Where Do I Buy?
For CKLS member libraries the CKLS Technical Services Departmentwill order and process titles to make them shelf ready. Since we order in volume through a book jobber your library pays 60% of the list price for most books. Technical Services will also process items CKLS members purchase from other sources and have drop shipped to us. When ordering information please provide as much of the following information as possible.
- Date of publication
- Date of publication
- ISBN number
Standing orders for books
Ingram Standing Orders Program allows librarians to select standing orders by author for hardbacks, large print and abridged and unabridged audiobooks on cassette and CD; by author for inspirational fiction; board books, easy readers, graphic novels, television book clubs (e.g., Today Show, Ripa, Good Morning America) and videos.
Amazon.com offers new and used books. Many new books at 80% to 70%, and sometimes 60%, of the list price. Books dealers provide many "very good" and "good," condition used books at even greater savings. I have seen books by bestselling authors only 2 months old selling below 30% of list price. I have seen books for as low as a penny! No kidding. The record of each book provides very nice features for analyzing the book for selection, including customers' reviews and ratings and the ability to actually see the front and back cover, read the table of contents, full index of non-fiction books, and an excerpt. Amazon will accept purchasing with corporate accounts. See the corporate accounts page.
Powells.com also provides new and used books. Powell's record provides more reliable cataloging information than Amazon including Library of Congress subject headings. Powell provides more book reviews from respected selection sources than Amazon, but doesn't provide customers' reviews or ratings. Though Powells doesn't provide screen shots of the covers, table of contents, and index like Amazon, Powells does provide an excerpt and recommendations to similar boks. I recommend checking out the sale books. Powells will accept purchase orders for purchases over $25. (www.powells.com/home.html)
Barnesandnoble.com offers 40% of many bestsellers and up to 80% off warehouse sale items. Records of books include reviews, customer ratings and excerpts. Barnes and Noble offers Reader's Catalog groups into 3,000 catagories over 40,000 of the best books selected by the The New York Review of Books.
Edward R. Hamilton is a well-know supplier of remainders. Each record provides bibliographic information and a very short description of the contents. Items are found by clicking through a subject tree or by searching for author, title, Publisher, ISBN number or keyword of the description. (www.edwardrhamilton.com/)
BookCloseouts.com offers remainer books and audiobooks on a wide variety of topics at 50% to 90% off. Special Web pages identify top sellers and award winners.
AddAll.com aggregates the new and used books, magazines, music and videos sold by numerous book and music dealers around the country. The used book search screen offers author, title and keyword searching and sorting by author, title, and price.
Large print books
Amazon.com's Large-Print Books sells large print books.
Powells.com sells large print titles.
Random House Large Print sells large print titles. The site lists current and upcoming titles. My thanks to Jennifer Jones of Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library for mentioning this and the Harper Collins Web sites.
HarperCollins sells large print books.
Ulverscroft offers large print books.
Amazon.com sells subscriptions to 50,000 magazines. Magzines are grouped by category including children and teens. The record for each magazine contains the same kinds of information as for books including customer reviews of that magazine. (www.amazon.com/magazines//)
Audiocassettes, Videos, CDs, DVDS
Recorded Books offers standing order programs for audiobooks on cassette and CDs. Recorded Books provides core collection lists of historical fiction, inspiration, medical thrillers, war history, business, etc. They also provide lists of the top fifty list of most rented audiobooks, award winning audiobooks, bestsellers from the New York Times and the unabridged audiobook version of movies based on books.
Booksontape.com provide 4 different standing order plans for libraries.
Midwest Tapes for Librarians is a large supplier of new and used videos and DVDs for libraries. Titles are organized by children, nonfiction and theatrical. Each categoriy is broken down into numerous subcategories. Advanced search allows for searching by title or actor and narrow searching by category and format, i.e., videos, DVDs or all.
Comics, Graphic novels
Powells.com offers a large selection of graphic novels. Powells also has a sale section.
Ingram Standing Orders Program allows librarians to select standing orders using an online ordering tool for graphic novels.
Diamond Book offers 25% off retail price to libraries and offers lists of recommendations for libraries.
DC Comics is the well-known comics publisher of our childhood comics: Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, the Flash, Aquaman, Martian Manhunter, Green Arrow, the Atom, Hawkman & Hawkgirl, Plastic Man, Shazam!, Justice League of America, and Young Justice.
Marvel Comics is the other well-known publisher from our childhood. They are creators of Spider-Man, Captain America, Fantastic Four, The Incredible Hulk, and lately, X-Men and Generation X.
Dark Horse Comics is a relatively new, innovative publisher of comics for Star Wars, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Planet of the Apes, Astro Boy, Usagi Yojimbo, Spy Boy, Oh My Goddess, and Gunsmith Cats.
Viz Communications is one of the top translators and publishers of Japanese manga comics. Viz publishes Pokemon, Fushigi Yugi, DragonBallZ and Silent Mobius.
Tokyo Pop is imports Japanese manga comics. Tokyo Pop imports Sailor Moon, Harlem Beat, Peach Girl and Dragon Knights.