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1Hermgirl Primeira Mensagem
Nov 5, 2006, 11:41 pm

Hi everyone, I saw a couple of similar groups, but none that seemed to deal with everything I've outlined, so I created the group.

Nov 6, 2006, 4:49 pm

Hi, my name is Kim and I'm addicted to books and hence book sales.

Nov 7, 2006, 12:58 pm

Hi, I'm Frank, and I'm addicted to book collecting, especially anything to do with spirituality/religion/esoterica.

Nov 7, 2006, 3:30 pm

Hi, I'm Cyndi and I'm just addicted. :P

Nov 9, 2006, 7:55 pm

Hello all!

I am Chris and I'm a confessed book addict.

I live within a block of a Goodwill so I'm there every other day or so.

I used to shop Salvation Army as well, but they recently raised their book prices and I'm not too thrilled about it.

6Sisifus Primeira Mensagem
Nov 17, 2006, 12:49 pm

Hi, I´m Lionel, and like you, I love old books.

Nov 17, 2006, 1:23 pm

I live in the Friends of the Library used book store.

Just kidding, I merely visit it too much! :-)

Dez 10, 2006, 1:49 am

Because of local geography I'm usually stuck with online which means ABE or ebay but I've promised myself never to buy anything list price again.:)

Fev 11, 2007, 3:22 am

Just joining LibraryThing today...

Really, folks, "addict" is too strong a word. For this thing we share, this bookwormish tendency to pick up books within our interest ranges wherever we go, whatever we're doing, no matter the time of day or night (be it the theatre lobby, the furniture store, the library booksale, the used book store or the odd book auction) -- how about just flat-out "obsession"?

I may be book-obsessive...but I'm no addict. If I were an addict, I'd be out right now looking for 24-hour establishments to slake my thirst, rather than typing in this forum.

Nope. Just obsessed.

Now, what shall I read myself to sleep with??? Yesterday's WSJ, a recent Forbes, that recent book I picked up on "Prehistoric Man"...or a selection from Gutenberg.org?


Fev 23, 2007, 8:40 am

OK incunabulum, just obsessed then.
My name is Paola, and I just found out about this group. I like them all....Goodwill stores, Friends of the Library stores and sales, used bookstores...I found out that I enjoy myself much more in a place like this than in a B&N or Borders, for example. Who knows, perhaps it is the thrill of the hunt for unexpected treasures?

Fev 23, 2007, 8:54 am

jmnlman (or anyone with an answer)--being in South America, I'm limited to the Internet and travelers. Is ABE better than half.com? What's the best total price (after shipping, etc?)

Fev 23, 2007, 9:40 am

skf, ABE is generally more expensive than half.com, but on ABE (lilke, for example, on alibris.com) you will find what you are looking for 99,9% of times. Not so on half.com
I myself use ebay and half quite a lot, pluse other websites.

13Halieus Primeira Mensagem
Mar 1, 2007, 1:37 am

Hi, another new-to-LT person here. I'm not an addict, I'm just a read-aholic. I have as much trouble passing a book sale as I do money laying on the ground.

Mar 1, 2007, 9:54 am


Good one! :D Welcome to the group.

Editado: Mar 16, 2007, 11:33 pm

I am whatever you want to call it - an addict- a book lover,
a read-a -holic, a bargain hunter or all of the above. I lived in nyc when there were many more used book stores than there are now, and I found many treasures. i haunted the Strand downtown on my lunch hour every day, so you can imagine how many wonders i found. The 12th street store had review copies, art books, cookbooks, foreign language books, poetry books, and new and old fiction including lots of Heritage Club editions my late husband collected.
My greatest finds were a complete set of the fiction of Maria Edgeworth, and a beautiful two volume large size copy of Gil Blas by Le Sage and translated by Tobias Smollett.

Mar 17, 2007, 11:01 pm

#15, almigwin, I know it is not a nice thing but....I AM ENVIOUS!!!!!!!!!


Mar 21, 2007, 2:47 pm

Hello, everyone! I'm not new to LT, but am new to this group. I loooove second-hand books. Especially those with inscriptions in them from previous owners. I just like knowing that my book was read and loved by someone else a long time ago.

I go to a car boot sale every Sunday with friends and can usually pick up a few books there. Sometimes a stall will have a 3-for-£1 offer, which is lovely! But my favourite place to buy books is Hay-on-Wye. When I die, that's where my ashes will be scattered. It's a bibliophiles's heaven ... and I'm going on Saturday! Wheeeee!

Mar 22, 2007, 12:47 pm

...and I am envious of you too, miss_read!
The thought of Hay-on-Wye makes my mouth water....how lucky you Brits are!
Right now, all I can do is hope I will be able to take a trip there, before I get too old......:-((

Mar 22, 2007, 6:54 pm

So, I had to look up Hay-on-Wye in my 1979 Esso road atlas
(which is basically a wish book for me), and I see it's on the Welsh border. SIGH. Wales, and books, too? aluvalibri, when you organize the weekend trip, I'm with you...

Mar 22, 2007, 6:57 pm

Count me in... even if it's 10 years from now. Wait, I mean especially if it's 10 years from now. :o)

Mar 22, 2007, 7:46 pm

My passport is good for only another 9-1/2 years. Can you make it sooner?

Mar 26, 2007, 4:16 am

I think it would be wonderful if we had an LT convention in Hay! Would that give you foreign passport holders an excuse to come over? :)

My weekend in Hay was phenomenal, by the way. One shop (can't remember which one at the moment) was selling all paperbacks for £1 each in order to make room for stock they'd just received from a big purchase. My arms were killing me after wandering around town all day, with increasingly heavy carrier bags. Good thing my devoted bf was there to help cart things to the car every hour or so!

Mar 26, 2007, 12:06 pm

rub it in, miss_read, rub it in......
And yes, I think it would be a great idea to organize a "book trip" to Hay. We should seriously think about it.
I am not joking!!!!

Mar 26, 2007, 1:04 pm

We should try and see how many LT-ers would be interested ... but I'm not even sure about how to being doing that. I think we should avoid Festival time as it's far too crowded and all accommodation will be pricey (if not already booked up). But autumn in Hay can be lovely ... so perhaps a September or October "book trip"? Aluvalibri, if you're really serious about organising something, let me know. I'm happy to help out however I can from this end

Mar 26, 2007, 1:11 pm

miss_read, it would be the perfect season! Let's see how many of our fellow LThingers show interest and then we can talk about it.


Mar 26, 2007, 4:49 pm

Just thought I'd mention this:

I recently read a book called Bookstore Tourism, which was written by a member of LT -- Larry Portzline. It realy is a well-written book, all of just over 100 pages. It doesn't at all address traveling overseas, though; and that sort of makes sense. Am I going to spend, say $1000, to go to a really special place to buy books?

True, the memory of it would be priceless, but on the practical level, I'm budgeting so I can attend the wedding of a niece in NYC in September. Going to England/Wales might be something I could swing maybe 4 or 5 years from now.

Now, if we had a contact over there, say miss_read (for example) who could look into accommodations and work out other details (maybe a bus to get us from the airport to Hay, by golly, I'll give her my credit card number NOW!

Okay, I've gotten a bit off-track. I was going to suggest that maybe one of us could contact Larry and see if he has already got some info regarding overseas bookstore tourism.

Mar 29, 2007, 11:11 am

Thanks for volunteering me, WholeHouseLibrary! ;)

Actually, I'd be happy to do any travel/accommodation organisation from this end. But I think we're getting a bit ahead of ourselves.

Does anyone have any pointers about finding out how many (and who) would be interesting in making a trip like this?

Mar 29, 2007, 11:31 am

We are working on it, miss_read. Hopefully, it will become real....sigh sigh sigh....

Ago 3, 2007, 3:08 pm

Hullo booksale-obsessed people! I am joining your ranks if I may: wisewoman here, haunter of library booksales and thrift stores, at your service :-P

An overseas trip to buy books?! Dreams really do come true...

Ago 3, 2007, 11:05 pm

*smiles* Yay! I definitely belong here.

I'm Heather, and I'm addicted to books and booksales and libraries and pretty much anything having to do with books... including LibraryThing, of course. And okay, maybe not "addicted" to books, more like a read-aholic or whatever, but I'm very addicted to LibraryThing.

I don't have a steady income or anything, so I can't buy books as often as I'd like, but I'm at the library a lot and there are two really good used bookstores not far from my house, which I go to whenever I can.


Ago 25, 2007, 3:51 pm

Hi, I'm Mary and I recently moved to a loft in downtown Los Angeles, a 5-minute walk from the large Central Library (oh, and a 5 min. walk to work too, but that's not important). I am absolutely loving it here!

Anyway, I'm trying to locate some used bookstores within a 10 drive, but that's not as easy as it once was, I think. Used to be, there were used bookstores all over the place in L.A., esp. the SF Valley, but now ~ phtt! They seem to have mostly gone the way of phone booths and savings-and-loans, at least here in So. Cal.

BTW, a trip to Hay-on-Wye to visit used book stores sounds just perfect to me! Not this year, unfortunately, as I've already had my big vacation, but autumn 2008?

Set 3, 2007, 11:51 am

I've probably passed up a Picasso or something as valuable when perusing yard sales, thrift shops, etc... I head straight for the books, and never even look to see whether it has any value besides my interest in capturing it for my library. My TBR list is growing, even as my eyes blur from reading and my ears clog from listening to books. Still, I hear the siren's call of a book sale, and there I am again. Addicted? Obsessed? Whatever! It's cheaper cocaine.

Set 21, 2007, 12:29 am

Hi there, I have just joined this group and feel right at home already. I have about 10 opportunity shops (op shops) within about 5 mins drive and have to stop myself from going to at least one every day. I always tell myself that I will not buy books because they look interesting, I will only buy known authors or books I want to read and own, but somehow, I keep finding new known authors!

Set 21, 2007, 9:39 am

I am a book junkie 85% of my books are from thrift shops book fairs...nice friends..flea markets ect... I buy 2 or 3 new books a month..If i like an author..Ill collect until I own them all rarely am I disapointed...My living room..looks more like a library each day..I also enjoy buying books for my kids..IMO books are the best gifts ..everyday is Christmas!!!

Nov 14, 2007, 1:33 am

Hullo. Joined the group a few minutes ago. tracked it from a user who founded the Outlander (Diana Gabaldon) group here. come to think of it, my bookshelf consists almost entirely of second-hand (or third. or twelfth) paperbacks or Hardcovers that I bought new at BN seconds after they were released. Went to a garage sale this weekend, meant to just pick up the two paper backs I recognised. left with thirteen more, most of them by an author I hadn't heard of, and I spent maybe seven dollars.

Fev 17, 2013, 2:43 pm

Hi, I'm Tom, and I'm a usedbookaholic. (Used Books Anonymous group members: "Hi, Tom.") I've been going to used book stores for over 40 years; like most of you, I have a hard time passing a used book store, used book stall, even a shelf of old books used as shelf decoration in a furniture store, without trying to check it out. Evelyn Leeper's online used book store list is a Bible I take with me whenever I travel. Alas, during those many years, I've watched many favorite stores close for various reasons; I spend much time researching used book stores in my region, trying to keep my own list up to date and adding many to Leeper's list.

Fev 17, 2013, 2:59 pm

Hey, Tom ~ How nice to meet you! And how nice that you found this old thread and reactivated it!

I now live in Pasadena, where there are a couple of used book stores which I haven't gotten to yet. However, there is a wonderful used book store in downtown L.A. on Main Street between 4th and 5th called The Last Bookstore. It opened a few years ago, just before I moved. (Isn't that always the way.)

I plan to move to Denver in a few months. Does anyone know of any good bookstores in that area?

Fev 17, 2013, 4:03 pm

A thought for the philosophically inclined. Think of all the great stuff we've all harvested for little or nothing, many times -- at-least in my case -- from dumpsters and street-side trash-piles. Now take a look at the various Writers' groups on LT, and see how many otherwise intelligent people seem mystified that they can't make their particular masterpiece knock every else's out of the running. Being both a collector AND a writer helps to preserve a little balance. Actually, while I'd much rather sell a copy or two on this side of the grave, I am nonetheless charmed at the thought of somebody yet-unborn find something of mine years from now and saying, "Madre de Dios! What is THIS?! How did it get here?"

Fev 17, 2013, 4:19 pm

As someone who writes and hopes to be published someday, I understand what you are saying. I personally wouldn't mind making some $$ off my writing, but it's not the main reason I write. I write in the hopes that someday people will read my stuff.

For those writers who dislike readers getting used and free books, I say that, just because I frequent used book stores, it doesn't mean I don't also buy books new. I also use the library. What's a voracious reader to do? Sometimes the book I want is unaffordable new; sometimes it's out of print; sometimes I want so many that I could have to forego eating that month if I were to buy them all new.