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Finding Books:
New & Used

Remember the “good old days” when all the guidebooks to Mexico would fit in a single tortilla basket?

Book Sources

To locate a particular book on Mexico, consult Books in Print at your local library, ask a bookstore to do a computer search by title or author, or, if you have internet access, you can do the search yourself at one of the suggested websites below.

If you're a serious reader, request catalogs from regional and university presses in the American Southwest and California (ask your librarian for addresses). Most publications on Mexico are considered regional or special-interest and won't be distributed nationwide. Index of Periodicals is another excellent source of information on Mexico. This reference source lists virtually every magazine article ever written. Don’t overlook used bookstores; I recently found a dusty first edition (signed by the author) of a fine 1930s travel book on Mexico for $3.

Book Searches

Bibliofind, <>. Used book searches. “Five million old, used and rare books offered here for sale by 1750 booksellers around the world make this the largest and possibly the most interesting bookselling site on the Web.” This is the place to look for out-of-print books such as our 1981 People’s Guide To Camping, Backpacking & Boating In Mexico.

Book Exchange, Used & Rare, <>. Suggested by Jerry at Thaddeus Books as his first choice for finding used, rare and out-of-print books on the internet. There's also a list of used bookstores with links to browse each store’s inventory.

Books Con Salsa, etc., <>. Antiquarian, out-of-print and scarce books, ephemera and other items, with particular emphasis on Latin America.

Biblioteca digital (Digital Library), <>. UNAM’s extensive links to online books, magazines, museums, newspapers and more. Most are in Spanish.


Powell’s Travel Books, <>, Portland, OR, (800) 878-7323. A justifiably famous bookstore with an amazing selection of used, out-of-print and hard-to-find books on Mexico and virtually any other subject you can think of.

---" I think Powell's online is a great source for a vast selection of used books at very good prices...." (more) by P.G. Meier

If you’re overwhelmed by too many titles, I consider the folks at Wide World Books & Maps in Seattle to be the “guides” to the best guidebooks and travel literature. They also offer an online newsletter featuring thumbnail reviews and travel tidbits: <> email: (888) 534-3453, This was the first travel-only book & map store in the US. Phone orders and recommendations.

Our friends and fellow book fanatics at Cedar River Books (Gary and Shirley Chrisman) are now selling online: <>. They love books on Mexico, so check it out.

Book Passage! <>. “The Bay Area's Liveliest Bookstore” offers a lively web page with an excellent selection of travel books and maps.

Bon Voyage! Fresno, CA, (800) 995-9716. Books, maps and accessories such as PUR water filters, luggage tags and locks, travel packs and. . . biodegradable toilet seat covers?

Tolliver's Books, Los Angeles, CA, (213) 939-6054. New, used and out-of-print books on travel and natural history, archaeology, Mexican antiquities, Baja and the Sea of Cortez. Tell them your interest and they'll send you a specific catalog that will drive you wild with temptation.

KARN0: Art Books of Latin America, <>, Valley Center, CA, (800) 34-KARN0. . email: New, out-of-print and rare books, catalogs and monographs.

Map World: Maps, topos, books and globes.Email:; website:

•Central America Resource Center, PO Box 2327, Austin, TX 78768. Books on social and political activism, economics, refugees and peace programs in Mexico and Central America.

Flora & Fauna Books, <> Seattle, WA, (206) 623-4727. “Natural History Book & Print Specialists.” Looking for a cassette tape of Belizean bird songs or the book, A Naturalist’s Mexico? Ask for a book list.

Curious Cat Travel Books, <>, email: Imagine how dull cyberspace would be with just one gigantic Amazon-sized bookstore. Curious Cat has a good selection of travel books at 20-30 % off., <>. Millions of titles, so little time.... Their reader's reviews are also a good feature.

World Wide of Books and Maps: Vancouver, Canada. (604) 687-3320.

La Pared. If your passing through San Cristobal de las Cases, drop in here. They also have a selection of used books and will mail books. email:
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