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What state are you in? You can invest in another state if you like.

These days one of the best ways to find out more is to search the websites for the state. You can either go to the county sites to find out more about how they handle tax liens if they do so at all. At the state level there is many times info as to the rules that apply across the state.

Tax lien certificates are not something that exists in all states.

If you are in a bookstore see if the book the "16% Solution" is on the shelf. It would need to be a large bookstore. Or see if Amazon allows you to search the contents of the book. It is old but it did list what states have what sort of programs (4 major styles of auctions for the states that have auctions).

Tax deeds are not the same thing though there is a connection in that both come from the property taxes which were unpaid and then action taken against the owner of the property.

John

PS. If you are interested in discounted notes let me know. These are not really anything more then a traditional mortgage (trust deed in some states) being sold at less then full value. As it is a mortgage you will likely understand the principle already if you own your own home.
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