Today I shall talk about the Holy Three of the book-lovers’ websites. I’m not here to spit on audiobooks or pontificate about the value of ye olde sacred physical texts; I prefer reading books to listening to them purely because I get easily distracted by my own thoughts when I use audiobooks and can never fully engage with the content the way I can when I’m focused on a page. This is starting to sound a little defensive, so let’s just say some people like their books on paper. I am one of them. If you’re also one of them but find printed books generally too expensive, keep reading.
The answer to your heart’s desires are as follows:
The triple B’s …
Step 1: Bookfinder.com The beauty of bookfinder is that it lists the titles you’re looking for, from the cheapest available price online, shipping cost inclusive. You can filter your results based on the type your looking for – used, new, out of print – and you can fiddle with the options to convert the currency to AUD.
For example, hey! I want to read Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami. What’s the Dymocks price? It’s… $19.99, which is still fairly inexpensive when it comes to Australian booksellers.
But when I do the search on bookfinder dot com the new and least expensive copy is only $10.02, while the cheapest used copy is $8.48. And the shipping included in those prices.
Which is where Step number 2 comes in: usually, the least expensive option will be from bookdepository.com. It’s still worth doing a search on bookfinder, but bookdepository ships books quite fast and for free. As in, if it’s not Christmas period the books will most likely get to Australia from UK or US within 2 weeks. That’s spiffing.
Step 3, Booktopia.com.au is mostly useful if you need the book rather fast but still insist on a cheaper option then you would get at the retailers. Like, say, I’m taking a course on Australian literature and the university is trying to cheat me out of even more money by recommending the university Co-op bookshop to acquire ‘cheap, student-priced novels’, conveniently all listed under my subject code. Hypothetically. And let’s also suppose my course starts next week and I need to start reading these novels soon. This is where booktopia comes in. If you’re signed up for the email newsletter they will alert you when they have the free shipping deals on. Otherwise the standard delivery cost will be $6.95 per order which is worth it when you’re ordering everything en masse. Step 3 is for the desperate.
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By Agata Krawczyk