The One-Stop Rare Book Search Engine

by Stephen J. Gertz - 08 Nov 2007

If you use Google to search for rare book titles or depend upon ABE to satisfy your rare book needs and have experienced frustration, or if you need help identifying or appraising the value of a book you own, there is an online source that is invaluable.

Some of you may already be aware of it but for those who are not, hot-click onto Addall.com. If a copy of a book is being offered anywhere by anyone in the world (with the exception of Ebay, which, as I have written previously, is where the clueless offer to those who don’t know any better), it will show up on Addall.

Addall is a meta-search engine that searches all the other rare book search and buy engines, a total of twenty-four, including all of Amazon’s and ABE’s incarnations, as well as Biblio, Bibliophile, ILAB, Bibliopoly, Strand, Choosebooks, Powell’s, Tomfolio, Livre-Rare-Book, Half.com, etc.

For many years, Addall was a trade secret; we used it to discover how many copies of a book were being offered worldwide and what the market was for a particular book and prices asked. As a pricing tool, it is the source.

Not too many years ago, a colleague overheard me tell a phone caller inquiring about a particular book that they should log on to Addall. He just about blew a gasket for blowing what he considered a service proprietary to the trade.

I’d heard a spot for Addall on NPR radio that morning on the way to work. The cat was out of the bag, so trying to maintain secrecy about Addall seemed silly.

Now you, the collector, dealer new to the trade, or veteran and unaware, can reap the benefits of what Addall has to offer.

Check Addall out. I believe you’ll find it a valuable tool.

Let me know what you think.

  1. Comment by john mcconahey

    Addall best source I’ve found. Thanks for the recommendation.

  2. Comment by steve

    Glad to help out, John.

  3. Comment by Danny Maestri

    I have a book that I am not sure but I think is an original Banditti Of The Plains or The Cattleman’s invasion of Wyoming. I think it is an actual 1894 book by A. S. Mercer but sure of how to really be positive. I know the 1923 edition is worth around $500.00, if this one is an original I am wanting to know what the value might be. Thank you for your time.

  4. Comment by admin

    Danny: Go to Addall, as I suggest above.

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