Best choices: Powells and ABE Books
technical bookstore in Portland is my favorite bookstore, but you can easily spend a rainy afternoon in the main store also. Look here first for textbooks, too - they do stock textbooks and they're usually less expensive than your campus bookstore. Doublecheck the edition you need. (Forbes Magazine says this is their favorite online bookstore; but I knew about it first!)
has both new and used books and their search engine is better than Powell's or Amazon's. Inventory varies.
I used to recommend in this section, although prices of the individual booksellers are not consistent. Read before clicking. **** Big reservervation in recommending Alibris: I bought 128 books from Alibris without incident. Alibris guarantees items are as described but on item 129, the item was not "bright and beautiful" as described, Alibris refused to refund after authorizing the return so I was out the book AND had the subsequent hassle disputing via the credit card company. Contacting them via the web interface and their phone number at 501-500-0856 both elicted no response. Considering the risk, I only shop here when I am desperate and absolutely must have something.
Biggest Selection (but see reservations above):
Trustworthy, fair prices:
Worth looking, but usually no deals here:
-- prices vary so look at the condition, and shipping charges for similarly priced books.
New books: Cheapest and Fastest
most consistently has the best prices and fastest delivery on the widest selection of new books, although you can sometimes find better deals on ABE or Ebay if you take the time to look.
Special Orders and Surprising Stuff
Special orders are real slow and more expensive at Amazon - use Powells. I buy my videos and DVDs and a host of other "Subscribe and Save" things I can get cheaper in bulk at Amazon. They carry some foreign films with English subtitles but see the section for a usually better source. Also a nice selection of jazz and classical music.
Caution:: Please do comparison check if you are buying a hard-to-find book. Some sellers will grossly inflate the price of a book, sometimes by several hundred dollars, hoping to ride on the Amazon name. Don't get caught in this.
Absolutely Cheapest Technical Books
You can be pretty sure will have the book you want and you might get it used, so check there first. If you know the exact nerd book you want, you can
find it cheapest at Bookpool. Sometimes, they don't have it or are backordered. In
that case, go to Powells or Alibris.
has a complete foreign section; try the if you know the specific item you're looking for. If you only have a general idea, try the Advanced Search at . For books and films in French, and especially film quebecois, try . If you aren't sure what you want, a real person will answer your email. Has Region 1 French films cheaply and available.
Multimedia : Ebooks, CDs, DVDs, Audiobooks
Either or are choices for audiobooks. Amazon is a good bet for domestic CDs and DVDs. is good for foreign DVDs (Region 1 encoding). A nichey but quality selection is also available at .
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