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Guide to the best places to buy second hand, rare and out of print books online

The shops in this section are great sources if you are looking to buy second hand, rare or out of print books. You will obviously find some less familiar names here due to the 'niche market' nature of the books on offer.


Abebooks are the world's largest online marketplace for used, rare, second-hand, antiquarian and out-of-print books. You can search in over 50 million titles from thousands of booksellers. If you're interested, you can sell books at Abebooks as well.
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Alibris UK

At Alibris you can search more than 60 million second-hand, out-of-print and rare titles, and discover books you thought you'd never find. You can also buy some first editions and signed book copies from their easy to use website.
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Bookindex is a small well presented used book web site featuring collectors, second hand, out of print and rare books at knock down prices.
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Booklovers provides an easy method of buying good quality second hand books online. All the books on offer are described carefully for both condition and contents. The site also features a 'collector's corner' newsgroup for book enthusiasts and allows visitors to place a 'book search' for a sought after book.
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This well-known High Street book store offers over 1.4 million titles online. This includes a large collection of rare books. The site also features book reviews and you can read about the latest discussions of the Blackwell's Reading group in their 'Reader's Corner'.
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eBay UK

eBay is the world's leading and largest person-to-person online trading community, and as such they're the ideal place to hunt for second hand or rare books. Registration is till completely free, so nothing to loose.
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Mary Ward Books

Mary Ward Books are an independent online bookstore specialising in second hand books, out of print books and used books. They offer online and offline book search facilities and secure payments via PayPal.
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Sell Student Books

As the name suggests, if you have any university and academic books to sell, or if you like to buy second hand ones, this is the place to be. They're the UK's leading second hand textbook marketplace, with over 30 million covering all university subjects from law and accounting to psychology and geography at every level.
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World of Books

If you're looking for great value second hand books, then World of Books might well be the place for you. They don't believe that books should only be read once and that's why they help thousands of used books find new homes every year. They also buy directly from charities, such as titles which the charity does't have space for or doesn't want. As such their customers are indirectly helping to support good causes too.
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Word Power

Word Power is Scotland's independent radical bookshop. They are committed to promoting literature outwith the mainstream, making it more accessible and thereby supporting small presses and new writers.
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Zardoz claims to be Europe's largest out-of-print and collectible fiction book dealer. They have also been trading in vintage and collectible paperbacks for ten years and stock 70,000 paperbacks and pulp magazines.
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