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Subject: Where do you find foreign language books?
Date Posted: 7/4/2008 4:17 PM ET
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The library? Online? A special source?

Share your ideas here!

I use

Barnesandnoble.com and can sometimes find popular novels at the library.

Date Posted: 7/5/2008 11:34 AM ET
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I've been having a hard time finding books in other languages. :(

The closest library to me is rather small, and they don't have many books in other languages (unless you count phrasebooks and "Learn basic Spanish-French-German-Italian" books).

I've been looking around online, but different websites are giving me different languages for the same ISBN (one will say it's in French, one will say it's in English). I don't want to spend money on something that isn't what I really want, you know?

I wish this forum was a bit more active, so that I could find some good books in here! :)

Date Posted: 7/12/2008 2:11 PM ET
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This website :) I've gotten most of my German books from a person here. The FOL store also has a foreign language section, and I've gotten a couple there, including a Swedish and a Norwegian novel, along with some German magazines.
Date Posted: 7/20/2008 2:04 PM ET
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Perhaps we should organize boxes by languages?

Date Posted: 7/25/2008 1:41 AM ET
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"I've gotten most of my German books from a person here."

Really ? ;-) Hope you're doing well. :-)

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Coree, I agree, it isn't exactly easy to get to foreign language books here on PBS or elsewhere. Depending on what language you're searching for I certainly know a few resources.

F. e. I'm ordering almost all of my German, French, Spanish or Italian books from and onlinestore in Germany. They don't charge the shipping and you can pay easily with your creditcard. It might take six weeks until you get your book but in the end it is worth the wait because foreign language books in the U.S. are usually overpriced.

 

 

Date Posted: 7/27/2008 11:41 PM ET
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I have a trip to Paris planned in December. I was thinking about taking my tiny suitcase b/c I am a pretty good packer but I think I'll be coming back with a lot of books.

Date Posted: 7/28/2008 4:13 PM ET
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Kirstin, what online store do you use to order your language books in Germany?

Date Posted: 8/4/2008 10:14 AM ET
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http://www.gerbers.de/shop/ :)
Date Posted: 8/8/2008 1:40 PM ET
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Thank you!!

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Date Posted: 8/15/2008 3:30 AM ET
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I buy them at the local thrift shop, but since my german is very limited it's hard to know what will be desired by users here and what won't!!  If you have a title or author you seek (german), please let me know!!  :)  Occasionally our thrift stores will have french or spanish or etc., but since I'm in Germany german is what I see the most, natch.

Date Posted: 10/23/2008 8:58 AM ET
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One of my local used book stores (The Bookworm, in Boulder) has a 6'x3' section of bookshelves for non-english books.

One of my local thrifts also has a shelf full, I think they get quite a few from the local university students at the end of each semester.  The university bookstore has a fair selection of new titles.

Whenever I'm in San Francisco, I drop by Kinokuniya in Japan Town and load up.

 

 



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Subject: My sources
Date Posted: 12/3/2008 11:51 PM ET
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I find http://www.abebooks.com to be an excellent source for foreign books.  I only search the USA bookstores.  Overseas shipping is expensive.

I've found some on E-bay also.

There are some foreign locate download sites for audiobooks.  You avoid the shipping and can load them on your Ipod..

Subject: Foreign Book Bookstore
Date Posted: 12/4/2008 12:36 AM ET
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When I'd go back east to visit family, I loved Schoenhof's Foreign Books in Harvard Square in Cambridge, MA.  They were great and huge and supposedly the oldest foreign language bookstore in the country (since 1856).  They also had a nice online website.  However, I just discovered they got bought out by Midwest European Publications.  I think they still go by Schoenhof's in Cambridge.  Haven't been there since the change, though.  Here is the website:  http://www.schoenhofs.com/

Date Posted: 12/16/2008 6:45 PM ET
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I go to the library mainly. I also picked up Harry Potter and A Walk to Remember (french) and Barnes and Noble last time I went. It is so hard to find books in another language though, its kind of sad. :'(