We’ve gathered together booksellers, publishers, and other services for book collectors of all stripes. Please get in touch if you’d like to suggest a resource for this list.
Booksellers – Beat, small press & poetry
- The Beat Writers at Amazon
- BeatBooks – Beat Generation & counterculture books in the UK.
- BeatBookShop – Beat books & more in Boulder, Co. since 1990.
- Skyline Books (California) – Modern lit, Beats, art & photography.
- Jeff Maser – The Beats, poetry, and a whole lot more.
- Words Are Important – Beat Gen books (& articles).
- Moe’s Books – Deep selection of new, used & collectible books; lots of Beat & poetry books.
- Ken Lopez Books – Modern 1st editions, many Beat books.
- John K. King Books – Collectible books.
find booksellers & sales:
- Book Sale Finder – Search for sales, or subscribe to notifications about book sales in your area.
- Used Books Directory – Categorized directory of used-book stores online.
- Used Books 101 – Searchable directory of online, brick & mortar shops & services.
Beat & Small Press Publishers:
- City Lights Books – Beat Central! Publisher & bookseller, since 1953, in San Francisco’s North Beach.
- Beat Scene – Beat mag edited by Kevin Ring; also publishes Beat-related chapbooks.
- Cherry Valley Editions – Publishing world-renowned writers & poets since 1974.
- Water Row Books – MA Beat Generation & counterculture book dealer & publisher.
- Verdant Press – Letterpress Printing
- Sunny Outside – An Independent Press
Resources for Beat Book Collectors
Custom Book Search
Fullerton’s Book Search Services will track down that book you’ve been looking for. Just give them your wish list, and they’ll let you know when they find it, with no obligation to buy.
Book Listing Services – Search for & Buy Books Online
These sites each list books by multiple booksellers.
There are many more too – check out our list of 25 book listing sites!
Books for Book Collectors
This book lists the “points of issue,” the fine details (a typo, binding color, dustjacket detail) that may distinguish the first books printed in a first edition from later ones. Not every book has “points of issue,” but for many literary works which do, these differences can make a vast difference in value.
This classic of book collecting has has been helping book lovers and collectors for decades and is now in its 8th edition.
Fabulous. About 12 years ago, as I began a bookselling business, I bought the first edition of this book and I’ve often referred to it since. Ellis has an engaging writing style, and provides an invaluable perspective on book buying and an understanding of the bookselling trade. Updated twice since, this is the 3rd edition.
There’s lots of good information here about identifying first editions, advice on avoiding rookie mistake, where to find collectible books, how to be a book scout, and lots more.