For the budding artist who is interested in improving their skills in pottery, there are a wide variety of books available on the market that can help you to do this. If you want something that you can keep, you have many options. Local hobby retail stores sell these kinds of books. These stores will sometimes have sales, so you can purchase them at a lower price.
For the economically minded, you can purchase them through a used bookstore. Some books may have markings or bent pages, but they are much cheaper and still good. Online booksellers and auction sites are the most prolific source of used and new pottery books and you can find some great deals with a little searching. You have to be cautious when purchasing, and use common sense before you buy. Check out the dealer's reputation, ask questions if you have them, and read the description carefully. This way you will be sure of what you are buying. With online purchasing, be aware that there will be a charge to ship the item, so figure this into your purchasing budget.
You can find free pottery books at your local library, which may or may not have a wide selection. If they don't have a particular book that you are looking for, you can sometimes get it on interlibrary loan, which may or may not have a fee. University libraries, if there is one nearby, will have a much greater variety of books from which to choose. To check it out if you are not a student, they will normally charge a yearly fee to get a library card.
If you are willing to search and dig, thrift shops and garage sales can often be the source of a pottery book every once in a while. The price will be extremely low, and you will be surprised at what you can find if you are willing to look. Often thrift stores will get old textbooks donated, especially art class books. Though used, they still have a lot to teach you in the process.
You can be successful at finding pottery books in many different places and for a cheap price. Knowing where to look, being smart in your shopping, and knowing your budget are a good place to start. A little additional creativity in your shopping will help you to locate the books that will aid you in improving your pottery skills.