Here’s a rundown of 30 book marketplaces, worldwide.
First up, some great indie ones, then onto the big guys.
Independent bookselling marketplaces
There are lots of good bookselling sites out there, aside
from the big ones we all have heard of (see farther down
the page for those). These sites usually feature
experienced, knowledgeable booksellers and have a strong
emphasis on quality.
Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America was
founded in 1949 with a mission to promote interest in rare
books, along with professionalism & ethical standards
in the book trade. ABAA lists books from its member
booksellers on its website.
2. A Book Search
Book Search says they feature “old, rare, and out of
print books. We are committed to providing a clean, fast,
accurate and direct interface between the customer and the
bookseller.” Small, but good quality. Based in California,
with mostly US & UK booksellers.
slogan is “fine books, fair prices.” They hold booksellers
to a high standard and won’t accept hyperbole, inaccurate
book descriptions, or shoddy business practices. Based in
the Netherlands with over 8 million books and hundreds of
offers antiquarian books. Their site is available in
German or English, and booksellers are based in Europe and
was founded in 2003 and is independently owned. This
company is dedicated giving customers and booksellers
alike excellent service, and to charitable works.
Over 5,600 booksellers sell on Biblio, so there’s a
very large selection of books – over 100 million! It’s
the best of both worlds – indie, and big. (There’s also
a UK site, Biblo.co.uk.)
Check it out here.
6. Bibliophile Bookbase
is based in Switzerland with a few hundred booksellers
located around the globe, but mostly in the UK, US,
Ireland, South Africa and Australia. The website has been
online since 1999 and is available in English, French,
German and Italian.
Unfortunately, now defunct.
8. Book Lovers
Lovers is based in the UK and operated by a
bookseller, who personally approves new book dealers to
ensure quality. Currently includes over 50 (mostly UK)
booksellers offering about 350,000 collectible books.
9. Books at PBFA
at PBFA lists books offered by members of The
Provincial Booksellers Fairs Association. Booksellers
adhere to a code of conduct and are mostly UK-based, with
a handful from other countries.
is a German book marketplace, with listings from many
German antiquarian booksellers. Their site is available in
either the German or English language.
International League of Antiquarian Booksellers‘s
slogan is “the world’s best books, the world’s best
booksellers.” Their site lists books sold by almost 1,800
ILAB member booksellers, who must meet a high standard to
Independent Online Booksellers Association is a
trade organization founded in 1999, for reputable
booksellers who sell online. The site lists books from a
portion of IOBA’s 300-plus members.
13. Livre Rare Book
Rare Book searches 497 bookshops with over 3.4
million books. This French site is also available in
English, Spanish, Portuguese, and Russian.
is based in Italy, and lists over 8 million books and
ephemera for sale. Its sellers are located worldwide, and
the website is available in Italian, French, Spanish, and
English. Shipping within 2 days is guaranteed.
is US-based and includes about 300 booksellers.
16. Tom Folio
is a co-op, founded in 1999, whose members must adhere to
a code of ethics. They offer books from about 120
reputable independent booksellers from the United States
and a handful of other countries, along with a small
selection of antiques and collectibles.
is a Spanish site but is available in seven languages,
including English. It offers nearly 4 million books from
300 bookshops, most of them Spanish.
Formerly called World Book Market, Bookzangle
describes itself as “an international group of booksellers
who believe that quality of books and quality of service
far outweigh quantity of listings.” Established in 2004,
they have high standards for their sellers, who number a
few dozen. Booksellers are based in the UK, USA, Canada,
New Zealand, and Australia. They offer bookselling
software and many other services to their members.
The big guys:
These are the huge bookselling marketplaces, each
of them listing the inventories of many thousands of
booksellers. If you want the biggest possible assortment
of books to search though, this is where you want to go.
These sites the booksellers aren’t as closely vetted as
on the smaller bookselling marketplaces, so you wind up
with many very knowledgeable, reputable booksellers, along
with a few newbies who don’t really know about books. Read
AbeBooks was established way
back in 1996, making it one of the first sites of its
type, and it is one of the biggest. Amazon now owns ABE,
but it’s still run as a standalone operation with offices
in Canada. Thousands of booksellers worldwide list their
books on ABE.
You can search AbeBooks using the form below or by
started out as a seller of new books, it’s now becoming
quite popular with booksellers who list used,
out-of-print, and collectible books there. (Do read
descriptions carefully, and email the seller with any
questions, as anyone with an Amazon account can list
There are Amazons in several other countries, too: Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.es, Amazon.it, Amazon.de.
Alibris has been online since
1998 and offers many millions of books offered by
thousands of booksellers. It is the largest
independently-owned book marketplace and they are involved
in several social responsibility campaigns. Offers DVDs,
too. There’s also a UK site.
Meta search sites
Want to search a bunch of these marketplaces at once?
There are sites which will let you do just that.
searches 9 of the sites listed above; available in 13
languages. Very nice.
Libri searches 18 different websites which include
the inventory of 20,000 booksellers worldwide. You can
register your wants and they will notify you when the
books are available.
is independently owned and searches a few of the sites
listed above, along with textbook sites and behemoths
such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Walmart
- Used Book
Search searches books on the major bookselling
sites, and has a nice feature where you can just see
books located in particular countries.
is another independently owned site which searches over
100 bookstores including the biggies and some indies.
Two search forms: one for used, and another for new
searches a number of bookselling sites. It shows
pictures of book covers and has a really nifty
is owned by AbeBooks (which is owned by Amazon),
Bookfinder searches those sites as well as other major
bookselling marketplaces and websites, including many of
those listed above.
We’ve also put together a list of individual booksellers
you’ll want to know about. It’s sort of Beat / small
press-centric, but also has some dealers who have a large
range of book offerings.
Excellent list of book sources put together by Denise
Enck of the Empty
Check it out here.