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Not a portrait of me. But seriously! What a weird coincidence, eh?!

OK, I need suggestions.

What places for good books (not talking about the kind you find in chain stores) do we know about that sell books online using Paypal.

Paypal is the only means I have of paying for anything on the innernet.

I’m trying to do more serious writing, and need to start collecting books for reference because I don’t have the innernet at home, and need often to look things up. I’ve found that if the innernet is on, I can’t write a thing. It’s only when I’ve been off for at least a day that the brain starts working again. All the stuff I’ve been doing for the site, as well as yesterday’s essay on neo-Catholics was at home, with the links and things put in later when I went down the hill to connect to the ‘net.

I’ve been thinking for a while that I would be a heck of a lot more productive if I could get the things I want to write about on the shelves instead of on the screen.

So, where do we buy our books online? Amazon is out. They don’t take Paypal. Repeat: I’m not Amazon-capable. (For some reason, you have to tell these things to innernet people several times. Like, “No, I don’t have a credit card. I’ve never had one and won’t ever get one.” … It’s so unusual that it seems to take several tries for it to sink in, I guess. )

I know about Loome and Abe.

What else is there?


34 thoughts on “Books”

  1. Elizabeth says:

    What sort of books are you looking for? This family business sells Catholic books, and others

  2. AlisonB says:

    Get a Paypal debit card. This can be added, just like any credit or debit card, to your Amazon account. You need to have a “Business” rather than “Personal” PP account. There really isn’t any difference in structure since PP policies changed over the past 15 years (originally, you needed to have the former to accept credit card payments). The card is tied to your PP balance and you can get cash from the ATM or pay directly with your card. You can still withdraw PP funds to your regular bank account, as well. And assuming this works in Italy, you can use it at point-of-sale machines, select “credit” (not debit) and get 1% of the amount credited back to your PP account.

  3. Kate says: This is John Vennari’s Catholic Family News bookstore. He takes paypal. This site does payapal too. This has free pdfs of Catholic things especially encyclicals. this site takes paypal

    Hope this helps some. And yes I think the painting is a striking likeness!

  4. J says:

    If you know who publishes a book, you might be able to use PayPal on the publisher’s website sometimes?

  5. Fuquaysteve says:

    Speaking of books…reading ‘The God of the Gulag’…and I am struck by the faith and courage of so many martyrs under the cruelty of Stalin…if Pope Francis was Pope then, he would have jumped on the Communist bandwagon and abandoned the faithful. In post WWII, America and the west abandoned the people of faith in the Baltics and other east European countries. Now it is evident to me at least, that these countries, particularly Hungary and Poland are bastions of faith and reason and the ‘enlightened’ west wants to impose eu immigration standards on them….this is so ****ed. Oh never mind…

  6. Hilary White says:

    Janet, they all belong to someone else now. Several different people, in fact.

  7. Janet Wilkie says:

    If the thousand or so books you left behind in Canada are still there, perhaps you could ask us for donations to get them mailed to you. I would be happy to contribute for packing and postage.

  8. Tom Miller says:

    Tell me what you want and I will buy it for you

  9. rkat says:

    ebay has books

  10. Hilary White says:

    No idea. but it is one of those weird historical quirks. It looks exactly like me. V. weird.

  11. Rouxfus says:

    Baronius Press accepts Paypal:

  12. Scott Woltze says:

    Powell’s is based here in Portland, OR, and has always been obnoxiously left wing. The irony is that they pay out a dollar for the used book they will then sell for $20. Paper capitalists, those lefties! The owner/founder, Michael Powell, is a wealthy queer who supports all the wrong causes. I don’t give them a dime of my business anymore.

  13. Elizabeth H says:

    Should have also mentioned that Traditional Catholic Publishing will take checks (but not PayPal).

  14. Elizabeth H says:

    Bookfinder is an excellent resource for older titles and original translations. It will give you a listing of all the sellers, prices and shipping costs of the books you are looking to purchase and links to at least a few that take paypal – Abe and Alibris. Tragically, many convents and seminaries have either closed or have rid themselves of the wonderful spiritual classics that fed souls for centuries and they are being sold to private buyers. I am also trying to build an old-fashioned Catholic library to pass on to my children. Good luck – there’s really nothing so exciting as having a new book in hand!

  15. Pete in TX says:

    Who is the painter of that picture?

  16. Tina says:


    Try the following which is FREE:

    I found it very useful for finding older, out of print books. You can download them as pdf’s, ebooks, text, or kindle format. For example, I found Father Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange’s book, The Three Ages of the Interior Life and it can be downloaded in the above formats. Depending on what you’re looking for there are free books, movies, music, etc.
    I hope this helps. And thanks for all the good writing.

  17. Fuquay Steve says:

    Preserving Christian Publications, inc……..I actually use snail mail with handwritten checks.

    Good luck.

  18. mark docherty says:

    Set up a Wish List on Amazon and publish the link in your sidebar. Free books will soon rain down on Norcia.

  19. louiseyvette says:

    Great idea about the Amazon wish list, and Hilary’s Book of the Month Club. I’m sure several of us would be glad to donate to the cause.

    What about ebay? Do they do paypal? Might be good for old out of print books.

  20. Dorma Barker says:

    Get a debit card, I know Amazon will take it. Been using mine for 4 years with no trouble.
    And if you sign up with their smile program they will donate a bit to charity of your choice,if listed and there are loads of them.

  21. Hilary White says:

    I do remember being told about this option by my very helpful banking guy in Toronto. I continue, however, to be a little chary of getting any kind of thing like this, since it just seems like an invitation to give in to temptation.

  22. Linda says:

    Hilary, there is such a thing as a prepaid credit card. It really is more like a gift card – you transfer money from your bank account to it, and can use it for on-line purchases. I only know about the one Bank of Montreal offers. They call it a “prepaid travel MasterCard”. I’ve successfully used it (once) for groceries, to see if it worked, and then to book hotel rooms and a couple of times for on-line purchases (including one US magazine subscription). There is an annual fee of something like $6.00, and of course, you get no interest on the money you transfer to the card (money which is immediately available), but having the convenience of a credit card without the diabolical is worth it.

  23. Elinor says:

    Oh yeah, and building on Ursula’s suggestion, isn’t it possible to create a wish list on Amazon – if someone buys an item for you from the list, then it disappears from your active wish list so others know not to buy that one.

  24. Elinor says:

    It’s possible (at least in the UK) to buy Amazon gift cards for cash at a shop, load the value of the gift cards into one’s own Amazon account and then use that to buy books on Amazon, without a credit/debit card.

  25. Michael Dowd says:

    Please let me know a book you wish via my e-mail address and I will have it sent to you free of charge. by Amazon. I could probably do this once a month. So, we could call this Hilary’s Book of the Month Club. If 10 folks participated you would get all the books anyone could use.

  26. Hilary White says:

    Oh gosh, yes. I’d forgotten about Powells for some reason. They’re a legend on the west coast.

  27. Hilary White says:

    Hah! You have immediately discerned the problem with that, Ursula. Thank you for the offer. I might do that. Right now I have a friend in England who often buys books on request, but I can’t lay the acquisition of an entire library on him. I left over a thousand books behind in Toronto.

  28. WendyinVA says:

    Alibris takes Paypal.

  29. Helena says: … accept payment via Paypal and post worldwide .. free delivery to Italy … : “Welcome to Book Depository! We have 15 million titles and free delivery worldwide to over 100 countries. ”
    Love reading your articles, such a stalwart Soldier of Christ !
    love and prayers to you.
    God Bless

  30. Ursula says:

    Can those of us who are able to access Amazon help you to get the books you need? Could you put up a link and ask for people to volunteer to get a particular book sent to you? (Making sure, of course, you don’t get 15 copies of one book and none at all of others).It would be a way to support you.

  31. Anne says:

    Get a debit credit card. It is accepted by those who take credit cards, but comes from your chequing account. You can then shop at Amazon.

  32. Bailey Walker says:

    My sincere apologies for the multiple messages… I should know better than to attempt to communicate in the morning before my second cup of coffee!

    The enormous Powell’s Book Store in Portland, OR is a real treasure and they also accepts PayPal.

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  34. Bailey Walker says:

    The Strand Book Store in New York sells new, used, and rare books, has a huge inventory and accepts PayPal. The URL is

    God bless you.

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