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Subject: Library Sales Question
Date Posted: 9/12/2008 9:30 AM ET
Member Since: 8/22/2008
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Hi all!

I'm fairly new to PBS and I've seen a lot of talk about Library Sales and what not. Can you tell me how you find out what Library is have a sale and how cheap are the books?


Date Posted: 9/12/2008 9:56 AM ET
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Our local libraries put an ad in the paper when a sale is coming up.  Also, I have found that most of our local library branches have 'sale' areas.  The 'sale ' section has paperbooks for .25.  The hardbacks are $1.00.

You might want to call the local library and see if they have a sale section or a big sale scheduled.

Hope this helps....


Date Posted: 9/12/2008 10:04 AM ET
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You can subscribe to book sale notices here:

Book Sale Finder - Your Online Guide to Used Book Sales


Prices vary, but my library is usually 50cents for paperbacks; $1.00 for hardcover.  Get there early before all the good ones are taken.

Date Posted: 9/12/2008 10:22 AM ET
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Definitely contact your local libraries.  Most have a Friends of the Library organization that holds booksales.  How often and the pricing depends on the library.  Some libraries even have little bookstores or swap sections in them.  Mine does and the bookstore is run by volunteers and only open on certain days.

Your local library will have all the details or watch your local paper for sales.

Date Posted: 9/12/2008 10:48 AM ET
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I was gonna say Book Sale Finder, and then I noticed that Claudia put up the link to it.  Any library sales in your area should be listed there.  Outlying counties usually are too - depending on where you live. 

Date Posted: 9/12/2008 12:17 PM ET
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What I'm talking about are ongoing sales that our libraries have all the time, though they also have big special sales at various times of year. But each branch has a place where they sell donated books--lucky me!--and every time I pass a library I have to stop and see what they got.

Date Posted: 9/12/2008 2:08 PM ET
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most of the times i get Friends of the Library (FOL) books, it's just off the shelf at one of the local branch libraries.  the branches here mostly have a shelf or two of books where regular paperbacks are $.50.  judging from the books i pick up semi-regularly, there's someone in town who likes the same kinds of paranormal romance i do.  the next town over, they seem to have a regular donator with great taste in sf&f.

there's also a big sale locally twice a year where they sell books by the pound, which actually means fat books are more than the usual $.50, but they have way more available.

thanks to another PBS member, i also discovered a branch library up in my mom's area that has huge sales what seems like once a quarter.  i got stacks of books there in both March and June, but had to skip the one last weekend since there was just too much to do around here.  there the books are $.50 apiece in the 'main' outside section, but they also have a room inside with the more recent releases or books in great shape and the regular paperbacks were $1.50 to $2, with trade paperbacks at around $3.50.  i happily snagged several things from my WL in that room.  :)

Date Posted: 9/12/2008 3:56 PM ET
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My library has a kiosk where they sell books they dont' want anymore and donations.  They're .25 for paperbacks and $1.00 for hardbacks. 

They said they have a once a year sale in the Spring.  I would try that website that someone posted or just call your local library and ask.


Date Posted: 9/13/2008 9:21 PM ET
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Watch your FOL sales too, mine does a bag sale on the last day...$5 for a paper bag, stuff it with as many books as you can! That library does their big sale 2X a year, then all year round they have a little table set up with books for sale $.50 paperback, $1 hardcover.