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Definition: A remainder is a book that has been sold by the publisher at a deep discount to clear out inventory due to weak sales or overprinting.

Publishers generally review their inventory on a periodic basis and make the decision to clear out multiple titles at once. These are generally offered for sale to the booksellers that deal in them (like Barnes & Noble and Daedalus Books) or "remainder houses" which aggregate them for bulk sale. This process is called "remaindering."

Remainders are often sold in the bargain book section of bricks-and-mortar bookstores.

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