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Unearth Rare & Out-of-Print Collectibles

Alibris is one of the premier rare and collectible book sites online. We have thousands of rare, out-of-print, first edition, antique and signed books brought to you by our network of trusted sellers from all around the world. Use the search box above to find fond treasures from your childhood or that one book that has escaped your collection thus far. We specialize in making it easier for you to get the books you need.


You can find out if a book is rare or out-of-print by looking inside it if you own the original copy. You'll be able to see if there's anything unique (e.g., author signatures or limited edition artwork) and the original print date of the book. This can also help you determine whether it's the first edition.

However, you can also search for this information online by looking up the ISBN and title. Not sure what you're looking for? Browsing through the Rare, Collectible, and Out-of-Print Books category on Alibris is also an option.

There are several ways to find vintage and rare books for adventurous readers, including:

  • Antiquarian book stores
  • Book-collecting communities online
  • Vintage markets
  • Thrift stores
  • In-person and online auctions
  • Estate sales
  • Book fairs

The methods above may require you to comb through stacks of books, travel long distances, or negotiate pricing. However, finding rare books for sale doesn't have to be this challenging.

With Alibris, you can browse a wide selection of rare, collectible, out-of-print, and antique books from trusted sellers. Whether you're looking for a first edition of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland or The Catcher in the Rye, or a signed copy of Fahrenheit 451, there's an array of books to choose from.

In most cases, old books will continue to increase in value as time passes. However, the age of a book doesn't necessarily mean a book is valuable. How much it appreciates over time depends on the book and other factors, such as:

  • Edition
  • Author
  • Publishing year
  • Popularity
  • Condition
  • Scarcity
  • Signage

If you have a few used collectible books, use Alibris to sell them quickly and securely. To start selling on Alibris, you'll need an email address, your credit or debit card information, and your books.

New collecting and wondering where to start? Many rare books are worth the money, including:

  • Catch-22
  • The Great Gatsby
  • Wise Blood
  • The Phantom in The Toll Booth
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

Or, if you have a first-edition book in your collection, you may want to consider selling them.

Keep in mind that a collectible book may be rare and worth the investment to one person but not the next. Some people may be willing to spend more money on a book that holds sentimental value.

Alibris is the premier media marketplace for buying and selling vintage and rare books.