A lot of the books I review, cite as references, and suggest as things to read are in your local indie bookstore, or even a local chain, but a lot of them aren’t. I’ve included ISBN numbers wherever I can to make it easy to order books, but some of the more scholarly books are going to be difficult to find except at a more specialized store. Celtic studies books from Ireland and Wales are typically not available from ordinary bookstores, but they are available from Books for Scholars or your local independent book store if you special order them. There’s a nifty list of Independent book stores here.
Online Book Stores
Barnes and Noble Online
Barnes and Noble is a reasonable place to check for books and CDs that are from U.S. publishers that are fairly well known, rather than a university press or a non-U.S. or scholarly publisher. They’re more than happy to special order a book for you at any of their stores, and the online inventory is quite large. They tend to offer books at a discount, and often have free shipping.
I’m an affiliate with Powell‘s City of Books in Portland, Oregon. This is a bookstore that is worth making a trip to Portland to visit. They also have a very large online inventory. If you order a something from Powell’s via a link on this site, I receive a small percentage of the price of the item. I have a Powell’s custom Celtic Studies Resource store here.
Book Depository (now owned by Amazon) is an interesting online book store that ships internationally at no charge. Because they have both a U.S. and a U.K. business, they’re often a good source for books from the U. K. and Ireland. The shipping is rather remarkable; it’s not nearly as slow as you might think, and you can pay for expedited service.
Amazon is doing better about stocking specialist books. I’m an Amazon affiliate, and get a small percentage of the price of anything purchased via one of my links.
Oxbow Books is a British bookseller specializing in classical and medieval scholarly texts in language, literature, history, archaeology and the arts. They have an American partner, David Brown Books, who publishes a price list in U. S. dollars and sell the books in North America. The web site is as full of information as the catalogs; I often find out about new publications here before I see a review in an academic journal.
Three Geese in Flight Books
Three Geese in Flight Books has been selling antiquarian, used, and out-of-print Celtic and Arthurian studies books since 1976. They stock titles on the folklore, mythology and history of Celtic Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Cornwall, and Brittany, and specialize in the history, literature, fiction, and scholarly study of the Arthurian legend.They also feature Norse, Anglo-Saxon and Medieval studies books, and Tolkien and Inklings related books. They ahve an actual shop Somerville, Massachusetts, an easy trip from the Cambridge/Harvard area.
Alibris is a site that sells mostly used books via a number of book resellers. It’s a good source for out of print and specialty books, including books about things Celtic. Although I am an affiliate, I don’t link to individual books because the stock changes all the time. But there’s a nice shiny ad with a link on this page, and if you use my link to go there and buy a book, I’ll get a percentage. Assuming of course, that the ad works . . .