How to Find That Book You've Spent Years Looking For

Between libraries, the web, and rare book stores, near-forgotten books are easier than ever to find.


| November-December 2003


Searching for a book you remember reading as a child, college student, or happy dropout, but haven't seen anywhere since? On the Web, there are now numerous ways to expand your hunt beyond Amazon. Abebooks is a consortium that connects you to thousands of used-book stores around the world. Another search site is the Berkeley-based Bookfinder.com. You can also search a growing number of individual stores online, including the Portland-based Powells and Bolerium Books in San Francisco, which specializes in rare books on labor issues and radical history.


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Meanwhile, your local library can be a great help, too, thanks to a practice called interlibrary loan. Libraries across the country will lend you books and other materials, creating a vast collection that's easy for you to access. Here's how: If you don't find what you're looking for in your library's catalog, ask a librarian to locate it elsewhere in the huge national loan network. Tell the pros as much about the book as you can. Title and author are most important, but publisher and publication date (or even a good guess at it) can be helpful too. They'll do the rest.

Jo
5/25/2018 4:33:23 PM

Book where there were 3 or 2 volumes. In first kids were fighting the witch (there were 2 or 3 characters who were underage). In second we learn that main characters released the magic and now all children in the world can use it (but not adults). Magic is not splitted equally and raraly some kids have no magic and some are very powerful. I remember a very small kid creating blue butterflies (he has seen them in a book). In the last volume there are witches who live far away (maybe on a different planet?), they have classes (some live underground and are almoust blind) and they want to come to Earth and fight the kids. Both sides try to fly to one another and kill everybody but they do not fight at the end.


Jo
5/25/2018 4:33:18 PM

Book where there were 3 or 2 volumes. In first kids were fighting the witch (there were 2 or 3 characters who were underage). In second we learn that main characters released the magic and now all children in the world can use it (but not adults). Magic is not splitted equally and raraly some kids have no magic and some are very powerful. I remember a very small kid creating blue butterflies (he has seen them in a book). In the last volume there are witches who live far away (maybe on a different planet?), they have classes (some live underground and are almoust blind) and they want to come to Earth and fight the kids. Both sides try to fly to one another and kill everybody but they do not fight at the end.


Jo
5/25/2018 4:33:16 PM

Book where there were 3 or 2 volumes. In first kids were fighting the witch (there were 2 or 3 characters who were underage). In second we learn that main characters released the magic and now all children in the world can use it (but not adults). Magic is not splitted equally and raraly some kids have no magic and some are very powerful. I remember a very small kid creating blue butterflies (he has seen them in a book). In the last volume there are witches who live far away (maybe on a different planet?), they have classes (some live underground and are almoust blind) and they want to come to Earth and fight the kids. Both sides try to fly to one another and kill everybody but they do not fight at the end.