Saturday, June 26, 2010

Book buyers around the world


Those words are the bane of my existence.

I get it. It might be expensive to ship stuff overseas. But sometimes I feel like, "Dude just let me pay the shipping. I really want this [insert super fantastic thing here]."

And it sucks at least just as much in the bloggosphere. Many of the agent and writer bloggers are out of the US. You might say that most of publising's in New York. Yes, most. Not all! I still can't find a UK agent blog. (If any of you guys are UK, let me know if you know any.)

Anyhow, today I want to give my international friends a heads up about something that's fantastic ESPECIALLY if you live outside the US.

As you guys know, I've been on a 3 day spree, since I didn't need to pay for my airline ticket. So yesterday I put 42 books in my Amazon cart. Yeah, I know. Anyhow, eventually I figured, since I don't drive in Japan that it might be difficult to walk home from the Post Office with 42 books, so I whittled it down to 25.

Final cost: $230
Shipping: $109
Total: $339


Shipping is the price of another 10 books!

And then I remember my trusty FREE INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING site, The Book Depository.

They ship here and they ship to Barbados. Sometimes they're a dollar or two more expesive than Amazon. Sometimes they're cheaper. They don't have price-slashing sales as often as the guys at the big A. On occasion titles are not available. BUT they ship for free. And, since they're based in the UK, they have books you'd more readily find in Europe.

I couldn't find 2 of the titles I had on Amazon, and I had to get another in hardback instead of paperback.

Final cost: $216
Shipping: 0
Total: $216

If you love books as much as me, and you don't live in North America, you need to head on over and make sure that your country is one of the 70 they ship to for free. Because if they are, it's totally worth it to make the switch.

Don't forget on Monday, the crazy giveaways start!


Becky said...

Hey Claire,
You know that if you plug the isbn into you can usually get similar prices to home and Japanese shipping costs (often free), right?

Claire Dawn said...

No, I did not know that! Thanks!