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AbeBooks, a subsidiary of Amazon, bases its online book business on third-party sellers. This means that when you buy books from this company, you are supporting independent booksellers.

It offers a great selection of books, including used and new titles, rare books and textbooks. While it only sells books, most customers looking for online bookstores aren't looking for CDs or DVDs, just books.

The homepage allows users to search by title, author, keyword or ISBN, and there are additional search features that allow you to search by publisher, maximum price, binding and publishing date. Browsing is easy and includes subcategories to let you narrow your results further.

When you select a book, the product page lists user reviews (if applicable), professional reviews, a synopsis and images of the book. However, because these books are sold by different sellers, some books may have more information than others.

Shipping costs vary by book and order. Some booksellers offer free shipping, depending on the destination. And with many of these free shipping options, you do not have to meet a minimum order requirement. Furthermore, on many product pages, you can see how much shipping will cost.

If you wish to return the book back for any reason, there is a 30-day window provided by this online bookstore.

With this company, you will want to pay particular attention to the payment options. Each bookseller may accept different payment methods. Most product pages provide the payment options the particular bookseller accepts.

If you need help or guidance, there is a help guide located on the website. You can also contact customer service representatives via email. AbeBooks also is on several social media channels, including Twitter, Facebook, and you can post a message on there as well.

AbeBooks offers a large inventory of books, from new releases and bestsellers to rare books and textbooks. The website's search feature allows you to search this retailer's inventory to find the exact book you're looking for. AbeBooks offers several ways to reach customer support. Because it is comprised of third-party sellers, though, the payment options of each bookseller varies, which means some may accept limited forms of payment.