Are International Edition Textbooks Legal?

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Are International Edition Textbooks Legal?


For years now, we have been hearing that question asked by concerned students, booksellers, publishers, and college professors.  The selling and buying of International Editions within the US has been considered a grey-market area for many years – while not specifically restricted by law, it is definitely frowned upon by the publishers themselves.

An International Edition textbook is a version of a textbook that has been published for intended distribution outside of the U.S., and they are much more cost-effective than the new U.S. editions.

On March 19, 2013, the recent Supreme Court decision of Kirtsaeng vs. John Wiley & Sons upheld the “First-sale” doctrine, which means that International Edition textbooks are allowed to be sold and purchased within the US.  It also upholds the right of anyone to sell or otherwise dispose of their purchased material however they choose, which means that college students are still able to resell their textbooks when the semester is over!

For more details about exactly what an International Edition is, and the potential differences between US and International Editions, check out this post:  What is an International Edition textbook?


Textbook Season is here!

It is time to buckle down and prepare for the next semester of college courses! Many of our booksellers specialize in selling used textbooks at significantly cheaper prices than new copies run in today’s market. Read more for some tips about buying used textbooks or click here to start saving on used textbooks now! Search by ISBN if your professor has provided them.  Searching for a college textbook by title and author alone can provide search results that include multiple … Continued

Simplifying price comparison on books

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Price comparison on books and textbooks can be a chore.

If you’re anything like me, you probably stock up your bedside table in bursts, ordering several used books at the same time.  Very likely, you also find yourself rifling through dozens of book searches and possible ordering combinations to arrive at the best bundle price including shipping and delivery.  And that can take some time – and fancy calculus.

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Enjoy summer's bounty with a little help from Biblio

Maybe it’s the slow economy. Or maybe it’s the celebration of locally grown food that you can find at your  neighborhood farmers’ market. But, canning and preserving fruits and vegetables is on the rise. If you do not have a green thumb, no worries. Farmers’ markets abound and with some help from Biblio’s shelves, you can enjoy the fruits of the season all year.

NPR interviewed Cathy Barrow on Wednesday, September 1st and provided inspiration for even the most skeptical soul.  Canning is not as hard as you think and just imagine opening up that jar of tomatoes on a snowy day in January, to be used in a recipe or for salsa–la dolce vita!

For further know-how, you must check out Cathy’s blog.  She consistently updates her site with new recipes and takes full advantage of in-season produce.  She also shares wonderful insights and can simplify recipes.  Reading her blog inspires you to try new things in the kitchen.  I am going to try the Lemon-Fig Confiture–it doesn’t look too difficult and it will be wonderful this Fall and Winter.

However, the other source of inspiration can be found at Biblio.  Biblio has over 60 titles that will be sure to assist you, maybe not quite as good as your personal sous-chef, but close enough.

Feel free to share your personal adventures as you pursue the art and science of canning and preserving.  Bon appetit!

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Its common knowledge that many online booksellers list their inventory across multiple venues: the same book, from the same seller, at the same price. So the question often becomes, for the buyer: “which site should I buy this book from?”

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