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 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.

Monique Murphy
2/27/2020 8:53:24 PM

I aÂm looking for a book I read many years ago on a website called Wattpad. The author published the book with a new title and I would love to reread it. The wattpad title was called guilty academy. I was about a young girl who got in trouble and was sent to a school for better discipline and ended up being in a group with kids who all have unique abilities like being psychic or werewolves and vampires.

2/27/2020 8:21:15 PM

I am looking for a book that had a bunch of random history and true stories in it. It was the history or everything from sex to foot binding and ancient Japan. I remember the cover being red and white with a man in the electric chair. Please some one help me out I am going crazy!!

2/27/2020 7:21:43 PM

im looking for a book i don't remember the names or anything i just remember the plot. its about a girl who's dad is a scientist who did gene cloning on her and other kids and one day her dad dies and she is sent to live with one of his old scientist friends and sent to a school where there she gets locked in and is forced to heal a girl with they guy but there is a chance that they girl could die. she also has dreams about a guy but it turns out he is just trying to kill her because he doesn't like her. it a lot and i have look all over the ibooks app store to find and i just can't find it. soooooooooo any guesses????