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Online Book Stores

Postby ElaineB » 28 Mar 2010, 05:51

Baker wrote:This thread is for links to online book stores and any comments you have about using them.

I'm not listing Amazon because of their track record of anti-gay actions and their strong-arm tactics against authors and publishers. People who want to use them can easily find them.

I'm not listing ABE because they're owned by Amazon.

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Alibris, another consortium of sellers. (Used books and great for out of prints.) Proof uses this one. (HH and I have, too.)

Payment by Paypal & credit cards.

Shipping: US $3.99 for the first book plus $2.19 for each additional book. Orders over $49 and get free shipping (within the USA).
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Better World Books Elaine brought this one to our attention, and thanks to her for this info:

Payment: credit card, Paypay, and cheque.

Free Shipping in the USA, $3.97 Worldwide.

International (10-21 business days, no tracking available)
International Priority (5-14 business days, no tracking available)

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Book Depository

Shipping free worldwide.

Payment: credit card

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Books4Women


For the Brits. Catalogue is not always up to date.

Payment: cheques, postal orders, and paypal.

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MoonHorseBooks

Megan Magill runs this online bookstore. They offer free shipping on orders over $25.00 US, payment by charge or paypal and if you create an account you can pick your currency.

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A bunch of links from Beerbohm (thank you!):

http://www.biblio.com
http://www.biblio.co.uk
https://www.antiqbook.com
https://www.choosebooks.com (also known as Zvab)
http://www.tomfolio.com (US book cooperative)

UK sellers:
http://www.greenmetropolis.com
Mainly books sold by private sellers, not much stock but I've picked up several lesfic titles.

http://ukbookworld.com
Not many lesfic but site is for established booksellers not mega listers


Several of the European sites have joined together :
http://www.marelibri.com



Please post links and/or comments. (I may end up editing this first post to include them all.)
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Re: Online Book Stores

Postby ElaineB » 28 Mar 2010, 05:52

Athena wrote:Thanks for the list Baker :)
I was wondering if we could also gather a little bit more information about these online bookstores, for example what kind of payment do they accept (credit card, paypal,etc), whether they ship all over the world and how fast they are.
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Postby ElaineB » 28 Mar 2010, 05:52

ElaineB wrote:Clicking the links will get you some of that.

Better World Books, for example says "Free Shipping in the USA, $3.97 Worldwide." As to time frame, I figure on a couple of weeks to get books from them. And that's within the same country, of course. They have new and used and will tell you what they have "in stock" for each. They seem to use shippers/bookstores all around the country. Haven't quite gotten a handle on that. I've ordered both new and used. Most recently I'm trying their Marketplace (which I'm not that sure what the difference is between that and Used, but I think these seem to be used bookstores. So, for example, for one book, I chose a shipper within my state. Will see if that's faster.)

Ah:
Marketplace books are used or new books sold and shipped by independent booksellers. They may take longer to arrive than books shipped directly from Better World Books.

They say:
International (10-21 business days, no tracking available)
International Priority (5-14 business days, no tracking available)

Payment by credit card, check, or PayPal.

Prices seem to vary wildly. A used book can be marked higher than a new one (it seems, though maybe I'm comparing pb to hardcover).

Anyway, I like their eco-friendliness (assuming it's legit) and my boss recommended them.
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Re: Online Book Stores

Postby ElaineB » 28 Mar 2010, 05:52

Proofrdr wrote:I've bought quite a few books from Alibris, another consortium of sellers.
http://www.alibris.com/

They now take Paypal as well as credit cards.

I don't know about shipping elsewhere, but in the US it's $3.99 for the first book plus $2.19 for each additional book. Or, do as I do, wait until you have an order over $49 and get free shipping.
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Re: Online Book Stores

Postby ElaineB » 28 Mar 2010, 05:53

Baker wrote:Yes, good idea, Athena. If people post the info, I'll happily edit it in.

Proof and Elaine: Thanks! :-)
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ElaineB wrote:I'm about to find out how good Better World Books' return policy is. I ordered three books. Two came (one was the reading challenge, thankfully, although now I feel guilty that I bought it used :oops: ), but one was the wrong book. I'd ordered it through the Marketplace from a Mass. bookstore. I've emailed them to see how to get the exchange done and here I wait...
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Athena wrote:I have ordered two books from Better World Books for the first time today. The 3.97 shipping costs are per book so I paid 7,94 alltogether.
Let's see how fast they are...
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Postby ElaineB » 28 Mar 2010, 05:54

HH wrote:I ordered several books from Better Book World (straight from them, not via the marketplace) and two from Book Depo, one of which wasn't yet released. The not-yet-released one* is, so far, the only book that has arrived at my house :lol: So yeah, I'm waiting to see how the two compare for speed and accuracy.

*Ash, by Melinda Lo -- a YA fantasy. So far I'm quite enjoying it.
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Postby ElaineB » 28 Mar 2010, 05:54

gill wrote:http://www.books4women.co.uk/

For the Brits. This lot are in Cornwall and they take cheques and postal orders(quaint, its been yonks since I used a po for a purchase)...oh, and paypal, too.

I've never actually used them but a friend got some really hard to find stuff there (like Keira Dellacroix Ice Hole and the other one by her..forget the title - sorry). She did the entire transaction over the phone, sent them a cheque and later they posted the books to a friend in Sweden for her. A very personal service and my friend recommends them.
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HH wrote:My second Book Depo book arrived, so it looks like they're quite a bit speedier than Better World Books.
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