Let’s face it, as fun and rewarding as browsing physical bookstores can be, sometimes you just want to stock your library from the comfort of your own home. And isn’t bookish mail the best kind of mail?
Below you’ll find some of my favorite places to buy books online.
Warning: These five websites may be detrimental to your bank account. Don’t say I didn’t warn you…
This is a UK based company that offers FREE shipping(!!) on all orders. They have a huge selection of books including multiple editions to chose from for each title. As an anglophile, I especially love that I can buy books from UK publishers that have yet to be released in the US, or that are just plain difficult to find here.
The Book Depository also has a great bargain section with a diverse selection of books priced at up to 50% off. Their wish list feature is easy to navigate, making it a breeze to categorize that long list of books you may be lusting after.
As a nice bookish bonus, you get a free bookmark with each order! The 2017 bookmarks all celebrate the coloring book craze and feature black and white images waiting to be personalized.
2. Abe Books
Abebooks is an International book marketplace that connects book buyers with thousands of booksellers around the world. Here you can shop for new or used books, including rare and antique editions.
The hunt for the best deal or the perfect edition is half the fun! Sometimes the secondhand books are so cheap that the cost of shipping is greater than the cost of the book; while other times you can find deals for free shipping. Lately I’ve really gotten into purchasing used books from here to save some money. The more money saved the more books I can buy amirite?!
3. Bas Bleu
Bas Bleu refers to itself as the “champion of the odd little book.” These often lesser-known, niche books are curated with love by likeminded bibliophiles. In fact, I feel like the Bas Bleu staff are my kindred spirits!
You’ll definitely discover something that catches your eye here amongst well-written book synopses, clever gift buying guides, and their lovely Bluestocking Salon book blog.
For a $30 fee you can sign up to become a member and receive 15% discounts and free shipping on your orders. Do yourself a favor and sign up for the catalog too- it’s one of my favorites!
4. Book Outlet
A book bargain hunters dream come true! Book Outlet is like your favorite book sale or book fair in digital form (though they also have a brick and mortar store in Canada that seems like book heaven). As they say, they have “read-iculously low prices” and have recently instated free shipping on orders over $35.
If that’s not a good enough deal, they have a large scratch and dent section and amazing sales throughout the year. I have done some damage during their famous Black Friday sale in particular. Book Outlet is always updating their new arrivals- you could easily spend hours browsing their vast selection.
Another British site, The Book People specializes in “handpicked favorites at unbelievable prices.” I particularly like their book collections which allow you to buy: two or more books by the same author, books in a series, or thematically related books- all for a much lower price than that of individual copies. You can earn book points when you purchase books and once you’ve reached a certain amount you can then qualify for free books.
There is free standard UK delivery on orders over 25 pounds but international shipping can be steep as it is priced per item instead of per order. Full disclosure: I haven’t bought any books from here for this very reason- but I do enjoy browsing the website.
What are your favorite places to buy books online?