Finding Out-of-Print Books

You remember that book you used to love as a kid? The one that you always borrowed from the local library until you actually found a copy of your own? You read that whole book cover to cover so many times that the pages were coming loose and you could remember what pages the chapters started on. Now that you’re an adult and you’ve moved into your real, adult home, you may have a bookshelf that you’re looking to fill up.
Most people are quick to look for that book one more time, the one that they loved as a child. They may not ever read it again, or they may curl up with it in private and devour it when no one is home. However, if you’re like most people in their late twenties or early thirties, you?re not exactly sure where that book is anymore. How do you go about finding books that may be out of print? Thankfully, it’s easier than ever before thanks to the Internet.

Online Searches

When you’re looking for anything these days, odds are that you can find it on the Internet. There are a host of websites that you can check out when you are trying to find old books online. and are great resources if you?re looking for something very specific. You can also download a lot of neat applications that are specially made for people who are looking for things that were important to them as children.
However, what if you’re looking for a smaller press book or something that you may not even fully remember the title of? Looking for ?that book where the princess hangs out with dragons? may not get you much of anywhere. (Dealing with Dragons is the book you’re looking for, if that is the case, by the way). If you can’t remember the title, you’re going to have to take your search a little deeper.
Try going to places online that specialize in finding rare things. There are countless blogs and websites where you can ask about the books you used to read as a kid. Make sure that you have as many details as possible, including when you read it, before you post your question. While you may not get the real answer, you’ll be closer.

Making Sure You?re Getting the Real Deal

Once you know what you are looking for, you can go back to Bookfinder or sites like it. You can also try Craigslist or other sorts of resale sites. Before you pay for your used book, make sure that you’re getting what you are paying for. Some of those old, childhood memories will not come cheap. This could be because the publisher has gone out of business or because the book has been out of print for so long that it is now considered a collector’s item.
If getting the book in hard cover is out of question, you can always see if your eReader has any online bookstore options available to it. Many online booksellers offer deals on out-of-print books certain times out of the year, only to people who are using their eReaders. Don’t let this sort of thing go to waste if you’re looking for that book that meant a lot to you


  1. Sherri Lewis says:

    I would love to re-read some of the books that I loved so much growing up. And last year for Christmas, my dad wanted some books he read back when he was in school….. that was a challenge to find 🙂