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Acquiring Art & Photography Books on the Web


Art Booksellers

Italian Booksellers

Book Search Engines

Spanish Booksellers

U.S. Booksellers

Latin America, Caribbean

British Booksellers

Asia/Southeast Asia/Central Asia

French Booksellers

Russia/Ukraine

German Booksellers

Photography Booksellers

Currency Converter + Tips


Art Booksellers

Book dealers specializing in art-related current, out-of-print and rare books, museum catalogs, exhibition catalogs, catalogue raisonnés, ephemera, prints. 

Ars Libri Ltd. (out-of-print books; rare books)  
Rare and out-of-print books on art, covering all periods and fields of art history, including architecture, archaeology, photography, and the decorative arts. Visa/Mastercard.

Michael Shamansky, Bookseller Inc. (current books, exhibition catalogues)  
Comprehensive source of exhibition catalogues and art books from or about Italy. A good source for Spanish exhibition catalogues. Visa/Mastercard.

Worldwide Books (current books; exhibition catalogues)
Worldwide specializes in exhibition catalogues covering art, architecture and photography; includes catalogues published independently by museums and galleries as well as those co-published with trade and university presses. Although publications from North America and Europe figure most prominently, catalogues from other areas of the world are represented. Visa/Mastercard.

Ursus Books and Prints (current books; out-of-print books, exhibition catalogues; prints)  
Comprehensive selection of both current and out-of-print books including catalogues raisonnés, artist monographs, and important museum exhibition catalogues (U.S. and foreign). The print department specializes in 16th to 19th century English and European decorative works on paper. Visa/Mastercard.

Arcana: Books on the Arts (out-of-print books; rare books)  
Rare and out of print books on 20th century art, architecture, design and photography. Visa/Mastercard/Discover.

Book Search Engines

Search multiple book vendors through a single interface.

Abebooks.com (out-of-print books; rare books)  
Locate used, rare, and out-of-print books worldwide. Over 9,000 independent dealers included. Visa/Mastercard.

Biblio.com (out-of-print books; rare books)
Representing over 5000 booksellers worldwide, providing access to over 45 million books.  Visa/Mastercard/American Express/Discover.

Bookfinder (out-of-print books; rare books)
An online comparison shopping service for selected worldwide booksellers offering current and used/rare books. Check the box "Special: Classic search display" for complete and easy-to-read results.  Visa/Mastercard.

Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America (out-of-print books; rare books)  
Established since 1949. Visa/Mastercard.

AntiQbook (out-of-print books; rare books)  
Represents over 400 booksellers worldwide. Most vendors accept Visa/Mastercard.

ILAB-LILA (out-of-print books; rare books)
The International League of Antiquarian Booksellers represents nearly 2,000 booksellers worldwide. Visa/Mastercard.

ZVAB.com (used; out-of-print; rare books)
More than 23 million antiquarian books from over 4,100 book sellers, worldwide. Strong emphasis on German language titles. German & English interfaces. Most vendors accept Visa/Mastercard. 

U.S. Booksellers

Amazon.com (current books; out-of-print books)
Visa/Mastercard.

Barnes & Noble (current books)
Visa/Mastercard.

Half.com (current books; out-of-print books)
Owned by Ebay; substantial discounts. Visa/Mastercard.

British Booksellers

Amazon.co.uk (current books)
British version of U.S. Amazon.com. Visa/Mastercard.

Blackwell (current books)
Long established book seller. Browse by subject.
Visa/Mastercard.

French Booksellers

FNAC (current books) 
Similar to Amazon. French interface only. Visa/Mastercard.

Amazon.fr  (current books; out-of-print books)
Amazon France. French interface only.  Visa/Mastercard.

German Booksellers

Amazon.de (current books; out-of-print books)
German language version of Amazon.com. German interface only.
Visa/Mastercard.

bol.de (current books)
German counterpart to Amazon. German interface only. Visa/Mastercard.

ZVAB.com (used; out-of-print; rare books)
With a strong emphasis on German and English language texts, consists of more than 23 million antiquarian books from over 4,100 book sellers, worldwide. German & English interfaces. Most vendors accept Visa/Mastercard/PayPal, etc. 

Italian Booksellers

Amazon.it  
Same in format to Amazon.comVisa/Mastercard, etc.

Internet Bookshop Italia (ibs.it)
Claiming to be the largest Italian online bookshop, with access to 250,000 books, the content is similar in format and content to that of Amazon.com.  Italian interface only.  Visa/Mastercard. 

Spanish Booksellers

Amazon.es (current books)
Similar in format and content to Amazon.com. Visa/Mastercard, etc..

FNAC (Spain) (current books)
Similar in format and content to Amazon.com. Visa/Mastercard, etc.

Libro Antiguo (out-of-print; rare books)
Spanish interface only. Visa/Mastercard.

Latin America, Caribbean

Howard Karno Books, Inc. (current, out-of-print, rare, documents, original materials)
Strong in art and architecture. Also covers Spain and Portugal. Visa/Mastercard/Discover Card/American Express

Libros Latinos (current, out-of-print, rare)
Strong in art and architecture. Also covers Spain and Portugal. Visa/Mastercard

Asia/Southeast Asia/Central Asia

Paragon Book Gallery (current; out-of-print; rare)
Covers all of Asia a broad range of subjects.  Visa/Mastercard.

MIPP International (current books)
Covers China, Mongolia, Central Asia, etc.  Visa/Mastercard/Eurocard.

D. K. Agencies (current books/journals/multi-media)  
Covers a wide range of subjects and over 80 countries. Primarily English language titles from India. Visa/Mastercard. 

K. K. Agencies (current books)
English language titles published in India on all subjects, including serious and scholarly works. Visa/Mastercard. 

Russia/Ukraine

Eastview (current books)
Covers Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and the other Newly Independent States of the former Soviet Union. All major credit cards.

Esterum (current books)
Offers current books, dictionaries, encyclopedias, periodicals, & video. Visa/MasterCard/American Express/Diner's Club.

MIPP International (current books)
Covers Russia, Ukraine.  Visa/Mastercard/Eurocard.

Photography Booksellers

Andrew Cahan Bookseller, Ltd. (out-of-print; rare)
Photography, photographic literature, art, general antiquarian . Visa/MasterCard/Discover.

Photo-eye (current books, out-of-print, rare)
Signed books, limited editions, foreign titles, small press titles, video. Visa/MasterCard/American Express/Discover.


CURRENCY CONVERTER +TIPS

  • Carefully read description of book's physical, publication, and price details to be sure you're getting what you want
  • Verify with vendor that a book is in stock before placing an order 
  • Choose reliable vendors when providing credit card information; clear your brower's cache each time you make a credit card transaction
  • When searching for a book, perform both a title, series title and author/editor search. Searching under author and/or editor may very well lead you to the desired book not initially found under a title search
  • Try multiple searches to be sure you're getting the best deal

  • Use the search within text function (Ctrl + F) of your browser to navigate through voluminous citations.

  • Omitting/adding accents, especially when using a search engine such as Google.com, can mean the difference between success and failure in your search; search with/without accents for greatest results.  Note:  Many German sites are case-sensitive


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