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July 3, 2009

Biblio – Locate the Hardest to Find Books

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The average reader wants just a couple of things from their online bookstore—one is that they can find the books they’re looking for and another is that those books will be priced fairly. Biblio offers both of these things to its users, specializing in both used and rare, out of print books. And, while it’s true many readers head on over to Amazon for their book shopping, it’s also true that there are just some things that can’t be found there. This includes an excellent selection of rare and out of print books—a feature Biblio can proudly boast.

We like that they support independent used bookstores while continually offering the best in both value and selection. Clicking “Get Involved” takes you to a page stocked with ideas on how to support independent used bookstores, including options like donating and even suggestions as simple as blogging about them.

There’s no doubt Biblio appeals to nearly everyone, as its not just a good site for rare books but also a great place to find deals on textbooks and other cheap, used books. All in all, as far as online bookstores go, Biblio is hard to resist.

Practical Uses:

  • Find cheap textbooks for your math class
  • Buy a rare, out of print book for your grandmother’s birthday
  • Buy a signed copy “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Insider Tips:

  • Click “Get Involved” and support independent used bookstores
  • Look under Bargain books for deals under $2
  • Include more information or use the filters on the left if you get too many results

What we liked:

  • Strong support for independent and used bookstores
  • Great deals on college textbooks
  • Excellent selection of rare and out of print books

What we didn’t like:

  • We liked everything

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Company Info:

  • Launched: 2003
  • Privately Held
  • Headquarters: Asheville, North Carolina
  • Founded by: Brendan Sherar
  • Web site: http://www.biblio.com

Costs:

  • Free