhance book descriptions.
Selling Books Online: Book Listing Services vs. eBay - Pt. II (September 28, 2005)
BookFinder.com. This is the larger of the two search engines, currently covering books listed on at least 39 bookselling sites, including a partial search of eBay and Barnes & Noble. BookFinder.com allows for keyword searches and will sort books by lowest price and selling site, and can be set for French, German and Italian searches. Because of its wide net, the average search time with a fast web connection is about 24 seconds. (This time can be decreased by omitting either the title or author's name when either is unique such as 'My Life As An Aardvark' or Carl LaFong.) There is a link on the site allowing for a subscription to the BookFinder.com seller's forum, 'Insider,' one of the better bookseller chat rooms. It's a free service that is emailed out daily.
MSW's Books for Readers,
Where to Find Books (September 28, 2005)
Books mentioned in this newsletter are available from your public library and your local independent bookstore as well as online and at the mall. For online shopping, try a site that specializes in textbooks, but includes general trade books too--Direct Textbook. Another good choice is BookFinder.com.
The Beaufort Gazette (SC),
The Great Book Blowout (September 22, 2005)
As books are sorted, stand outs are placed aside to be considered for the silent auction, which will be held in the lobby of the downtown library. Kathy Mitchell, collection and development coordinator for the Beaufort Branch library, researched the value of silent auction donations through several pricing guides, such as BookFinder.com, to estimate a fair market price.
The Roanoke Times (VA),
Look Who Stepped Up to the Mixing Bowl for a Novice Cook (September 21, 2005)
Several readers recommended that old wedding gift standby, Irma Rombauer's 'The Joy of Cooking,' for everything from roasting a turkey to making soup from a snapping turtle. They all cautioned, though: The old edition of 'Joy' out-cooks the new edition any day. (Go to BookFinder.com if you're having trouble finding the original.)
This & That: Online Auction Roundup (September 18, 2005)
BookFinder.com just published its latest report listing the most sought-after out-of-print books in America. The titles that rank in this latest issue of the BookFinder.com Report look very different from what's on the NYT bestseller lists. They include a book by W. Mark Felt (Deep Throat), the best known works of three different Presidential candidates, the forgotten sequel to a well-known children's story, an early novel by a science fiction grandmaster, a book on card-throwing, and a lot of knitting titles. The fulltext of the report is online. http://report.bookfinder.com
The Vancouver Sun,
Source of Lono (September 17, 2005)
BookFinder.com, a service that connects readers with the books they want, including rare and out-of-print titles, reports that between July 2004 and June 2005, the most sought-after books included Hunter S. Thompson's The Curse of Lono (a memoir); Robb White's The Lion's Paw (a children's book) and James Patterson's Virgin (a thriller).
Miller's Buying Affordable Art by Hugh St. Clair (September 15, 2005)
Useful Contacts & References:www.bookfinder...will search across abe and bibliopoly and compare prices
The Chronicle of Higher Education,
Saving Secondhand Bookstores (September 12, 2005)
Nearly all of the secondhand bookstores in the vicinity of Harvard University are gone. Some have relocated or become online booksellers. Others are simply out of business. Either way, the decline of secondhand bookstores represents a sad diminishment of the academic community in Cambridge, Mass., and many other university towns...Online bookstores are wonderfully convenient, particularly now that I live far from a major city. These days, I can obtain nearly any book I want, including rarities, on relatively short notice. Internet sites such as Abe, Amazon, BookFinder.com, and Alibris have made many shops -- and scholars -- independent of location. Paradoxically, that means I now buy fewer books because I don't feel the need to buy in anticipation of future needs. I know I can almost always get exactly what I want online within 48 hours.
The Times (London) (United Kingdom),
I Never Knew That Bambi Had a Sequel. Did You? (September 10, 2005)
Remember Madonna's book, Sex? Of course you do (stop pretending you don't). One of the things you'll recall, I'm sure, is what a huge, embarrassing flop it was. Poor Madge! But there's some consolation for the hapless equestrian diva: Sex has once again come top in BookFinder.com's annual check-up of out-of-print searches. The bestsellers you'll find on the charts at the back are the books that -- to some extent, anyway -- the publishers want you to buy and want you to like. You can't miss the ads, you can't miss the stacks of books in the shops. But what about books that readers want all by themselves? In the United States, at least, you can get a good idea from BookFinder.com, which analyses aggregate search trends for out-of-print books. Reading its latest report, just released, sometimes you wonder if publishers aren't missing a trick. OK, so John Kerry didn't get the presidency. But readers still sought out his anti-war book, The New Soldier, first published in 1971 -- even though the cheapest copy you can find will set you back more than $150. Lynne Cheney, Dick's wife, may wish to be known for America: A Patriotic Primer, but out-of-print buyers yearn for her frontier lesbian romance (really) Sisters, which will set you back a couple of hundred bucks. Mark Felt was unmasked not long ago as Watergate's Deep Throat; and so there was a surge in demand for his 1979 memoir, The FBI Pyramid from Inside. Me, I would pay over the odds for another oop hit (coinage: Out-of-Print Book Awards: The Oopsies), Ricky Jay's Cards As Weapons, which includes photographs of this master sleight-of-hand artist's Guinness Book of Records trick: throwing a single playing card 190 feet at 90 miles an hour. And I never knew that Bambi had a sequel, did you? (Maybe you never knew it was a book?) But in Felix Salten's follow-up to his 1923 classic, Bambi becomes a family man (or family deer): the book's another oop favourite.
Out-of-Print Books--Ranking (September 10, 2005)
The BookFinder.com Report is a different kind of bestseller list. It's a measure of the most sought after out of print titles in America.
The Columbus Dispatch,
Skilled Appraiser Can Tell Whether Trash is Treasure (September 5, 2005)
Before hiring an appraiser, try learning the value of an item through Web sites or books, said Ed Hoffman, owner of Hoffman's Bookshop, 211 E. Arcadia Ave. A great resource for book values is BookFinder.com, which shows what booksellers charge, he said. "You type in the author and title of a book, and in 20 seconds it can bring up the market price and other information," Hoffman said.
1960s, 1970s Out-of-print Books Popular (September 4, 2005)
U.S. readers are looking for out-of-print political books from the 1960s and 1970s that provide context for current headlines, a report said. After former FBI Associate Director W. Mark Felt was unmasked this year as Watergate's Deep Throat, demand for his out-of-print 1979 memoir The FBI Pyramid from the Inside peaked as curious readers investigated what Deep Throat knew, and when he knew it. '2004 saw a massive surge of demand for John Kerry`s anti-war book The New Soldier and Lynne Cheney's frontier novel Sisters,' said BookFinder.com founder Anirvan Chatterjee. 'The election's over, but readers are still looking for out-of-print political books from the 1960s and 1970s that provide context for current headlines.' Also popular were Barry Goldwater's The Conscience of a Conservative which discussed the flat tax, the reduction of federal spending and the privatization of Social Security and Ralph Nader's 1965 Unsafe at Any Speed, a blistering critique of the Chevrolet Corvair's safety design.
The Toronto Star (Canada),
Historian: Margaret MacMillan (September 3, 2005)
I do a lot of online shopping for books, especially books I need. I order things as soon as I see them, and I buy a lot of second-hand books online. I use Amazon.com and BookFinder.com...I buy far too many books. We have a fantastic book sale at Trinity every year, which I go to and end up buying even more books.
Find It Online (September 2005)
BookFinder.com searches millions of books online, so you can compare and shop for the best prices. If you're looking for mainstream books, you won't have any trouble locating them at online booksellers, such as Amazon. But if you're looking for unusual titles or early editions of mainstream books, you might not find them via traditional booksellers, whether online or in the real world. Enter http://www.bookfinder.com, a massive and constantly updated database of books for sale at stores around the world. This free online search tool, which claims to catalog more than 70 million books, supports multiple languages and has an array of options that help you narrow your search. Start by entering the author or title of the book (or both, if you know them). Next, you'll need to indicate whether you're searching for a new, used, or out of print book. (You can select Any if you're not interested in its condition.) You can also specify First Edition or Signed Copy, but if you want to add extra search considerations, such as a price range, you'll need to click the Show More Options link at the bottom of this section. The tool has a Reset Fields button--if your search terms and special settings don't do the trick, you can simply click this button and start from scratch. Once BookFinder.com displays results, you can click a book's price to visit the seller's site.
Que's Official Internet Yellow Pages, 2006 Edition by Joe Kraynak (August 29, 2005)
Bookstores:BookFinder.com [4 stars] Anyone looking for a new, used, out-of-print, or first-edition copy of a particular titles might want to start with BookFinder.com. The option to request a first edition is unique to this site and might be of interest to book collectors.
The Daily Press (VA),
Enjoy Cabinet's Intrinsic Value (August 13, 2005)
I always suggest that readers research and find books on abebooks.com, biblio.com or BookFinder.com. If it is an antiquarian book, find a local seller on abaa.org. Online, we discovered another printing of the reader's set offered by a Canadian seller for about $800, USD. Of course, asking is not getting, but now you know how to find info on your own.
Tulsa World (OK),
Smart Collector: Enjoy Fantasy Wood Cabinet For What It Is (August 7, 2005)
Q: What is value on my two-volume set of books about the Lafayette Escadrille Flying Corps? -- Charles, Madison, Miss. A: Smart collectors know that almost all info needed on books is available on the Internet. I always suggest that readers research and find books on abe, biblio or BookFinder.com. If it is an antiquarian book, find a local seller on abaa. Online, we discovered another printing of the reader's set offered by a Canadian seller for about $800. Asking is not getting, but now you know how to find info on your own.
News-Journal (Daytona Beach),
Learning Finance: Calculating Personal Expenses Poses Challenge (August 6, 2005)
When it comes to budgeting for college, the catch-all category of 'personal expenses' presents a conundrum for students and their parents...Use the Internet to scout for deals, advised Seppy Basili, co-author of 'Broke! A College Student's Guide to Getting By for Less.' She said students can save a lot on new and used textbooks by checking prices on Internet shopping sites like bestbookbuys.com, abe.com and BookFinder.com. The Internet also can help uncover bargains on computers, software, telephone plans and dorm furniture.
Year's Best Fantasy and Horror Eighteenth Annual Collection by Ellen Datlow, Kelly Link, Gavin J Grant (eds.) (August 1, 2005)
Summation 2004: Fantasy:Thanks in no small part to the Internet, fantasy is a field where a reader can easily find a favorite author's recent books (or a recent discovery's backlist) on Amazon, BookFinder.com, or other search engines as well as on publisher, author, magazine, and independent bookstore Web sites and blogs.
Epilepsy - Jody's Journey by Linda Caputi (August 1, 2005)
References & Resources:Out of print books: Books in general: BookFinder.com
Felder's Comprehensive: The Annual Desk Reference + Resource Guide for Architects, Contractors, Engineers, and Interior Designers by L. Nick Felder (July 30, 2005)
Media / Book Sellers by Type:Search services...BookFinder.com
The Literature Teacher's Book Of Lists by Judie L. H. Strouf (July 29, 2005)
Student Activities...and Teacher Tips:Booksellers on the Internet (places to buy books)...BookFinder.com (search engine to find best buys in new, used, rare, and out-of-print)
Retro-Read (July 19, 2005)
Nevertheless, there are still plenty of books on the subject worth tracking down, and in this and future issues we intend to re-acquaint you with some great titles that even today make great reading. You may be familiar with some of the titles we mention, but if you haven't read them, we can guarantee you'll be pleasantly surprised if you can get your hands on one of these titles. Try your local secondhand bookshop or BookFinder.com.
The Star (Chicago),
Nnedi on the Net: An A+ for Amazon (July 14, 2005)
It's hard to believe one of e-commerce's biggest success stories, Amazon.com, is 10 years old. With last year's sales figures soaring at $7 billion, it's certainly come a long way since July 1995. And for once, the sales figures reflect the quality of the store...I use other online new and used booksellers such as BarnesandNoble.com, Powells.com, BookFinder.com and Half.com. I've even used eBay a few times for some used books...Books are an expensive habit but it's important to buy as many new books as you can afford to support your favorite authors.
The Day (New London, CT),
Geography Led To Anthropology For Profiled Scholar (July 11, 2005)
Franz Boas wrote many books that stood on the shelves of the Indian and Colonial Research Center in Old Mystic, but I knew him only as one of Eva L. Butler's idols until I read the new biography, 'Franz Boas, 1858-1942.' Recently written by Norman Francis Boas, M.D., this well-illustrated book acquainted me with the man called 'The father of American Anthropology.' The author, his grandson, has drawn upon many sources, from family archives and photographs to the Franz Boas papers housed at the American Philosophical Society, a collection given in 1946 by his children...The Boas biography is for sale at the Mystic-Noank Library, Bank Square Books and the Bookmart in Stonington, and on the following sites on the internet: seaportautographs.com, abebooks.com and BookFinder.com. It's another great addition to your local history bookshelf.
The Morning Call (Allentown, PA),
Ten Common-Sense Rules to Determine if an Object is the Real Deal (July 8, 2005)
Rule 9: Acquire these five books and read them once a year: 'Antique Trader Guide to Fakes & Reproductions' by Mark Chervenka, (Antique Trader Books, A Division of Krause Publications: 2001; Iola, Wis.). There are now several volumes in this series, some of which have been updated in subsequent editions. Acquire them all. Contemporary reproductions, copycats, fantasies, and fakes are the focus of these book. 'Macdonald Guide to Buying Antique Furniture,' by Rachael Field, (Brooks Stephenson Publishing Ltd. 1986, London). Distributed in the United States by Wallace-Homestead Book Company. Out of print. Forget about the fact that this book deals with English furniture. Read it for its insights into the characteristics of aging, wear, and copycats. 'Confusing Collectibles: A Guide to the Identification of Contemporary Objects,' by Dorothy Hammond, (copyright by the author, published by Wallace-Homestead: 1969. Revised printing, 1979. Out of print. Des Moines, IA). Only buy the 1979 printing. This book focuses on reproductions, copycats, fantasies, and fakes from the late 1950s through the mid-1970s. Keep it in the bathroom and read it when you are sitting down. Do this and you will never have constipation problems. 'Fake, Fraud, or Genuine? Identifying Authentic American Antique Furniture,' by Myrna Kaye (copyright by the author, Little, Brown and Company: 1987; Boston). Again, read this book for its insights into aging, wear, and construction methodology. 'Antique Fakes & Reproductions,' by Ruth Webb Lee (1950 Wellesley Hills, MA.). Only consult the fourth through the eighth editions. Out of print. While 75 percent of this book deals with glass reproductions, copycats and fantasies from the 1920s through the 1950s, the final chapters on metals and other topics are well worth the read. You can purchase copies of the out-of-print books on Web sites such as abebooks.com and BookFinder.com. Make certain you buy the appropriate edition.
The Globe & Mail (Canada),
Buy the Book (July 4, 2005)
If you walked into the house, you might think we have plenty to read. But on a recent Sunday, my three daughters persuaded me to walk out of yet another bookstore with a heavy shopping bag and a lighter bank account. By the following Thursday, we had devoured $70 in new books and my middle daughter, Ella -- bemoaning the lack of things to read -- had returned to a favourite Harry Potter novel for the 400th time. Given our appetite, we needed a cheaper supply...Another book-search site I like is BookFinder.com, with a particularly comprehensive database of new and used inventory from 70,000 booksellers. The site searches a list of 70-million physical books; least expensive copies are listed first. Shoppers can click on the site's advanced search tools to limit searches to specific price ranges, say from 1 cent to 2 cents.
How to Think Like A Collector by Harry L. Rinker (June 30, 2005)
Period, Reproduction, Copycat, Fantasy, or Fake:You can purchase copies of out-of-print books on websites such as www.abebooks.com and www.bookfinder.com.
The Washington Times,
What the Heck, It's Summer (June 26, 2005)
The Sunday Column bids a fond farewell to Myron Cope -- voice of the Pittsburgh Steelers, inventor of the Terrible Towel and, last but not least, former ink-stained wretch. Cope's 'The Game That Was,' similar in style and spirit to Lawrence Ritter's 'The Glory of Their Times,' is one of the best books ever written about the early days of pro football. If you're lucky, you might be able to find a copy of it online. (I'd recommend BookFinder.com.)
The Chicago Tribune,
In for a Penny, Buy by the Pound (June 4, 2005)
Given our appetite, we needed a cheaper supply. This is where the Internet comes in. The last couple of years have seen a proliferation online of the cheapest of the cheap, so-called penny books that merchants sell for a cent apiece, as loss leaders to attract shoppers to their sites...Another book-search site I like is BookFinder.com, with a particularly comprehensive database of new and used inventory from 70,000 booksellers. The site searches a list of 70 million physical books; least expensive copies are listed first. Shoppers can click on the site's advanced search tools to limit searches to specific price ranges, say from 1 to 2 cents. 'Books in that price range will be mass-market paperbacks generally, anything that there's not a specialized demand for or anything that you might find being sold or given away at a library book sale,' said Anirvan Chatterjee, chief executive of BookFinder.com.
The New York Times,
In for a Penny, Buy by the Pound (June 2, 2005)
Another book-search site I like is BookFinder.com, with a particularly comprehensive database of new and used inventory from 70,000 booksellers. The site searches a list of 70 million physical books; least expensive copies are listed first. Shoppers can click on the site's advanced search tools to limit searches to specific price ranges, say from 1 to 2 cents. 'Books in that price range will be mass-market paperbacks generally, anything that there's not a specialized demand for or anything that you might find being sold or given away at a library book sale,' said Anirvan Chatterjee, chief executive of BookFinder.com.
Clear: A Transparent Novel by Nicola Barker (June 1, 2005)
I charge into the office, crash down in front of my computer, and dive straight on to the Internet. Wham! Amazon... Bam! Bookfinder... After sniffing around for a while I pull out my Mastercard and order...
Patent It Yourself [11th edition] by David Pressman (May 31, 2005)
Books of Use and Interest:You can often acquire out-of-print books from online booksellers, such as Amazon.com, Powells.com, and BookFinder.com.
The Oakland Tribune, The Alameda-Times Star, The Argus, The Daily Review, The San Mateo County Times & The Tri-Valley Herald (San Francisco Bay Area),
Books From South Asian Authors are Fascinating Reading (May 26, 2005)
Authors from the Indian subcontinent write lots of books. Some are fantastic. Vikram Seth's meganovel "A Suitable Boy" entranced me with its epic scope, its closely observed characters and its implicit history lessons...As for 'Tales From Indian Epics,' I strongly recommend it, but you may have to order it online at a site such as BookFinder.com, as it's published by a small press in India. The book identification number for ordering is 0-9711223-0-X. The author is a friend of my father's, I must disclaim. Does it count if I can't remember ever meeting him? The author, not my father.
The Watertown Daily Times (New York),
Internet Offers Convenience For Used Book Business (May 14, 2005)
The Internet has revolutionized the used book business, both for the collector and for the dealer. We will examine ways in which this has been the case and what it implies for the future...Today, with many Web sites easily available to the consumer, he does not have to do anything other than hit a few keys on the computer to find that long lost book he is searching for. Examples of such Web sites are: abe.com, BookFinder.com, alibris.com, and abaa.org...The Internet has indeed made a dramatic impact on the used book business. For the consumer it has been a decidedly positive one.
The Knitting Way: A Guide to Spiritual Self Discovery by Linda T. Skolnik & Janice MacDaniels (April 30, 2005)
Once Upon a Time:June Hemmons Hiatt in her comprehensive and controversial three-pound volume Principles of Knitting Methods and Techniques of Hand Knitting (referred to as POK, currently out-of-print--and the lone knitting book amng the 'the top 10 most sought-after US out of print books of 2004' at BookFinder.com--but in in the process of revision) stands in the cultured/tailored camp...
Software We Can't Work Without (April 29, 2005)
Here's the lineup of apps our distinguished panel of experts fire up every day on their own machine...iSeek: Google, Froogle, Dictionary.com, the weather in Maine: No matter what kind of Web search I need to do, Ambrosia Software's iSeek lets me run it and grab the information from a single search field in my menu bar. If I want to run any other searches--say, first-edition books at BookFinder.com--I can create my own iSeek search modules or download any of dozens more from Ambrosia's Web site ($15).
The Columbus Dispatch,
Basbanes' Latest For Beginners (April 27, 2005)
Part of the great tradition of book collecting has been the generally reputable business practices of book dealers, who are highly accountable, Basbanes recommends searching electronic resources, such as the Advanced Book Exchange (www.abebooks.com) or BookFinder.com (www.bookfinder.com), that are organized and maintained by book dealers. He notes that, in addition to the reliability of such search engines, 'the potential of such resources is obvious, especially for comparison shoppers intent on establishing a price range for various titles.'
Web Sites for Books (April 22, 2005)
BookFinder.com is one of the sites that actually helps you help the independent book seller, you know, one of the things people are complaining about, all of the big companies are selling books, the independent bookstores that go out of business, but BookFinder.com allows you to search for a book, then order it from the little guy, the big guy, but also the little guys, they are great for used books, out of print books, it works really well. BookFinder.com gives you prices, you can compare. You can call them up, order on the phone. It tells you the condition of the book which is also important.
Raymond Benson's Bond Novels Now Out Of Print (April 21, 2005)
The James Bond continuation novels by Raymond Benson are now all officially out of print, according to the author himself. The Benson novels join the other out of print 007 adventures by Kingsley Amis, John Pearson, Christopher Wood, and John Gardner. Despite performing to expecations, Ian Fleming Publications has no plans to issue reprints. Currently the only in print James Bond novels are the original 14 books by Ian Fleming and the first Young Bond novel, SilverFin, by Charlie Higson. However, Bond fans can still find the Raymond Benson continuation novels (as well as the other continuation novels) on eBay or via online book search engines like BookFinder.com.
The Palm Beach Post (Cox News),
'Flicker' A Fascinating Film-Industry Novel (April 17, 2005)
It's a pleasure to welcome Flicker back to print. Theodore Roszak's novel is a one-of-a-kind book, combining as it does film history, a variation on Don DeLillo's Running Dog, and Constantine. In broad outline, it's the story of the pursuit of a lost film by a legendary filmmaker named Max Castle -- Edgar Ulmer in everything but name...According to BookFinder.com, Flicker was one of the three most requested out-of-print novels of 2004, and it has lost none of its hallucinatory power since it was published 14 years ago, which is pehaps why its being made into a movie by Darren Aronofsky and screenwriter Jim Uhls (Fight Club).
More Book Lust: Recommended Reading for Every Mood, Moment, and Reason by Nancy Pearl (April 13, 2005)
Introduction:You can search the Internet [for books]--I generally make www.bookfinder.com...my first stop
How to Build Your Aikido Book Collection (March 22, 2005)
The normal channels (and most of the abnormal ones) center on the internet. Dealers, large and small, of new and used books can reach millions of potential buyers around the globe by joining one of the major listing services. These include Amazon, Abebooks, Alibris, Powell's, and others. One that I have found quite useful is BookFinder.com, because, unlike many of the others, they don?t actually sell or broker the books, but actually search the lists of the other listing services (and even Ebay auctions), without prejudice. And there are price comparisons for multiple hits, and links to each dealer that has published a listing.
The Citizen-Times (Asheville, NC),
Spring Brings Birds Back to Mountains From Their Winter Grounds (March 17, 2005)
Elizabeth and I are now waiting for the first wave of long-distance migrants from their Central and South American wintering grounds. In a few days, the first purple martins will arrive in Swain County. It's fun to observe the migratory birds appear at their appointed times. We have for years used Arthur Stupka's 'Notes on the Birds of Great Smoky Mountains Park' (Univ. of Tennessee Press, 1963) for reliable information on earliest spring arrival and fall departure dates. Unfortunately, this book is now out of print, but multiple used copies are available via BookFinder.com.
Newsday (New York City),
No Bestseller, But...Publicity From Cop's Mob Charges is Boosting Demand for His 1992 Autobiography (March 15, 2005)
'Mafia Cop: The Story of an Honest Cop Whose Family Was the Mob' was selling for as high as $141.75 on the Internet Monday, almost seven times the $22 it sold for when initially released in 1992. The $141.75 was the price of one of three copies of the book being hawked on Amazon.com Monday. A second seller listed the autobiography, which was co-written by Robert Drury and is now out of print, for $95.98. The third copy was going for $95.99. Alibris.com had six copies of the books offered by five different booksellers, ranging from the relatively cheap $21.83 to a high of $134.95. David Smith, a clerk at Strand Bookstore Annex on Fulton Street in Manhattan, said the price spike for Eppolito's book is typical of what happens when an author or the subject of a book ends up in the news...Since then, Strand sold whatever copies it had and four buyers are now on the waiting list. And for a 13-year-old, run-of-the-mill book like 'Mafia Cop,' four is a lot, he said. Lynn Sellers, of Cozy Corner Books in New Port Richey, Fla., listed 'Mafia Cop' on BookFinder.com for $25, but at this point she said that copy 'is gone and we need more copies.'
The Advocate (Stamford, CT),
No Best-seller, But...Publicity From Former Cop's Mob Charges Is Boosting Demand for His 1992 Autobiography (March 15, 2005)
The $141.75 was the price of one of three copies of the book being hawked on Amazon.com yesterday. A second seller listed the autobiography, which was co-written by Robert Drury and is now out of print, for $95.98. The third copy was going for $95.99. Alibris.com had six copies of the books offered by five different booksellers, ranging from the relatively cheap $21.83 to a high of $134.95. Before the scandal broke, the book had no takers on Feb. 28 when it was priced at a mere $3.99 on eBay...Lynn Sellers, of Cozy Corner Books in New Port Richey, Fla., listed 'Mafia Cop' on BookFinder.com for $25, but at this point she said that copy 'is gone and we need more copies.'
Martial Arts Biographies: An Annotated Bibliography by Rob Jacob (March 15, 2005)
Book Sources:This is a list of sources that I have found to be productive for acquiring new and used books...Price Comparison Tools...http://www.bookfinder.com/
Wishing for Winterflight: An Old Friend, A Book, and a Trip to Florida to Fight for Terri Schiavo (March 3, 2005)
Amazon sells Winterflight for $8.99 and BookFinder.com lists a number of used copies, starting with an eBay copy for just 75 cents. If I could get a thousand copies reproduced at that price in the next few days, it would be quite a handout. For if I'm going to join the protest line outside the room where Terri Schiavo is destined to die, I don't want just to stand there silently. I want passersby to know straight-up that on this issue--even with some minor disagreements--a huge group of us have thrown journalistic objectivity right out the window.
Surviving Manic Depression: A Manual on Bipolar Disorder for Patients, Families, and Providers by E. Fuller Torrey & Michael B. Knable (March 1, 2005)
Review of Books:Many of these books are in print, and those that are not can often be purchased over the Internet (www.BookFinder.com).
Best-Seller (March 2005)
Senator John Kerry may have lost the presidential election, but he did receive a literary mandate of sorts when BookFinder.com (Nov. 17, 2004) reported that his controversial Vietnam War chronicle, The New Soldier, topped last year's list of most sought after out-of-print books penned by U.S. authors. Kerry's book edged out second lady Lynne Cheney's steamy lesbian romance, Sisters. While Kerry's run for the White House surely sparked a revived interest in his book, the popularity of Cheney's 1981 novel, set in 19th-century Wyoming, may have less to do with fans clamoring for her work than with Republican Party officials trying to rid the literary landscape of any evidence it ever existed. According to BellaOnline.com, GOP partisans have been buying up every copy they can find, and last year Cheney herself put the kibosh on plans by a Canadian publisher to release a second printing.
The New York Times,
Bits of History (of Bits) on the Auction Block (February 17, 2005)
'It's becoming the new frontier in scientific collecting,' said Thomas Lecky, a vice president at Christie's who is overseeing the auction. The collection belongs to Jeremy M. Norman of Novato, Calif., a 59-year-old rare-book dealer who has been buying materials related to the history of computing since 1970. Mr. Norman's collection will first be offered as a single lot, subject to a reserve price of about $1.2 million. If the reserve is not met, the collection will be offered as individual lots...But some experts say Mr. Norman is being optimistic about the prices he will get for some of the more common items in his collection. For example, a book titled 'High-Speed Computing Devices,' a 1950 treatise on how to build a digital computer, has a reserve price of $800. Mr. Norman's copy is a first edition with a dust jacket. But at BookFinder.com more than two dozen copies of the book are for sale by various vendors, ranging in price from $60 to $275 (most without a dust jacket).
Food for the Mind (February 17, 2005)
Whatever your reasons for searching out a book, and especially if it's out of print, try the Internet. Among the best Web sites are www.alibris.com, www.addall.com and www.bookfinder.com. I took a variety of books from my library and made a quick search on each of the Web sites. All had the books, new and/or used. BookFinder.com is an easy site to navigate. The condition of some books is rated, but others not. Prices are listed lowest to highest...While I love spending a day in an actual bookstore, I have to admit that using the Internet has attractions. You won't be kept waiting on hold. You won't have to drive to the bookstore, hunt for a parking place or stand in line. Sometimes shipping is free. And it will take only seconds, or at most, minutes to use the Internet. You'll have more time for reading.
Search Engine Redux (February 15, 2005)
Find...rare books [BookFinder.com]
Chatter : Dispatches from the Secret World of Global Eavesdropping by Patrick Radden Keefe (February 15, 2005)
Bibliography:If your library fails you, try http://www.bookfinder.com/
The Daily Herald (Everett, WA),
Historian Intrigued by 100-Year-Old Love Story (February 13, 2005)
I was hooked from the start. Near the beginning of Fitch-Brewer's tale, published in 1913...The free event is organized by the Lake Stevens Historical Society, which has one copy of the book. The Everett library's Northwest Room has another copy, and Dilgard has located a few copies at BookFinder.com.
Find Rare and Out-of-Print Books (February 8, 2005)
Search engine BookFinder.com finds new, used, rare and out-of-print books online. Not sure what rare books you'd want to find? BookFinder's top 10 out of print books of 2004 is a good start. How about Lynne Cheney's 1981 lesbian romance novel? (Yes, as in Vice President Cheney's wife.) Or John Kerry's account of the Viet Nam war?
Long Beach Press-Telegram,
Smart Collector: Gibson Value Depends of Product (February 6, 2005)
Inscribed versions, from Cobb to honored guests, are of interest to book collectors and sellers. If personally inscribed to Gibson, the reader's copy has more value than say, a copy dedicated to a New York society matron. If the slipcase survives, that adds value. I suggest that readers research and find books on www.abebooks.com, www.biblio.com, or www.bookfinder.com. Checking those sites, I found several versions of the book retailing for $250 to $750. An antiquarian bookseller in the reader's area needs to check the book for condition and rarity. To find an Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America, Inc. member in any area, visit www.abaa.org.
Value of Gibson Girl Drawings Can Vary (February 6, 2005)
Inscribed versions, from Cobb to honored guests, are of inter est to book collectors and sellers. If personally inscribed to Gibson, the reader's copy has more value than say, a copy dedicated to a New York society matron. If the slipcase survives, that adds value. I suggest that readers research and find books on www.abebooks.com, www.biblio.com or www.bookfinder.com. Checking those sites, I found several versions of the book retailing for $250 to $75.
Search, Blog, Succeed (February 2005)
By the way, check out BookFinder.com [http://www.bookfinder.com], which searches over 70 million books from more than 70,000 new and used booksellers. What a fantastic new find for the 'biblioholic' in the family.
The Capital (Annapolis, MD),
Finding interest in writers' lives (January 30, 2005)
Not all writers are good at writing about themselves, and writers don't always lead interesting lives. Those are two potential strikes against any writer's biography or autobiography you might choose to read...Some books mentioned here are still in print and can be obtained at libraries and bookstores. Others have gone out of print, but may be found in used book shops or online at Web sites like Amazon, Alibris, Bibliofind and BookFinder.com.
The Jewish Press,
The Historian's Footprint: Incunabled Caxton (January 28, 2005)
I searched online at abebooks.com and BookFinder.com, a 12,500 bookseller, 60 million book resource, and found another Grabhorn Caxton at Caliban Books in Pittsburgh. This time I did not wait so long. I e-mailed, called and left a message. I got my disappointing answer while sitting in the renovated 1928 Park City, Utah/High School Gymnasium, turned into a state of the art public library. My cell phone went off like a claxon prompting agonized and apologetic body language. The bookseller informed me the Caxton had recently sold and he had not updated his website.
The Daily Herald (Chicago),
Where to Find Out-of-Print Cookbooks (January 19, 2005)
Classic out-of-print cookbooks are available again through BookFinder.com, an online marketplace featuring books for sale from over 60,000 independent booksellers. Fans of kitchen kitsch may be paying hundreds of dollars for Liberace's out-of-print opus 'Liberace Cooks' (1970), but not all cult classics are expensive. There are fabulous out-of-print gifts to be found for $15 and up, like legendary Cosmopolitan editor Helen Gurley Brown's 'Single Girl's Cookbook' (1969), with chapters like 'Food to Take to Bed' and 'Food for the Affair.' Or from the 1920s, there's 'Feed the Brute! by Marjorie Swift (1925), a guide to feeding husbands. 'Whether you're looking for new, used, or out-of-print titles, BookFinder.com can show you who's got what and how much it costs," says Anirvan Chatterjee, BookFinder.com founder. "Shoppers can order directly from the bookseller of their choice, without paying any extra fees or surcharges.' Chatterjee originally developed BookFinder.com in 1996, as a class project when he was a 19-year-old eating dorm food at the University of California, Berkeley.
Action 4 News Sunrise (January 10, 2005)
He still owns several homes and other real estate in the area. Sometimes finding a particular book at the bookstore can be hard to find, but todays internet site of the day makes your search a whole lot easier. Check out www.bookfinder.com rather than selling books ourselves, our team of high-tech book geeks has worked to create a truly useful free book search tool for all kinds of readers. BookFinder.com is a one-stop search site that lets users view the collections of over 60,000 sellers of new, used, rare, and out of print books. The sixty million titles available constitute the largest book catalog available anywhere, either online or offline.
The Guardian Weekly (London) (United Kingdom),
This Puzzling Isle (January 3, 2005)
Looking back over the past year, my email correspondence has been quite heavily dominated by solvers living outside the UK. They are roughly divided between expats who value the Guardian and its crosswords as a link with home, and non-expats who value them as a window into the events and culture of this country and its evolving language...If you are interested in exploring the huge impact of Indian languages on modern English, I can highly recommend a glossary of Anglo-Indian words and phrases first published in 1886, Hobson-Jobson, compiled by Colonel Sir Henry Yule of the Bengal Engineers, who had retired from India to live at Palermo, and Dr Arthur Burnell of the Madras Civil Service. It was last republished in 1995 and new or used copies can be found via BookFinder.com and other search engines. Happy solving in 2005!
The Calgary Herald (Alberta),
Media Name the Best of the Best: Look Back in Awe on a Year of Great Reading (January 1, 2005)
The votes are in, the ballots are counted, and no, I'm not talking about any political election. As we kick off 2005, it's a perfect time to take a look back at the last year in books. Newspapers, magazines and websites -- countless outlets have issued their best-of lists in the past month. The books that made the cut run the gamut from literary fiction to high-brow biography to Madonna's controversial 1992 book Sex. We've read all the lists and culled the most interesting choices from the most disparate sources in order to give you a backward glance at the year that was 2004...Ah, so many lists, so many books, so little time. You can never get around to reading everything you'd hoped, a fact made particularly clear when perusing our final list: BookFinder.com's Books Less Found List, a Top 10 of the most sought-after out-of-print books in 2004. At No. 1 is The New Soldier, edited by John Kerry, followed by Sisters by Lynne Cheney at No. 2. Others in the top five: Madonna's Sex, The Holy Innocents by Gilbert Adair -- and Disco Bloodbath, by former New York club-kid James St. James, proving there is something on the best-of lists for everyone. (Visit http://journal.bookfinder.com/archives/entry/000155.html for the complete Books Less Found List.)
The Urban Treasure Hunter: A Practical Handbook for Beginners by Michael Chaplan (January 1, 2005)
Websites for Treasure Hunters:BookFinder.com: For current and out-of-print books
Dpt. Arquitectura y Tecnologia de Computadores, Universidad de Granada (Spain),
Web database for text books used for teaching (2005)
There also exist some other similar applications to Amazon, as A1Books, Barners&Noble.com, Powell's Books and TotalCampus.com. Some virtual libraries in Internet provide services for purchasing and searching textbooks such as AllBookstores.com, BookFinder.com, Libreriauniversitaria on-line or Pearson Education.
Be a College Achiever by James Dublan (2005)
There are many ways to save money while you are a student. Are you aware, for example, that you can purchase many of your textbooks, which range in price from $5.00 to $200.00 (in the sciences), for half price or less on such search engines as www.bookfinder.com?
BookFinder.com was previously known as "MX BookFinder," "MXBF," or "BookFinder." Some press mentions have been edited to reflect our current name.