How to Buy Remainder Books

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How to Buy Remainder Books
Remaindered books can be lucrative in good and bad times. (books image by Victor M. from

Remaindered books, or bulk copies of books that haven't been sold or shredded, can be a good business in good and bad times. They can be used for entertainment, collections, libraries or even interior decorating. Even though the bookstore business has been falling on hard times for more than a decade as of 2011, the remaindered books business is doing relatively well. The fact that a publisher has stopped making copies of a book shouldn't always affect their entertainment or collection value.

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    Look for shows sales that specialise in remaindered books. Annual shows in Atlanta, Boston and Chicago specialise in remaindered books and draw thousands of people. If you can't make it to a book show, contact the organisers to see if any booksellers from your area are attending.

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    Look for stores that specialise in remaindered books, such as Book Warehouse or Books-A-Million. Larger chain stores, such as Borders or Barnes and Noble, also often have shelves or tables with deeply discounted remaindered books. Ask your local bookseller if they know about any nearby stores that offer remaindered books.

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    Browse the Web for online stores that specialise in remaindered books, such as Daedalus or Hamilton Books. Although you can sometimes find excellent deals online, be aware shipping costs are likely to be prohibitive if you're buying remaindered books in bulk.

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