AbeBooks is a global online marketplace where you can find books, collectible art and ephemera. This service is available in over 50 countries around the world with six international websites. The first website was launched in 1996 as a result of an idea of two couples from Victoria, Canada - Rick and Vivian Pura and Keith and Cathy Waters. The company features offers from book market giants as well as small, independent bookstores. AbeBooks doesn’t have any storage of its own as all the orders are shipped directly from a particular bookseller. The prices are fixed – there are no auctions possible and the range of offered books is incredible – from the most popular bestsellers, offered in thousands of copies to the original manuscripts and the rarest tomes.
Use a basic search box or advanced search tool to find what you’re looking for, using a title, an author’s name, ISBN, keywords, publisher’s data and more. Browse collections of books in the span of many genres or look for rare collectibles such as photographs, drawings, prints, maps and atlases, postcards, magazines, manuscripts... and more. Much more. You can find millions of things, new books, old books, signed books... It’s hard to mention them all. Just visit AbeBooks and see for yourself.
If you’re a student or a teacher, you may be interested in AbeBooks textbooks service. You can save money on textbooks by using a vast database to find the cheapest new (or used) textbooks. Not to mention you can sell your old textbooks that you don’t need any more, for a small fee. Actually, you can sell any books you want at AbeBooks. Just go to booksellers’ part of the website to subscribe for a seller account and show your goods to millions of people visiting AbeBooks on a daily basis.
Let’s say, you finally stumbled upon the very book you were looking for. AbeBooks gives you all the necessary information about it. Sometimes you can also see a photo of a cover provided by the bookseller. For more popular titles you will have a choice between soft and hard cover, new or used copy and between various editions. Collectibles may also be available in variations. And if something turns out to be not quite as you expected, you have 30 days to return your order and demand a full refund.
Add the product you want to buy to your basket and you will be redirected to the page where all your chosen items are listed. Your basket has also a place for entering a voucher code. To find such a code, go to Picodi.com/uk and enter “AbeBooks” into the search box. Browse the list with ongoing promotions and find “Reveal the Code” button. Click on it to see the code. Copy it and go back to AbeBooks’ basket. Paste the code into the proper place which you can see encircled in red in the picture below. Click on “Update” to apply it.
Proceed to checkout. To place an order you need to be a registered user. Enter your e-mail and create a password to sign up. Specify payment method and fill in all the necessary details. Check your order and enter delivery address. Confirm to finalize the purchase. You will be notified about your order’s status via e-mail.
Community... and more
Reading is more of a personal activity than a community event but you have to admit it – without people to share your impressions, recommendations and opinions on books, it would be half as fun. AbeBooks understands it like no others and gives you all the means to meet and talk with other book lovers.
Pages & Proofs is AbeBooks’ own blog with news from the book world, the latest arrivals in AbeBooks database and fun facts about pretty much everything.
Features Archive contains all the features about books, book characters, authors and more, that AbeBooks publishes on a weekly basis to inspire your reading list and collectibles’ shopping.
Book Fair Directory includes information about any upcoming and ongoing book fairs and events in your area.
Discussion forums maintained by AbeBooks allow you to talk with other readers, ask about books, answer to questions about books, ask for reading suggestions, post your own suggestions... and enjoy being a part of bookworms’ community.
If you prefer advantages offered by social media, you can find AbeBooks on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Pinterest, Instagram, Google+, Tumblr and Flickr. So, yeah, no chance to miss it.
Avid Reader - well, that’s you, no doubt. But it’s also a name of AbeBooks newsletter that you can subscribe for. It’s a monthly e-mail with books-related stuff such as AbeBooks features, the latest deals, new arrivals, sales, useful tips... you name it.
Explore Weirdness – if you dare! AbeBooks’ Weird Book Room features all kinds of strange, bizarre, nonsensical and utterly funny titles. Browse it, laugh and share with your friends. Let the weirdness spread around the world!