on the Internet
(especially foreign language
I buy a lot of foreign-language,
out-of-print, and specialized scholarly books, and the internet has been
a real godsend to me. Awhile back I posted my own internet sources (and
solicited new sources)
here. This page is a summary of my results.
New suggestions are still
welcome, and I will update this page from time to time.
Rightly or wrongly, I still
think that shipping from Europe is slower and more expensive than it
Sources I've used, and recommend
I do my first search on
is good for books in English, French,
German, and Italian. Once Iíve pulled up a list on Bookfinder, I look for
ABE listings. ABE is a sort of consortium
of small booksellers, and I've never had bad luck with them.
Bookfinder has informed me that
they are working on Spanish. Wonderful! Apparently part of the problem is
that the Spanish market is terribly fragmented by nations. My guess is
that the globalist collapse of the Argentine economy was also a factor.
Elibron publishes cheap reprints of a very large selection of old
public-domain books in English, French, and other languages. They seem to
be moving toward e-books, but the hard-copy books I've bought from them
were very nicely done..
Labyrinth Sale annex has a great selection of remaindered
academic books, and they also send out a useful catalog.
Scholar's Bookshelf also publishes academic remainders, and publishes
Edward R Hamilton sells more random remainders with a hodgepodge
catalog, but they can be very cheap.
Harrassowitz has an enormous list of scholarly books in
several languages. Many specialized catalogs.
books and books about China I go to Phenix
/ Sinobiblia in France. They have a great selection and send out a
very helpful catalog, and customer service is great. (They also cover
Japan, Korea, Tibet, Central Asia, and SE Asia). Shipping is
expensive, but not too slow -- though they do seem to send it by a
very, very slow, still pretty expensive method unless you specifically ask them. East Wind Books
(no link, 1435 A Stockton, San Francisco) is also great, but they
arenít on the internet and are only so-so for mail order.
For French books I
go first to
Amazon Canada since shipping will be faster if they have it in stock.
I've also used Amazon France.
FNAC is has a good list of Portuguese books and my one experience with
them was good, but also slow -- I've just been told it's mostly a French
company and good for French
Lettres Gothiques (Livre de Poche) has cheap, well-done
popular editions of Old French literature, often with Modern French
Enterprises (13-17 Elizabeth St., NYC) has been recommended for Chinese
books, though theyíre not on the internet. UPDATE (Dec. 05): I've
shopped there and I can highly recommend the place.
I've bought from
They have a good list of titles, but their customer
service wasn't very good at all.
isn't really an internet source for me since I live in Portland, it deserves
Sources recommended by
Buscar libros Books in
Spanish. A few spot checks tells me that this site is a very good one.
Chinese books; accepts Paypal.
Chinese books from Taiwan.
Add all Portal.
Seek Books Australian Portal.
Fetch Book Portal.
of the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers.
ABE France French Books
ABE Germany German
Searches 800 independent booksellers
Frontlist Enormous selection of scholarly books, apparently all in
Schoenhof's Cambridge, MA: scholarly foreign language books.
Grant and Cutler
sells books from many
languages, though Iíve never used them and British shipping always seems
Paragon Asian art and culture. Han
Shan Hanshan Tang Books: Chinese, mostly art.
Zvab Hard-to-find antiquarian books. German site, but seems to cover
English and French.
German-book.com. German books. (English interface
-- not Safari-friendly.)
Chapitre French books.
Galaxidion: Hard-to-find antiquarian books in French.
French from Dennis Deschene (on the left side of page).
Lusobraz Portuguese language, including Brazil. US company, ships
Internet bookshop Italian books, interface in Italian. Will
libros Books in Spanish
Kamo Books Spanish books from the Americas; California location.
El Corte Ingles Spanish books (Spain).
Kniga Russian books.
Select Books Singapore. Good on SE Asia.
Ganesha Books Bali Indonesia, English interface.
South Asia Books Also from India. (There are many cheap Indian
reprints of books on Buddhism, Hinduism, and Orientalism.)
is a list of Chinese booksellers in the US.
FYI. These sources are worth a try, but
haven't been as thoroughly checked.
Mundi Books Books in many languages, but the selection looks thin.
Best web buys A search, like Bookfinder, but doesn't seem to list ABE.
Books Window Chinese Japanese
Joyo "Chinese Amazon".
Han Books Korean.
Arbed keltiek Breton.
Thornton's Books Dutch.
Livraria Cultura Brazilian Portugese.
Casa del libro Spanish.
Thornton's books Swedish.
Books-in-Greek Greek .
Hungarian bookstore Hungarian.
Raft Romanian. Librarie.net
Kamkin Russian (English interface).
A high proportion of the new links are from
Mary. Thanks also to
Angelo, Dennis Des
Chene and several other commenters who provided links. Thanks to
Mayerson, and Language Hat
for linking to my page.
I am emersonj at gmail dot com.
Original materials copyright John J