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Subject: Acquiring YA books
Date Posted: 12/6/2013 11:10 AM ET
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I'm wondering where you get most of your YA books without breaking the bank?

I've ordered a few here, but some wish lists are really long. Others don't seem to move. Its made me wonder if YA books are more popular as ebooks.

I do have a UBS about 45mins away & usually find something there. Also, there's a thrift store that I have some luck at. However, both sources are hit & miss when I'm looking for certain authors. BAM has some YA in their bargain section, but I rarely get there since the one I used closed. I've ordered a few online, but the prices stop me from ordering more.

So, are you finding any deals on the YA books you want?  

 

Date Posted: 12/7/2013 12:20 AM ET
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My nephew is a teen librarian.  He says that the shelf life for a teen book is less than half of an adult book.  Teens are hard on books.  There are the backpacks.  Then the need to share a book with your BFFs.  Then snacks and soda, which can destroy a book rather quickly.  Teens will often have a need to keep or check out again and again any books that really touches them.  So the book is older once they do let go.

I get most of the YA I read from the swap games over in the game forum.  There it is often books from adult readers of YA, rather than teens.  

Date Posted: 12/7/2013 12:31 AM ET
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I get a lot of my YA like Emily said from swaps, but when I'm buying I check out the bargain book shelves at hastings.  I can get books from their for 2.99-5.99 for newer hardcover or paperbacks mostly when I get books from there they are a year old or so older.  Its not that current year stuff but its always stuff on my wl.  They also have a huge trade a book section that they do deals on.  I've just not really been reading a bunch of YA.

Also like Emily said the shelf life for YA books when you have a teen reading them is much shorter.  I share my books with my bf's nieces sometimes I don't get them back becuase they ask to keep ones they really like and the ones I get back are borderline postable.  So that might be why the lines on YA here don't move as quick.  Plus there are not a huge amount of teens on here that I've meet, mostly its parents exchanging out books for their kids or people like me looking for neices.

You could also check amazon's bargain books I've not been on there in a while but I used to buy books that way all the time.

Date Posted: 12/7/2013 1:16 AM ET
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If you do not want to hold on to the books, you might try the YA virtual box over in Games.  (As you need to keep offering books, not that the books are temporary.)

Date Posted: 12/9/2013 10:30 AM ET
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I hadn't considered that teens would be harder on books in general & they wouldn't meet the posting requirements here. Guess I'll continue to visit my UBS as often as possible & plan a trip to BAM soon. I'm considering another online source, but shipping really pushes up the price.

Thanks for your thoughts... I'll plan to grab whatever I can find locally & continue to post the "non keepers".

Date Posted: 12/9/2013 4:04 PM ET
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bookcloseouts.com is a good place to check 

Date Posted: 12/12/2013 1:20 AM ET
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Its called bookoutlet.com now. They changed their name. But I have gotten over 100 books from them in the past few months. I love that place! You have to search under new arrivals and then children fiction because no one seems to have a YA section.

Date Posted: 12/15/2013 6:47 PM ET
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Our library has a great YA section. I get most of my YA reads there.

Date Posted: 9/17/2014 8:49 AM ET
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I use my Library system.  Our YA section is fairly small, but I can get interlibrary loan for free, and borrow from all of central IL.  I do research here and on Amazon for books that I'm interested in, then search and hold them online.  I can also renew them online if I don't get through the book as quickly as I should.  

Another good source is the Free Library of Philadelphia... they have a HUGE online library with e-books.  Membership is about $30 a year.



Last Edited on: 9/17/14 8:50 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 9/19/2014 1:28 PM ET
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I am also fortunate to have an incredible YA section at my public library. I get quite a few of my YA reads from there.

Bookoutlet.com is a great place to get your YA books for a lot less money. It used to be difficult to find the YA reads amidst all the other children's books, but when they changed their name, they also developed a new clickable tween/YA category. Much easier to find these books now.

Another way I get a lot of YA books for less is on my Kindle. Especially through watching for deals on my WL YA titles. If I find a book I'm after for less than about $4.00 in kindle version (that isn't available at my library), then I snap it up.

The other way to get YA books faster is through the PBS games. There are YA virtual boxes, or sometimes you can win them just playing in the regular games too. I get a lot of them that way.

 



Last Edited on: 9/19/14 1:28 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 9/21/2014 7:28 PM ET
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Thriftbooks.com is great. they might sent you ARC's or books not in the condition you ordered them in BUT they refund you which i appreciate. Ollies is a local discount store where i get amazing YA books for $1.99 HARDBACK! Goodwill, library sales and still bookoutlet.com

Date Posted: 3/9/2015 2:14 PM ET
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I read all my YA on my Kindle. I hate using the library because I always forget to return them and you have to be so careful with the books. I use Kindle Unlimited and there is quite the good selection of YA. Even the Harry Potter books are free through KU. 

Date Posted: 7/18/2017 10:00 PM ET
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Goodwill/Thrift stores have pretty good bargains if I really look! Sometimes, my library would have YA books for sale, but not as much as adult books.