Search For and Buy Used Books Online at Abebooks
Abebooks and Buying Used Books
As Abebooks itself says, Abebooks is the world's largest online marketplace for books. Whether it's new, used, rare, or out-of-print, you can find it here, through our community of over 13,500 independent booksellers from around the globe.
Abebooks is a single-access storefront through which those 13,500-plus used-book dealers--many true mom 'n' pop operations--can make their entire stock available anywhere in the world. Practically every used-book shop that does sell on the internet belongs to Abebooks: if you use a used-book meta-search engine (an engine that searches the results of other search engines) to look for used books, you will only rarely find anything that is not listed on Abebooks, wherever else it may also be listed.
Using the Abebooks Search Box below is so simple and intuitive that almost no instructions are needed; just note that leaving a price box--minimum or maximum--blank simply means that price end will be ignored. The one "specialty"option, Boolean searching (the use of "logical operators" to fine-tune searches)--which is optional--is explained in a long note below the Search Box. Enjoy your used-book hunt!
"Boolean" searches (named after logician George Boole) let you use use the words and, or, and not--called "logical operators"--plus quotation marks and parentheses to construct more-exact queries. You can turn Boolean searching on or off using the radio buttons next to the phrase search with Boolean searching in the Search Box above (it defaults to being off). If it is off, those words have no "magic" meaning, whereas if it is on they act to combine search terms in special ways.
Note 1: When Boolean Searching is on, the tilde symbol ~ can be used in place of the word not.
Note 2: You don't have to upper-case the Boolean terms--in the examples below, we just do it for emphasis.
The "precedence" of Boolean operators signifies which ones will be applied before the others. If you make wise use of quotation marks and parentheses, you shouldn't have to worry much about "precedence", but here is the information anyway.
The Boolean operator "NOT" is given the highest precedence, followed by "AND", and then "OR".
Parentheses can be used to force the order of processing. For example:
Keyword search: (Bloomsbury OR Scholastic) AND Harry Potter
By surrounding the OR words with parentheses, you force the search engine to process the two related terms (the pair in the parentheses) first. Only after that will the search engine combine that first result with the last part of the search. Using this method, the related OR terms are kept together as a logical unit.
Invalid Boolean Searches:
The following Boolean searches are invalid and would not be completed because the search expression is incomplete:
Keyword search: Cat NOT
Author search: Stephen OR NOT King
Title search: NOT the shining
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