Where to buy books?

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  1. VirginiaHuguenot

    VirginiaHuguenot Puritanboard Librarian

  2. Ivan

    Ivan Pastor

    I use CBD.COM and Amazon. I've gotten some amazing deals using the used book section of Amazon, at least 66% most of the time and I've never had a problem.

    Lots of good advice here.

    Never buy retail!!!
  3. VirginiaHuguenot

    VirginiaHuguenot Puritanboard Librarian

  4. Scott

    Scott Puritan Board Graduate

    Don't buy books. Get them from interlibrary loan from your public library. It is free and you can get any book you want that has been out more than a year. And books don't start consuming all your storage space and then some (a big problem for bibliophiles like myself). I find I rarely go back to most books. The ones worth going back to often are worth buying.

    The process is incredibly easy. Many libraries, even the small one near me, accept ILL requests over the internet, fax, phone, etc.

    If you have to buy a book, ALWAYS check www.half.com.

    [Edited on 1-18-2006 by Scott]
  5. VirginiaHuguenot

    VirginiaHuguenot Puritanboard Librarian

  6. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Puritan Board Doctor

    I've most recently used the old reliable, CVBBS. I think Mt. Olive Tape Library's book sale is also still ongoing. I haven't checked lately, but there are likely still several good buys there.
  7. rmwilliamsjr

    rmwilliamsjr Puritan Board Freshman

    i'd be curious about following up on book price search engines.
    i see best book buys above and i use http://www.bookhq.com/in/myhq
    i suspect that someone might have written a search engine where you can add your own favorite bookstores. for instance, go through this thread and pull out all the bookstores and add to this custom book search engine.

    does anyone know if such an engine is out there? i'd suspect something in perl would be doable. most stores search by isbn.
  8. Puritanhead

    Puritanhead Puritan Board Professor

    Where to Get Free Review Books

    I know the good places to buy books... But if any of you are fairly good writers, you might consider writing book reviews. Amazon.com is a venue. I've been doing it on and off since 2000, and I am a Amazon.com book reviewer.

    More to the point, I request books from publishers and get complimentary review copies from time to time. If you visit many publisher web sites, and look at contacts, you might notice a publicist list in e-mail contacts or a fax number. Some only have fax numbers, because they figure serious requests would take time to fax. But, there is an online fax machine to send your letters in such cases that works fine for me... TPC Fax Remote Printing WWW Interface. They are the ones to request review copies from. You might want to be careful how you phrase your succinct request, and show them that they get some tangible benefit for giving you a free book.

    Though, I never guarantee 5-star reviews. One author told me he got a radio interview as a result of a review, so I wouldn't exactly think they are wasting their money with promotions. I can provide a list of publishers you might consider and a sample letter of request.

    I imagine my success rate on requests is buoyed because I am up in the Amazon rankings and I can boast of what I've done thus far online or in a magazine, but it cannot hurt to try. When I first tried I so much presumed that my first round of requests would only have a 20-25% success rate, and I was overwhelmed by the responses that came in-- closer to 90%, so I learned to lessen the request volume. You have to get a start somewhere. Many publishers are quite generous, and frankly set aside a number of review books.

    Sometimes, I post the reviews on Amazon.com and occassion this past year I've gotten into magazine publication and online venues. Two book reviews have gone up recently on the popular Internet e-zine LewRockwell.com and I have an up coming magazine review in summer 2006. I plan on doing more magazine freelancing as well.

    If I go back to law school, I hope to make law review. So my freelancing for magazines doesn't hurt.

    [Edited on 2-1-2006 by Puritanhead]

    [Edited on 2-1-2006 by Puritanhead]
  9. default3

    default3 Inactive User


    In case no one has mentioned it yet, Bookfinder.com is a great resource.

  10. VirginiaHuguenot

    VirginiaHuguenot Puritanboard Librarian

    Here is a better link for Peter Reynolds: http://www.peterreynoldsbooks.com/
  11. VirginiaHuguenot

    VirginiaHuguenot Puritanboard Librarian

  12. BaptistCanuk

    BaptistCanuk Puritan Board Sophomore

    You can order all kinds of stuff from http://www.mountzion.org/

    I think there are limitless orders too....all free stuff...however they do like if you give an offering or donation.
  13. VirginiaHuguenot

    VirginiaHuguenot Puritanboard Librarian

  14. VirginiaHuguenot

    VirginiaHuguenot Puritanboard Librarian

  15. py3ak

    py3ak They're stalling and plotting against me Staff Member

    Sola Scriptura publishing has this:

    Does anyone know how this compares with the recently republished version?
  16. Dave L

    Dave L Puritan Board Freshman

    Lots of good sites for books have been mentioned, but as the owner of a Christian Bookshop in the UK, can I make a suggestion?

    After checking all the info and reviews on the internet, go to your LOCAL Christian Bookstore, and ask them to order what you want, if they don't have it in stock.

    This is what the Banner of Truth Trust ask customers to do, as there are many shops in the UK that don't stock their books, simply because they don't think their customers want them.

    The more good books you order from your local store, the more likely they will be to stock them - and you have helped to increase the availability of good books to your local area.

    Try it and see - you may be pleasantly surprised at the results.
  17. dust_and_ashes

    dust_and_ashes Inactive User

    allow me to suggest http://www.pilgrimdiscount.com ... it's a local store here in portland (they ship books too) that has an excellent selection of used books... the only christian bookstore in portland that i'm aware of that has a THEOLOGY section (with tons of reformed resources) and an OLD PATHS section featuring the puritans, augustine, calvin, luther, machen, spurgeon, ryle, etc... i seriously spend so much money there and i still can't afford to get everything i want... alas, they do indeed peddle religious knick-knacks and christian trinkets (yuck), but i guess they have to make some money somehow...

    [Edited on 6-16-2006 by dust_and_ashes]
  18. VirginiaHuguenot

    VirginiaHuguenot Puritanboard Librarian


    Gowan Books

    [Edited on 8-26-2006 by VirginiaHuguenot]
  19. ANT

    ANT Puritan Board Junior

    I have chosen some more books out of my library and will be posting some of them in the "Let's Do Business" section in a little while. Just wanted to give everyone a heads up! There will be some really good deals!
  20. MrMerlin777

    MrMerlin777 Puritan Board Post-Graduate

    Evangelical Bible Bookstore San Diego CA.

    Here is the website of a little bible bookstore in San Diego CA that I've done business with for years. They are not the typical "fluffy" bookstore that you find nowadays. I know the owner John Cully. He is a member of Bayview OPC in Chula Vista CA or at least was when I knew him. Their selection is unrivaled as far as I'm concerned. And their prices are fair.

    If you are looking for somthing in particular that they don't have listed online you only need email them and if they don't have it, they can usually get it.
    Check em out.
  21. jaybird0827

    jaybird0827 PuritanBoard Honor Roll

    I remember that place. You should have seen it when it was back on 82nd Avenue. It started out with all good stuff. Bad stuff started trickling in. After they moved over near the Phil Am Center they began looking more like Christian Supply.
  22. py3ak

    py3ak They're stalling and plotting against me Staff Member

    Here is a good site I just found:


    They have some very interesting stuff it's hard to imagine you would find anywhere else. Good for browsing.
  23. Civbert

    Civbert Puritan Board Junior

    Addall is a really good used book search engine. It will find most of what is out there from many sources.

    And of course if you want to read Gordon Clark, then The Trinity Foundation will have what you are looking for. Most Clark books are also available through Amazon.
  24. PresReformed

    PresReformed Puritan Board Freshman

    :up: Addall is my favorite used book search engine, and The Trinity Foundation is full of goodies. :clark:
  25. Average Joey

    Average Joey Puritan Board Junior

  26. Ravens

    Ravens Puritan Board Sophomore

    From shortly after my conversion, when I was somewhat snared in Pentecostal teaching:

    The Dake Bible
    The Collected Works of Smith Wigglesworth
    And a couple Rick Joyner books, can't even remember their titles.

    Also, due to an undergrad research project I did for my bachelor's:

    Most Moved Mover
    The Grace of God, The Will of Man
    The Openness of God

  27. VirginiaHuguenot

    VirginiaHuguenot Puritanboard Librarian

  28. VirginiaHuguenot

    VirginiaHuguenot Puritanboard Librarian

  29. 3John2

    3John2 Puritan Board Freshman

    JDWiseman I STILL use a Dake Bible as my MAIN study bible. I have had it since mid 90's so I'm just so used to it & it has so many markings on it. It's the one that I know where everything what side of the page, etc. Kind of funny now that I'm Reformed & I really don't agree with almost anything from Dakes "thelogy". I do like the concordance & some of the Greek/Hebrew notes etc. Also excellent on cross references. My pastor is cool with that though.
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