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If you have a favorite author, but don't have all of his or her books, and can't find them, there's hope! There are several ways to locate used, rare, and out of print books. The first and easiest way to do this, of course, is to look in the yellow pages for used book dealers. Occasionally, your local book stores can locate some of these books, but usually, going through these stores costs a lot of money. Your best bet is to start visiting those used book stores. They usually are cheaper than full price for the books you want.

Also, garage sales are a great place to find rare books. Some people just want to get rid of things, and don't take the time to find out if they are worth anything. You can pick up rare books for as little as a quarter, at a garage sale. Estate sales can work this way, as well. The important thing is to keep searching.

If this doesn't work, or if you have found only a few by looking through the used book store, and you have a computer, there are several ways to make use of the internet and track down what you want to buy. The first way is to try ewanted.com. It's a free on-line service. You register and fill out exactly what you are looking for (for example, let's say you are a Dean Koontz fan, and are looking for books that he published back in the 1960's and 1970's). They list this on their site. If someone else on the site has what you want, you are matched up and you can negotiate a price and decide whether or not to accept or reject offers. This service is wonderful. Postings stay up to 3 months and can then be re-posted if desired.

Another site that can help you find books is www.half.com. This site costs nothing to join and sells movies, books, and games. Simply sign up, and go to the search index and type in what you are looking for. If there are matches, it gives you the match and the price for the match. Simple!

There is also www.webswap.com. This site is also free to join. You simply put up what you have(if you are trying to sell something) and what you want (example-Dean Koontz books). They contact you if anyone is interested in your wants or your haves. As with the other sites, you are under NO obligation to buy something that is offered to you.

Perhaps the best site for locating those rare books is www.ebay.com. This is a free site to join. You can search for literally tens of thousands of topics on Ebay. If you find something that you are interested in, you simply put in a proxy bid. The items all have a starting bid. A proxy bid is simply you bidding how much you are willing to bid to acquire this object. An example would be: opening bid of $1.99. You bid on the item and you are willing to pay up to $10 for the item. That doesn't mean you HAVE to pay $10. $10 is the highest bid that you are willing to go. You can still possibly get the item for $1.99. It all depends on how many decide to bid on the object and how high they are willing to go. With Ebay, though, you should know that when you bid on something, you better be prepared to pay for it. Your bid is a legally binding contract. Once you make that bid, unless someone outbids you, you will be responsible for purchasing that object from the seller.

It is possible to find what you are looking for. It's out there. SOMEONE has it, and odds are, someone is willing to sell it. It can be as easy or as hard as you want it to be, searching for your rare and out of print books. Happy searching!