I think buying books and supporting physical book and comic stores is really important. Especially if they are locally owned and operated. But, I also understand that everyone doesn’t have easy access to physical stores or the funds to buy books at cover prices.
I, for one, live in a small Midwestern town in the US. The closest bookstore is over an hour away – and we only just got a comic book store in the last few months. And, let’s be honest. I like a good deal. So, I’ll admit that I do a lot of my book shopping online.
While I occasionally buy books from chain stores like Barnes & Noble and I try to support my local comic shop, they aren’t really my go-to places. So, today I wanted to talk about the sites/stores I find the best deals and do most of my book buying.
(This post is NOT sponsored and contains NO affiliate links. I just wanted to pass along some – hopefully – useful info.)
Amazon: I’ve been buying books on Amazon since I started college. I’ve always found great deals on books, and as a Prime member I get free 2-day shipping. I especially love the ability to buy used books through the Amazon marketplace. I generally stick to buying books that are in “Like New” or “Very Good” condition though, since there can be a huge discrepancy between what I consider to be good condition vs. what someone else considers to be good condition.
BookOutlet: I learned about BookOutlet when I first started watching BookTube. And, I was amazed at how cheap their prices are. I’ve ordered quite a few books from them over the past year or so – and saved a ton of money doing it. Since it’s all overstock you never know what you’re going to find on the site which can be great; you uncover gems you’ve never heard of before but, also frustrating as you often can’t find all the books in the series. Two side notes: most books contain overstock marks in case that’s something that bothers you, and the shipping time is not quick.
Book Depository: I am new to Book Depository, but I am now completely sold. I love that they offer free international shipping. And, it’s especially helpful if you are looking for a UK cover of a book, but you live in the US. (Hello, beautiful The Bear and the Nightingale cover!) The only downside is that shipping isn’t exactly quick. But, every book I’ve ordered from Book Depository has been well worth the wait.
Instocktrades: I love this website. Their catalog is seeming endless, and you can’t beat their prices. Shipping is free for purchases over $50 (in the US), and its fast. I usually have my order within 3 or 4 days. If you are a comic reader – I highly recommend you check them out! (They also offer international shipping at actual cost.)
HalfPrice Books: This is the one physical bookstore on the list. Our closest HalfPrice Books bookstore is about 1.5 hours away so I don’t get there often. But, I always leave with a bag full of books for a great price. And, I really love how organized and clean their stores are. I know some people really enjoy the act of “digging up gems” in used bookstores. I’m not really one of those people. I like mine sorted and organized so that I can spend my time looking at books in genres I enjoy.
So what about you? Do you prefer to buy your books in stores or online? Do you have a great used/new bookstore near you? Have you found any of these sites useful or do you have recommendations of places you love to buy books?