Quick Tip for Finding Books

Amazon, Abe Books, Albris are the three main sites that I use.  Amazon is usually the cheaper one, but not always.

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Roses & Thorns: Beauty and the Beast Retold is a book that my wife wanted for either her birthday or some holiday.  The initial search took me to the first image.  For now, I will not shell out 235.91 or 85.21 (maybe later in life) for one book.

I then decided to try Abe Books, and Albris, but no luck.  Abe Books was the same price, and Albris (they did not have it).

I went back to Amazon, and clicked the Author’s name.  That is where I stumbled upon the second image.  Yes, the images show the same cost, but I did not have an idea for a segment of my blog until after the fact.  There was one copy, used, for 18.00 (3.99 Shipping), so the overall price 21.99.

Remember to click all links such as the author because something that is hidden can be found. (This could be a form of Browsing and Berry-picking (a research method, more on that to come.))

 

 

Do you have the movie Three Lovers the director’s first name is James?

  •     Do you have the movie three lovers (I think that might be the title, or is it three loves)? I know the director’s first name, but that is about it.
  •     I want to clarify; I am not insulting or making fun of the patron for this question.  I found the process very enjoyable and had great delight in searching for the answer.
  •     I would also point out, if I watched the movie that the patron was looking for, or a fan of the director than I might have been able to answer the question right away.
  •     Typing in three lovers does not get the results that I want in either the library’s results, but also IMDB.

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Then I asked if he knew and actress or actor that stared in the movie.  The patron said he could not remember a name, but could visualize an actress with blonde hair.  The patron then said she recently or at one, point stared with Michael Douglas.  I typed Michael Douglas into IMDBs searching mechanism, and that was an easy set of information to find.  While browsing the list of movies Michael Douglas appeared, I read the patron the titles, until he heard the title,  A Perfect Murder, and that was staring Gwyenth Paltrow, which led to Two Lovers.

Our copy was missing, but we could just request the DVD from another library within the branch system.