1 July 2004

Book Buying, Selling, and Reviews on the Web

When you buy books you want to save time + money, and find out more
about what you are getting. Reviews and Price Comparisons are now
easier to find on the web. And when you've finished with your books,
selling them or giving them to good causes is also getting easier.

1) TynCat. All in one place: reviews, libraries + price comparisons
2) Reviews and previews of books on the web
3) Price comparison sites for new + used books
4) Sell your surplus books when you?ve finished with them
5) Give away your surplus books to a good cause


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1) TynCat all in one place: reviews, libraries, + prices
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TynCat, the Catalogue of Tyndale House, has a new BookBar.
Click on the picture of a book at http://www.tyncat.com/ to go there.
If the book is in Tyndale House library, it is worth reading,
and most of the information about these books which available
elsewhere is linked to from the BookBar.
Find your book, then click on a Title to find more information,
or click on the picture of the book for the BookBar.
This links to Reviews, Price Comparison sites + Libraries.
When you've found the best price, buy it here and you help
to support Tyndale House.

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2) Reviews and previews of books on the web
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Review of Biblical Literature
http://www.bookreviews.org/search_now.asp
Thousands of excellent academic reviews with good search facilities.
SBL members can offer to review a book (and keep it, of course).

Reviews in Theological Journals online, eg:
Interpretation: http://www.interpretation.org/journal.htm
Protestant Reformed Theological Journal: http://www.prca.org/prtj/
IOUDAIOS Review: http://listserv.lehigh.edu/lists/ioudaios-review/
Denver Journal: http://www.denverseminary.edu/dj/

The Medieval Review (with links to UMDL's huge collection)
Reviews of academic history, including church history + theology
http://www.hti.umich.edu/cgi/t/text/text-idx?cc=tmr;page=boolean

Amazon Reviews http://www.amazon.com/
USA Amazon (ie .com) often has more reviews than local Amazons
Reviews are by ?real? people, not handpicked academics.
Also: Inside the Book and Contents pages for many titles.

Acqweb's Directory of Book Reviews on the Web
http://acqweb.library.vanderbilt.edu/acqweb/bookrev.html
Links to the other review sources, including many Academic sites

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3) Price comparison sites for new + used books
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There are many price comparison sites. Most fail to meet
Tyndale's exacting standards. The following are good.
GoodBookPrices - - http://www.goodbookprices.com/
The price comparison which Tyndale uses
- brings the best comparison sites into one place
FetchBook - http://www.fetchbook.info/
- prices from 92 stores plus delivery to most countries
BookHQ - http://www2.bookhq.com/
- new + used textbooks plus delivery to most countries
AddAll - http://www.addall.com/
- used books at http://used.addall.com/
- searches 40 bookshops and 10,000 Used booksellers
abeBooks - http://www.abebooks.com/
- 12,000 Used booksellers. Maintains a ?Wants? list for you
BookFinder - http://www.bookfinder.com/
- merges lots of others, but no shipping info

Some runners-up:
http://www.bookfinder4u.com/
http://www.getcheapbooks.com/
http://bookbrain.co.uk/
http://www.nextag.com/
http://isbn.nu/
http://www.bestwebbuys.com/books
http://www.pricerunner.co.uk/books
http://campusbooks.com/

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4) Sell your surplus books when you?ve finished with them
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Lots of sites are offering to buy back textbooks,
but the following will pay your postage (within the USA)
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/frames/selltextbooks/
http://www.ecampus.com/buyback.asp
These sites offer free listing, for a commission if sold:
http://www.classbook.com/classbook/include/buyback_page.asp
http://www.textbookx.com/sell.php
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/subst/misc/sell-your-stuff.html
BigWords will search for the best price in various sales sites
http://uber-bot.bigwords.com/
In the UK there are also lots of textbook sellers, eg:
http://www.academicbooktrade.co.uk/
http://www.study4less.co.uk/more.html
List of other sites in the UK:
http://www.directory.co.uk/Sell_Textbooks_Online.htm


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5) Give away your surplus books to a good cause
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Donate your old books (and new ones) to:
Ukrain (from USA) - http://www.ucef.org/books.htm
other Eastern Europe biblical libraries (from anywhere)
- http://www.bibliothecabiblica.unibe.ch/Appeal.htm
Africa (from UK) - http://www.bookaid.org/cms.cgi/site/getinvolved/books.htm
list of others - http://worldlibraries.org/resources/contain.shtml

American Sociological International Book Donation Information
Lists charities who ship books to third world. Mostly no theology!
http://www.asanet.org/apap/intlbook.html

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