Millions of cheap used books are offered for sale online by bookstores and booksellers on the AbeBooks marketplace. Our prices start at just $1 plus shipping and there is a huge selection of cheap secondhand books — hardcover and softcover — just waiting for a new home. Our booksellers ship books all over the world and many copies are also offered with free shipping. The choice is massive — thousands of classic novels and bestsellers, biographies and memoirs, self-help, cookbooks, children's books, affordable textbooks for school, and out-of-print titles.
Condition is the all important factor. Please carefully read the bookseller descriptions. You will see many used copies described as "as new" — these are often remaindered books that failed to sell in a bookstore and have never been owned by a reader. If buying a hardcover book, check for the presence of a dust jacket.
Many ex-library books are listed for sale on AbeBooks. These are books that were once owned by, and circulated in, a public library. They can offer excellent value for money but may have been read many times. They usually display a stamp, a card pocket, or catalog number.
The definitions below are for reference only. Booksellers use these terms, as well as unique terms not included in this list, based on their own criteria. If you would like clarification on any term in a particular seller's description, please contact the bookseller directly for further information.
Visit our guide to book conditions to better understand the difference between fair, very good, fine and all the other descriptors in play to describe used books.
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