100+ Children’s Books For $399 With AbeBooks
AbeBooks is a great place to locate cheap children’s books. Many times there is free shipping, so that sweetens the pie even more.
Cheap Children’s Books
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AbeBooks was acquired December 2008 by Amazon.com, Inc. It is an online marketplace where you can find used books, rare books, new books and out of print books at a very reasonable price. As a student and Librarian, this is my go to spot for cheap books that are in great condition. Although it was acquired by Amazon.com, Inc, AbeBooks remains a standalone company with headquarters in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. They also have a European office in Dusseldorf, Germany.
Early Experience With AbeBooks
I have been using AbeBooks for quite a while. As a university student in Jamaica, the cost of textbooks can be quite prohibitive. I was apprehensive about using this at first because I was not sure what condition the books would be in. When I finally gave in, I was pleasantly surprised. Purchasing the books from AbeBooks and paying customs charges in Jamaica still allowed me to come out paying less than what the textbooks cost in the bookshop. I simply used a service called Mailpac which gave me a US address. I selected books that included free shipping, then paid the low customs duties because they were educational items.
Why AbeBooks Is a Good Idea
If you have kids who read a lot, or you are responsible for purchasing books for a library then AbeBooks is a good friend to have. For $399 I was able to purchase over 100 books for my school library. They provide very good descriptions of the condition of the books so you are able to select based on that information. Here are some examples of book descriptions:
Fair. 1st Edition. N/A. Binding is slightly damaged and/or book has some loose pages. No missing pages. Sorry, CD missing.
Book Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. N/A. Ships from Reno, NV. Great condition for a used book! Minimal wear.
Book Condition: Good. Ex-Library Book – will contain Library Markings. Book has a small amount of wear visible on the binding, cover, pages
Some Booksellers On AbeBooks
- Better World Books
- Hippo Books
- Yankee Clipper Books
- Free State Books
- Green Earth Books
- Sierra Nevada Books
- Books Squared
- Wonder Book
- Book Deals
Other Features On AbeBooks
There are other features of AbeBooks that might be of interest to you:
Textbook Buyback Program
So the next time you are searching for children’s books for your kids, nieces, nephews, library or just because, why not check out AbeBooks? I believe you will find something reasonable there to keep you coming back. Happy hunting!