NickD
NickD MegaDork
8/29/21 12:05 p.m.

So, like the title says, is there any really good place I can order books from, new and used, that isn't Amazon? I really don't want to actively hand Bezos any of my money if I can help it. I used to buy a lot at Barnes & Noble, but the local B&N looks more like a Toys R Us inside than a bookstore, the selection is just absolutely pitiful. And I can't do any of those e-readers, I need a physical book in my hands. Thanks in advance.

Wally (Forum Supporter)
Wally (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
8/29/21 12:09 p.m.

I haven't done mail order but I stop in a few times a month.  
https://www.strandbooks.com

mtn
mtn MegaDork
8/29/21 12:09 p.m.

eBay, half priced books, your local library (used book sales!)

 

Honestly I would start with a google maps search of "used book store". They all have new books as well. 

secretariata (Forum Supporter)
secretariata (Forum Supporter) UltraDork
8/29/21 12:45 p.m.

I saw an actual Books-a-Million store recently.  Didn't realize they were still around. I probably should have stopped & taken a peek, but I was working.

Was going to suggest Haslam's Used Books in St Petersburg FL, but they appear to have closed in early 2020 due to Covid & not reopened to date. It also appears that they do not have internet listings or ordering.

Teh E36 M3
Teh E36 M3 SuperDork
8/29/21 1:17 p.m.

Our local store has an online presence: 

the avid reader

www.avidreaderbooks.com

Toyman01 + Sized and
Toyman01 + Sized and MegaDork
8/29/21 4:17 p.m.

In reply to secretariata (Forum Supporter) :

There are a couple of B-a-M I stop in regularly. Once here in Charleston, the other in Myrtle Beach. They have a pretty good selection on their shelves. I've never ordered from the online before. 

 

secretariata (Forum Supporter)
secretariata (Forum Supporter) UltraDork
8/29/21 4:40 p.m.

In reply to Toyman01 + Sized and :

The one in MB was the one I saw.  Didn't think I should stop while working and driving a vehicle with my employer's logo in 6" letters on 3 sides...you never know what somebody is going to call to complain about.

Woody (Forum Supportum)
Woody (Forum Supportum) MegaDork
8/29/21 5:11 p.m.

I was thinking about this last week. I really miss those Motorbooks International catalogs. I bought a lot books from them. 

Toyman01 + Sized and
Toyman01 + Sized and MegaDork
8/29/21 6:02 p.m.

In reply to secretariata (Forum Supporter) :

I can't imagine the retired MB crowd caring. When I was driving a signed truck for someone else, I still stopped there regularly. 

Adrian_Thompson (Forum Supporter)
Adrian_Thompson (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
8/29/21 6:16 p.m.

eBay still exists?

Javelin (Forum Supporter)
Javelin (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
8/29/21 6:24 p.m.
Adrian_Thompson (Forum Supporter) said:

eBay still exists?

Bigger than ever actually. 

secretariata (Forum Supporter)
secretariata (Forum Supporter) UltraDork
8/29/21 6:41 p.m.

In reply to Toyman01 + Sized and :

I'm from the gubment. I'm here to help...or for you to complain about.  laugh

Erich
Erich UberDork
8/29/21 7:14 p.m.

If I can't find it locally, I usually mail order from Powell's out in Portland Oregon. Independent and enormous bookstore - I've always been satisfied even when buying used. 

If you can visit them in-person, even better. 

Keith Tanner
Keith Tanner MegaDork
8/29/21 7:21 p.m.

I've ordered from Powell's. You can order from publishers directly as well. Motorbooks is now owned by Quarto, FYI.

For example... 

https://www.quartoknows.com/authors/4804/Keith-Tanner/

miatafan
miatafan New Reader
8/29/21 7:26 p.m.

Not sure where you are, but I have ordered limited editions and signed copies from here:  https://www.squarebooks.com/

NermalSnert (Forum Supporter)
NermalSnert (Forum Supporter) HalfDork
8/29/21 7:42 p.m.
miatafan said:

Not sure where you are, but I have ordered limited editions and signed copies from here:  https://www.squarebooks.com/

My hometown bookstore and well worth supporting.

Woody (Forum Supportum)
Woody (Forum Supportum) MegaDork
8/29/21 7:45 p.m.
Keith Tanner said:

I've ordered from Powell's. You can order from publishers directly as well. Motorbooks is now owned by Quarto, FYI.

For example... 

https://www.quartoknows.com/authors/4804/Keith-Tanner/

^Two thumbs up. Highly recommended. 

Keith Tanner
Keith Tanner MegaDork
8/29/21 8:44 p.m.

Less smartass, more useful: https://www.quartoknows.com/Motorbooks

Pushrod
Pushrod Reader
8/30/21 12:08 a.m.

American Book Exchange.  www.abe.com  Dealt with them for years. Better than ebay or amazon.

 

 

RichardNZ
RichardNZ Reader
8/30/21 1:47 a.m.

Book Depository in the UK is pretty good but postage may be prohibitive for you.

ddavidv
ddavidv UltimaDork
8/30/21 7:27 a.m.

I often buy books on Ebay. There seem to be a lot of charities that sell on there and post them for prices so cheap it's like buying at a yard sale. Shipped media mail rate you can get an out-of-print book many times for about five bucks delivered.

stuart in mn
stuart in mn MegaDork
8/30/21 8:08 a.m.

I checked Google and there are several independent bookstores in your area, have  you checked them out?

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
8/30/21 8:32 a.m.
Wally (Forum Supporter) said:

I haven't done mail order but I stop in a few times a month.  
https://www.strandbooks.com

Strand is an institution. 

1988RedT2
1988RedT2 MegaDork
8/30/21 9:02 a.m.

I'm a regular at my local County Library--very nice facility.

If it's something I want to own, ebay is probably my first stop.

I commend the OP on his refusal to give Beezos any more money.  I'm thinking he probably has enough. 

Gunchsta
Gunchsta Dork
8/30/21 9:09 a.m.

I'll put a plug for my local bookstore here in MN - https://www.magersandquinn.com/  They ship as well. 

Good alternative along with all the others people have mentioned. 

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