How to Find That Book You've Spent Years Looking For

Between libraries, the web, and rare book stores, near-forgotten books are easier than ever to find.

| November-December 2003


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Searching for a book you remember reading as a child, college student, or happy dropout, but haven't seen anywhere since? On the Web, there are now numerous ways to expand your hunt beyond Amazon. Abebooks is a consortium that connects you to thousands of used-book stores around the world. Another search site is the Berkeley-based Bookfinder.com. You can also search a growing number of individual stores online, including the Portland-based Powells and Bolerium Books in San Francisco, which specializes in rare books on labor issues and radical history.


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Meanwhile, your local library can be a great help, too, thanks to a practice called interlibrary loan. Libraries across the country will lend you books and other materials, creating a vast collection that's easy for you to access. Here's how: If you don't find what you're looking for in your library's catalog, ask a librarian to locate it elsewhere in the huge national loan network. Tell the pros as much about the book as you can. Title and author are most important, but publisher and publication date (or even a good guess at it) can be helpful too. They'll do the rest.

dessflow14
11/17/2019 5:59:08 PM

I’m looking for a story that i might have read in middle school or 1st year of high school literature. Having to do with a cave that people thought had a fire breathing beast that came around the same time midnight, but in the end turns out actually being a train crossing a wormhole thing in time.


heln
11/17/2019 11:20:46 AM

I am a true bookworm! I adore reading books. I can read up to five books in a week (if I had more time, I would read definitely more). I can read not books only: short stories are a great choice to read on the go. But it is an eternal problem to choose something interesting to read here and now. And you know, my interests are connected both with Charlotte Brontë unbelievable novels and articles on websites like eu-lrh.com. So I am reallt thankful for your pieces of advice! Now I have more space for searching the literary works I like and could like. Tastes may differ and really do so, that's life...


rocky712
11/17/2019 10:39:30 AM

read a book in the 80s or 90s it was a collection of short horror stories one story in particular scared the be Jesus out of all I remember is a journalist agreed to meet a women in a dark alley way and upon talking she transformed into this vile insect at that point the journalist knew he was doomed can anyone help me with the book name had different authors email widowmaker1961@yahoo.com. pH 321 947 4142