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Books without breaking the bank

Posted: Mon Aug 25, 2014 11:44 am
by Grania
I suspect I'm not the only one here to be frustrated by the prices of more 'unusual' books - useful to the subject you want to research, but not popular enough to be affordable. I've been searching for second hand copies of several books in the usual online places, but I'm not having much success. Does anyone here have any tips, or know of others sites perhaps that I might try? Long shot I know, but I thought it might be worth asking.
Thanks :)

Re: Books without breaking the bank

Posted: Mon Aug 25, 2014 12:23 pm
by Henri De Ceredigion
Yes, I have that problem with books about past general elections. Ebay is usually my first port of call for those, but as you are after specialised books have you give AbeBooks to try?

Re: Books without breaking the bank

Posted: Mon Aug 25, 2014 12:38 pm
by Grania
I've found a few on there, but the prices of some are still painful - research is so frustrating :roll:

Re: Books without breaking the bank

Posted: Mon Aug 25, 2014 3:29 pm
by Phil the Grips
Go to the library- they can get pretty much anything. Photocopy what you need for now and the contents/reference pages for future consultation to see it if it is worth it to borrow it again or purchase. The latter is important cos I've tracked down relatively expensive books in the past only to find them disappointing in terms of content or writing style.

Otherwise set up searches with abebooks who'll let you know when stuff comes up at a decent price, often the overseas versions have better prices as books in English have less value overseas (but then most of the books I want are written in French so cheaper anyway due to less demand here).

Re: Books without breaking the bank

Posted: Mon Aug 25, 2014 3:35 pm
by Merlon.
Amazon, Abebooks and Oxbow books are all potential sources of books.
There are specialist dealers but that is hard to advise without an indication of the topic being researched.
Have you access to JSTOR, either directly or via a friend, to locate academic papers?

Re: Books without breaking the bank

Posted: Mon Aug 25, 2014 3:46 pm
by Grania
Thanks :) Haven't tried Oxbow so that's definitely another for the list. I used to rely on interlibrary loans for stuff, but since I moved to another county the cost makes it impractical too regularly :roll:

Re: Books without breaking the bank

Posted: Wed Aug 27, 2014 7:44 am
by sally
Sidestone Press make all their catalogue available to read free online, as well as the more usual print copies. Lots of interesting stuff here: www.sidestone.com/library

Re: Books without breaking the bank

Posted: Wed Aug 27, 2014 1:04 pm
by John Waller
Try online resources like Project Gutenberg or Google Books for out of copyright ebooks. Lots of interesting stuff there. We could help better if you gave your areas of interest or the books you are seeking.

Re: Books without breaking the bank

Posted: Wed Aug 27, 2014 1:55 pm
by sally
also York Archaeology Trust have a lot of now out-of-print books available to download

Re: Books without breaking the bank

Posted: Thu Aug 28, 2014 10:12 am
by Grania
:D Thanks
Mostly I'm researching 16th Century Ireland - food, clothes, society in general, particularly the lives of women. There isn't much out there, and what there is is generally a bit more than my budget can run to - and having to do it from England makes it even worse :roll:

Re: Books without breaking the bank

Posted: Tue Sep 02, 2014 4:46 pm
by MiniCooper
I second looking for downloads, not sure on your particular topic but have had some luck myself in the past.