Every time I order a book online, doesn't matter whether b&n, border's, amazon, alibris, abebooks, the postage is normally more than the book if it is an old book. But the old book is less than list price of new books, plus old books so often are better than new ones on the same subject, plus the time it would take to hunt around bookstores or garage sales is many times greater than the three or even twenty bucks in postage, which is really not a lot of money for what you are getting. Sometimes, if you find a good dealer and order more than one book at a time from it (amazon links to this) you can get reduced postage. But it's usually not worth it, or you buy something you haven't really vetted first. Time is money.
PS, I realize if you are trying to build up an Objectivist library of quite a few books, this way would run into lots of money if you don't buy in all at once 'batches', as I suggested above. (Or, if it's practical and you live in a city, start a club of the like-minded and buy for the club..or in a group and circulate the books?...Just a thought.)
PPS, This is certainly a problem worth solving as it impedes the worldwide spread of Rand's ideas to countries that would have people desperately hungry for the ideas, and not just the fiction.
(Edited by Philip Coates
on 9/30, 9:29am)