Here is a completely revised and expanded edition of Eaglen’s classic manual. Advice and guidance are provided for today’s trickiest acquisitions problems, including the ins-andouts of vendor selection and ordering in the electronic age, choosing and using electronic bibliographic tools and automated acquisition systems, when to utilize online bookstores,and new trends, including outsourcing, that can affect library acquisitions. Buying Books is recognized as the librarian’s ultimate guide to book buying. Sections include an overview of the book publishing industry from colonial times to the present, different types of book publishers, how a book is created (from contract signing to bound book), how books are distributed, how to negotiate prices and returns policies, avenues for book purchasing, how to set up and monitor orders, and a look at the future of book acquisitions for libraries. Every librarian involved in buying books will want to keep this up-to date guide close by.