Book Depository – free shipping worldwide

October 21, 2010

logoCom Book Depository   free shipping worldwideI want to make sure that everyone knows about this latest online book store called Book Depository. Why is it so special? How does great prices and free worldwide shipping grab you?

Online bookstores are fast becoming the preferred shopping venue for book buyers, especially here in Australia. We’re very lucky to live in such an awesome place and one of the blessings is our geographical remove from the rest of the world. That same thing is also our biggest hurdle in other instances, especially book buying. Book prices in Australia are generally high – a regular paperback is usually around the AU$20 mark in most bookstores.

You can get much better prices from somewhere like Amazon, but the downside is that we pay high shipping rates – remember that geographical remove I mentioned? That means that you tend to pay cover price for a book, then at least the same again in postage, which spanks the better price you can find online.

Enter Book Depository. This place charges excellent prices for books and ships free worldwide. That means that even here down under we can find great prices on books. Let’s use my own books as a quick example (and a little shameless self-promotion). Currently, the Australian and US dollars are of almost equal value.


Australia domestic price: AU$19.95 (shipping inc. within Australia). AU$10.64 + AU$10.64 shipping = AU$21.28 £7.99 + £8.78 shipping = AU$28.52
Book Deposity: AU$9.17 with free shipping = AU$9.17


Australia domestic price: AU$19.95 AU$10.64 + AU$10.64 shipping = AU$21.28 £7.99 + £8.78 shipping = AU$28.52
Book Deposity: AU$9.17 with free shipping = AU$9.17

So, the advantage is clear to see. Less than half price from Book Depository, even when they ship to Australia.

I don’t know how long Book Depository will last. They’re presumably cutting into their retail discount (which is usually at least 35% of cover price) to absorb shipping costs. I guess the idea is that their margin will be much slimmer, but their oversales figures much higher, hence a successful business model. The idea works for me! So, next time you’re looking to buy books, double check the pricing at Book Depository and see if they’re cheaper. If they are, buy from them and hopefully they’ll survive and prosper to continue bringing us books at great prices.

NB: There’s a .com and a version of Book Depository that I checked for this post. For me, here in Australia, the .com page supplied the better price by around a dollar a book.


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14 Responses to Book Depository – free shipping worldwide

  1. AndrewMcKiernan on October 21, 2010 at 1:31 pm

    I’ve been using Book Depository for over a year now. Great prices certainly, but I’ve also found the orders arrive quicker for me from Book Depository (UK) than they ever did from Amazon (UK or US).

    On the day of release Dan Simmons’ “Black Hills” – large hardcover. Australian bookstore price $65.00 AUD. Book Depository price $27.00 AUD… and no shipping! I pre-ordered and my copy arrived 2days after the UK/AUS release date. I didn’t see it in a local bookstore until almost two months after release date!

  2. alan on October 21, 2010 at 2:03 pm

    Wow, that’s a massive price difference.

  3. Damian Smith on October 21, 2010 at 3:05 pm

    One thing that I shouldn’t say you can try to do as well is use a TOR browser to do your shopping there and the prices get even cheaper…

    When I get home I’ll tell you the price with that heh.

  4. alan on October 21, 2010 at 3:06 pm

    What’s a TOR browser? And please do share!

  5. Damian Smith on October 21, 2010 at 3:11 pm

    A TOR browser stands for The Onion Router. You can use one to give a different IP address so you can ‘Hide” where you are accessing from.

    You can get to their site from here

    I can’t access the site from work but there is a portable version which just has an EXE to run each time.

    I have tested with with my normal browser open on a product on the BD and then went to the same thing on the TOR version and with me logged in on both the TOR version was cheaper.

  6. alan on October 21, 2010 at 3:13 pm

    Don’t you get rumbled when you put in the delivery address?

  7. Damian Smith on October 21, 2010 at 3:17 pm

    Nope because it states free shipping.

    I did a search on it a while back and people were saying to do it as the price changes depending where you are. So the above prices are the prices for Australia and there are different ones for UK, US etc.

    In reality the shipping is build in. I think that’s why when you get 5 books from them you get 5 packages. It’s shipped as 1 book with built in shipping.

    Not that I worry about that since the cost is cheaper than anywhere else.

    As for getting jumped at the payment stage, because all you do is log into an account your not adding an address live to ship to so it’s not picking up the difference.

  8. alan on October 21, 2010 at 3:18 pm

    Cool. Thanks for all that.

  9. Damian Smith on October 21, 2010 at 3:20 pm

    No Problem!

    We’ll have to try to organize that Beer around Xmas time as well this year since we missed it last year.

  10. alan on October 21, 2010 at 3:23 pm

    For sure.

  11. Get Free International Shipping on October 21, 2010 at 3:40 pm


    Also a HUGE fan of Book Depository. It’s an unbeatable offer and the service is always prompt and painless. Buying heavy books online has always been a nightmare when it comes to the shipping costs. I’ve been putting together a list of other retailers and stores that offer free international shipping if it appeals….

    Cheers! John

  12. alan on October 21, 2010 at 3:43 pm

    Thanks John.

  13. Stelios on March 1, 2011 at 9:51 pm

    I also ordered some books from BookDepository for the first time on October 2010.
    At early November, and while my books never arrived, they said that a full refund of 137.5 euros will appear in my account shortly.
    Shortly became FOREVER, so at January 10 of 2011 after I managed to find aphone number of them at last(!!!),some representative called Lu reassured me that they would send a cheque shortly (AGAIN!).
    Then on February 17 after I wrote them that if I don’t get my cheque until the 25th, everyone on the web would hear my story, they replied that they would immediately contact their accounting department in order to send the cheque ….guess again….SHORTLY!
    I really hope they will clear my issue eventually and save me from 137.5 euros of expenditure, which -believe me- in Greece especially is a large amount of money!

  14. alan on March 2, 2011 at 11:32 am

    Stelios – That sucks. I hope you get your refund soon.

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