Discussion in 'WWII Books & Publications' started by belasar, Feb 4, 2013.
My damn fat fingers, OP
Usually I shop on Amazon. But there's also Barnes & Noble, once in a while. Plus there's a military book shop here in Tempe, AZ where I found Flying Cheetahs in Korea, which got me started on the South Africans at War series I've been reading. It's called Avalon War Books and Hobbies. If you're in the Phoenix area sometime, give them a look.
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2337 Centerline Industrial Dr.
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Good prices. Most books delivered in 7 days. Free shipping when buying over $10. Some books are used, some are ex library, some are new old stock.
the old sailor
Holy crap. That's about six miles from here. Must investigate!
Check Stackpole books www.stackpolebooks.com
You can find special WW2 books from there, my recommendations;
Bookcase for legendary war books
Specially books like:
The Eastern front, Leon Degrelle
Kurt "Panzer" Meyer, Waffen SS General
I love second-hand bookshops, sadly there are none locally to me the nearest is some 20 miles away, the two mentioned close to Foyles in London I have visited when over there and yes they are very good. ( Foyles would seem to be excellent for new books ).
Sources, Amazon(uk), eBay, ( always pays to double-check on both), Abebooks, Alibris, Waterstones ( love visiting the store on Princes Street when visiting my lass in Edinburgh, they seem to have cut down on HB books, there are a few good secondhand shops around the Grass market).
York Military books is a good online shop, there are some lovely shops in York.
Five years ago we were in Perth / Freemantle and I happened on a really great shop there bring back 4-5 great books - loved it.
We live in a very rural area so most books come by mail, " dung" as my good lady calls it.
Some more specialist firms like U-Boot im Focus are simply great folks to contact and to buy from Axel and Benedicte are first class, likewise "After the Battle" and the late Rodger Bender was always so very very good, Aberdeen books also great but the increased airmail prices from the US have all but made this impossible.
A fair few of these US published books were bought when it was feasible, today it is impossible, even within Europe some postal rates are very expensive.
We added these shelves 6 months ago.
Some forums also good places to pick up books again has to be weighted up regarding postage.
I've been to Powell's in Portland. It's a terrific store.
books and music.
my only art.
I have an indoor flea market in the nearby smaller town that has a vendor that keeps a good supply of older books.
I found this one two days ago and tearing into it now.
I get the bulk of my books from ThriftBooks.com. They have a great app. When you score enough purchase points you can get a free book. I have acquired many first editions through them - many for less than $5.
BTW, I found a Finnish printed hardbound copy of Memoirs of Marshal Zhukov at an animal shelter thriftstore for twenty-five cents. Don't forget to shop at the public library thriftshop.
Thrift shops, flea markets, library book sales, etc. are all good places to hunt, but are hit-or-miss...Then again, that is part of the fun. Sometimes I came away empty-handed, sometimes hit the motherlode(complete Time-Life WW2 series for $75, complete Time-Life Civil War Series for $40, WW2 book collection centered on submarine books - 60 books for $70). You never knew what you would find.
I visit my local library store regularly. I have scored so many incredible finds - many first editions - like "Up Front" by Bill Mauldin and "Blue Books" by Samuel Eliot Morrison. Many of the WWII-era first editions I have even have the original owner's name and rank and division or ship! It's great to be able to research the original owners. I just purchased Army-Navy Journal, Dec 7, 1941 - Dec 7, 1942 for ($6) at a thrift shop. It had the original owner on the cover - Lt. William F. Etchberger from 1012 Walnut Street, Lebanon, PA. I found that he died on March 24, 2001.
The library shop in Poughkeepsie, New York, sells paperbacks for $1 and hardcover for $2 with one free book for veterans.
I just got the entire series of "YANK - the Army Magazine" (1942-1945) in bound volumes for $200 at an estate sale. All in pristine condition.
Well, Qunto's has gone ( after 130 years trading in the Charing X Rd - COVID finished them off ) and Pordes has changed hands ; the new owners don't 'do' military history
Any Amount still just hanging in there by their fingernails......
So sad when a bookstore closes. I think it's mostly we older guys who enjoy physical books and wrestle with their storage. Being in the country, the interweb has been very good and useful in finding books. Recently I got one volume of the Selected Paper of Charles Wilson Peale (Revolutionary War era portrait painter and father of the painting dynasty) from Germany recently at a decent price.
Most of the younger crowd aren't into books and they stare into the glare of their phones for information. Me? I like books and have over 100 shelves filled with them.
I could not read a digital book. It must be a book.Guy Sajer book is great whether. Fiction or fact.
Concur with you Kai-Petri. Downloaded one book and promptly lost it on the computer. That was my only digital purchase. Give me physical or give me Deaf!