Where do used bookstores get their books from?

So you’re in your favorite used bookstore in Denver and you see some really nice books in a glass case. Where did they come from is a common question that will be asked. Though there are a number of ways these books are collected by used book dealers, I thought I would share one of the ways they used to be bought.

A trade publication called AB Bookman’s weekly was a magazine that a used and rare book dealer could list in. Generally they would have two listings. One for books they were looking to buy and the other for books they wanted to sell.

There was an editor’s corner where an article on the book trade or a short interview or comments from a famous author was shared.

Another feature was a list of upcoming antiquarian book fairs and such.

Starting in 1949 this was the premier magazine for book people.

Sadly their last publication was in 1999 as the internet quickly replaced the print version.

A bid to try a digital version was tried for a short while but quickly disappeared.


Abacus Used Books Denver


We buy books.

Looking to sell your book collection?

We are an online used bookstore located in Denver Colorado serving institutions and individuals. we buy books in Ft. Collins, Boulder, Longmont and of course the Denver metro area.

If you’re looking to sell your books, an estate or institutional collection or have any questions please call the phone number you will find at the bottom of this page or email us at info@abacususedbooks.com

We travel anywhere in Colorado and other states and will pay top dollar for your books. Don’t hesitate to call us with any questions.

Abacus Books is not your typical used bookstore, because we come to you.

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