Updated June 19, 2020
As many seasoned book collectors know, used, rare, and out-of-print books can move fast on the internet, especially the desirable or scarce books.
When you search for a book on Biblio and find that we don’t have any copies available at the moment, don’t give up hope! That elusive, rare book may be a lot closer to your fingertips (and bookshelves) than you think. All you have to do is add it to a Want List!
Biblio booksellers add millions of books to our site every week, and we are importing and adding them to our sites 24/7. That means that the scarce title you were looking for could be available in a matter of minutes! You’ll have to act fast if you want to purchase your holy grail of a book because there could be many others looking for that title as well.
So, what’s a poor soul to do? Keep Biblio open on their computer screen and refresh their search all day long?
Well, you could…but we think we have a better way. When you search for a book on Biblio, you can add it to a want list and we will e-mail you as soon as it is available.
How to add a book to your Want List from a book search
When you search for a book and don’t find any results (here’s an example of a dead-end search*), here’s what to do:
Make sure you spelled everything properly and that there aren’t any typos in your search. Nobody thinks they ever make typos (including us), but we all do.
If everything is spelled correctly, look for the link that reads, “Add to Want List” and click on it.
When you click “Add to Want List”, one of two things will happen: If you’re logged in, we’ll automatically add this book search to your want list and take you to that page to add more details and search requirements. You can limit results based on the title, author, keyword, and even price range.
If you are not logged in, you’ll be asked to log in or to create a free account. This is needed so we can set up your want list. Once you’ve registered an account, we’ll add your search to your list.
How to add a book to your Want List from your account page
If you have a Biblio account, log in and visit your account page. Click on “Wantlist / Saved searches” to see your want lists. If you don’t have any set up yet, look at the sidebar on the left side of the screen for options to add a want.
That’s pretty much it. We’ll send you a daily e-mail if we find the books you’re looking for. If you prefer to receive these notifications less often, you can change it to weekly or monthly emails by visiting your wants list and updating your preferences for that search. If you do decide you no longer wish to receive these notifications, you can always remove them from your saved search list.
* The first search I tried surprisingly turned up results: goldfish training. Well, we like to say we have a book for every interest, no matter how… er, hopeful.