In many book stores and on the Internet can you buy – the Mangelexemplare! Some people buy them exclusively, others occasionally and some reject it categorically. But what has it to with these books, who like many and some are a thorn in the eye? To explain this, we must begin with a dry law: the book price fixing Act (, which lays down that every new book in Germany at a fixed price must be offered to the end customer. As a result, that a new book from a large Buchhaus like Thalia is not cheaper than the same book in a small bookshop on the corner. The aim of this Act is the preservation of cultural diversity in Germany. It is feared that a dying of small bookstores on a massive scale would begin without book price fixing Act. Look to Britain, where the book price fixing was lifted several years ago, underpinned fears. Now is the book market on the island more or less in the Hand of two large chains, as well as the Internet retailer Amazon.

But no rule without some exception: Books have a certain degree of damage, they can be sold cheaper. Important is that the damage is so great, that a sale to the bound retail price is no longer possible. In addition, the book with a stamp in the book section as Mangelexemplar must be marked. Unfortunately, there is no guideline how big the damage must be for now. Must be depressed a corner at least 1 cm or even more? Many booksellers, dealing only with new books, sees the competition of the providers of defective with mixed feelings. Regularly, the courts also have to decide whether the lack of a specific book could really justify a price reduction. This is a problem, with only the bookseller must deal.

For many customers, the defects usually not particularly in the weight fall. You have the opportunity books very reasonable prices to acquire, and many a dent or a scratch too much bother. In return, usually 40-60 can be save % compared to the purchase of the new book. The stationary bookseller in question come to the one as reference sources. Many carry a small selection of low-priced books. There are also some special providers, which can be more or less exclusively with defective and exhibit a similarly wide range. For readers who prefer shopping in a retail store, is boon to recommend. The chain also has locations in quite many cities. For online shoppers Arvelle ( offered, which have a very large selection. Stefan Kramer