Best Online Destinations For Rare Book Buyers, Sellers, And Collectors

It’s hard to keep up with the factors that make a book valuable. It could be age, author, era, owner, or perhaps personal desire. One thing we can rely on, though, is that valuable books are often rare, and rare books are hard to find!

Whether you’re a buyer, seller, or collector, there are plenty of internet sites and applications to make the most time-consuming tasks convenient. Literature-lovers can use technology to locate, price check, buy, sell, and find detailed information about valuable literature. Collectors can even keep track of and organize the items in their collections!

Apps and sites for book-lovers have grown so fast it’s hard to weed out the ones worth your attention. So, here you’ll find the work done for you!

Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America (Free!)

If you have access to a computer, I suggest checking out the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America (ABAA) webpage at This site offers a plethora of information and an easy-to-use search engine. Serious collectors can even become members in order to buy and sell rare books with other literature enthusiasts along with many more advantages.

If you don’t have computer access, or if you’re on-the-go, the mobile app has made the process even more simple. Users have the ability to seek out dealers by location and search the database for more information on specific books. ABAA is the ultimate destination for readers and collectors.

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iReadItNow (Free!)

Needless to say, the rarity or value of a book is not what makes us truly fall in love. We love to read! This is a great app that allows users to keep track of the books they read. Not only can you keep track of the book information, you can include quotes you’d like to remember, the dates you started and finished, and your overall opinion of your reading. Eventually this will create an overview of your reading history. In the future, you’ll be thrilled you took the time to use this app.

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AbeBooks is another webpage similar to ABAA’s. It’s another area to search for, buy, and sell rare literature. You’ll even find reading suggestions and newsletters! In your search for a certain book, be sure to make AbeBooks one of your stops.

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Kindle for iPhone (Free!)

Okay, you surely love that book smell, flipping through paper pages, using a bookmark, and all the other things associated with reading. But it would be wise to let digital books take a small step into your world. Now Amazon offers a free Kindle download for your mobile device! You can now turn your smartphone into a digital book. This is incredibly helpful when there’s a rare, unattainable book you’re just dying to read.

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Many literature-lovers fear technology will be the demise of the classic books we all love. It’s wise to look beyond this, though, and embrace the conveniences these new devices have to offer. Perhaps, with the right users, technology can be used to keep books alive instead!

The author of this post, Jenny Wadlow, works at Brotherhood Books, a company that offers rare books for buyers, sellers and collectors. She has studied psychology and has a keen interest in studying criminal behavior. Follow her on Twitter @JennyWadlow.

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