I can’t possibly be the only person torn between ordering books on Amazon, or buying from a physical book shop.
Approximately 75% of my books come from a physical book shop. My local shop is Waterstones in Brighton, UK and it’s my absolute favourite place in the universe. I live in fear that physical book shops will one day disappear completely, so I try to do my bit to prevent that from happening.
But sometimes, I just have to buy online, for the following reasons:
Waterstones rarely stocks hardcover books
For reasons detailed in my ‘mismatched series’ discussion post, I buy all books that are part of a series in hardcover edition. Unfortunately, Waterstones usually only stocks the paperback version of the book, unless it’s a new release, and even then sometimes they wait until the paperback comes out 😦
Because of this, most of my series are bought online.
The price difference is too big to ignore
I don’t usually care about a price difference of a few pounds. I don’t scour the internet in search of the cheapest price. I’m willing to shell out a few extra quid to support my local book shop.
But sometimes, the price difference is too big to ignore. If a book costs £ 9.99 in the book shop, but I see a deal for £ 2 online, I’ll often cave and order it from the Internet. I know, I know, not good! But when we’re nearing the end of the month, I have to watch the funds a little more. (I know, I could just stop being books completely but that is a willpower I do not yet possess.)
Amazon vs everything else
I have a Kindle used mostly for NetGalley books, but sometimes I do buy Kindle books from Amazon. I don’t know why, but I try to avoid buying from Amazon even when buying online.
I was the last person in the world to find out that Bookdepository.com is also owned by Amazon. Since finding out, I buy everything from Wordery.com. They are fast and the free bookmarks are adorable. Plus, I feel a lot better supporting a company like Wordery than Amazon.
How do you buy your books? Do you prefer ordering online or buying in a physical shop?
If you’re an international book blogger, how do you get your books?
Wordery vs Bookdepository?
Was I really the last person to know that Bookdepository is owned by Amazon?