I 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).
Amazon.com: AU$10.64 + AU$10.64 shipping = AU$21.28
Amazon.co.uk: £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 .co.uk 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.