Saturday, 13 October 2012

An American on English Canals.

When I first started collecting books the process could be long, tedious and arduous. Browsing in second-hand & antiquarian bookshops occasionally yielded results or having found a bookshop that specialized in Transport books and asked for their current catalogue ,one occasionally found a few old canal items there. You could of course advertise for a particular title in ‘Bookdealer’  a trade weekly with ‘Books wanted’ and ‘Books for Sale’ categories.
With the arrival of the internet nothing less than a revolution took place and later still internet auctions made everything so much easier.
With the internet; bookdealers could advertise any individual book for sale through such sites as – Abe books, biblio, Alibris ,amazon and eBay.
All auctioneers could show details & complete catalogues of their sales on line and one could bid online too.
‘Bookfinder’ is however by far the best site for searching for old,used and antiquarian books since it collates all the books for sale in such sites as Abe or amazon etc. under one roof. Thus millions of books for sale by thousands of bookdealers around the world can be found instantly.
The search facility allows one to search by author or title with advance searches for first editions, any language etc. The results of a search will yield a list of bookdealers around the world with that book for sale complete with postage costs to your country. It is quite simply the