This article is from the Recommended Fantasy Authors FAQ, by Amy Sheldon email@example.com with numerous contributions by others.
Many of the books listed are currently in print, or were popular
enough that you should be able to track them down in a
used-bookstore or at the library. I have attempted to note those
that will be particularly difficult to find. This is written
from a United States viewpoint - those of you in Canada, Europe,
Australia, and elsewhere may need to put forth quite a bit more
The easiest place to start looking if you can't tear yourself
from your computer to go to your local bookstore is amazon.com.
They have a huge selection of books (just about everything in
print, so far as I can tell), are incredibly easy to use, offer
discount prices, and reasonable shipping rates. And, yes, they
do ship everywhere in the world. You can find them at
Other well-regarded on-line bookstores include Book Stacks (a
personal favorite, since their physical location is my home
and Future Fantasy at
Future Fantasy has the tremendous advantage of being a science
fiction and fantasy specialty store, so if you have an obscure
request they are a lot more likely to be able to help you.
All three of the the above are U.S. based. For those in Britain,
has been mentioned to me several times. Another is the Internet
Book Shop, located at
If anyone is willing to recommend some European and/or Asian
bookstores with a web presence, I'll be happy to list them.
Finding books that are out of print will take a little more
effort. For those of you in Britain, Dave recommends Fantastic
Literature. They only deal in mail order, and have a large
selection of out-of-print sf, fantasy and horror. Contact them
at: Fantastic Literature, 33 The Ramparts, Rayleigh, Essex, SS6
Two of the best places to look for used books on the Web are
Interloc and A.B.E. Try them at