Monday, March 21, 2011
How to get a deal on books from the U.K.
Back in the good old days (pre-2001), buying books from amazon.co.uk didn't cost me an arm and a leg, but since overseas mailing and shipping standards have changed, it's now a luxury I can't afford. I either have to wait until the book is sold through amazon.com (and by this time, it has been "translated" for American readers) or beg someone heading to the U.K. to buy the book for me.
Recently, I stumbled on a new online bookseller, The Book Depository, where I can buy U.K. titles fairly inexpensively and -- bonus -- they ship to many countries around the world for free. That's right. FREE. And yes, the U.S. is one of those countries. You can check to see if your country warrants free shipping here.
This weekend I ordered a book through them. I'm not expecting it to arrive with the rapidity of an amazon.com order, but for the $ saved on shipping, I'm willing to wait. I'll let you know when my book arrives and what my overall satisfaction level is with The Book Depository after this initial purchase. Have you ordered through them before? What's your experience?