Shopping for books online has the same advantages and disadvantages of other internet shopping experiences. For those who are not lucky enough to live near a bookstore that are happy to order the books that you are interesting in and offering a good price, shopping online may be your only choice. The good news is that sites like Amazon and EBay offer new and used books. If the book that you are looking for is not available, try typing the name of the book or the ISBN in your browser search bar.
The most important consideration when you want to get the best deal by purchasing your books online is to pay attention to the shipping and handling charges. If you’re not careful, you may end up paying more to have the least expensive used book shipped to your door than if you had purchased a new book online.
When purchasing more than one book from an online source, make sure that they are all being shipped from the same place and have them shipped together. This is especially important when buying used books. In many cases, the cost of shipping several books is the same as shipping a single copy.
Look for deals on shipping costs. Some sources offer free shipping, but that deal is seldom available for used books.
Escape the shipping and handling fees altogether by purchasing the book in eBook format and downloading it to your computer, tablet, or other devise. It’s true that an electronic copy isn’t the same as holding a book in your hands and being able to keep it on you bookshelf, but in many cases, the price just can’t be beat.
If your love of reading has caused an overabundance of books in your possession, consider swapping. A book exchange could be the best way to get your new title without paying a lot. There are many book swapping websites to investigate. Find them by typing book swap and let your search engine bring you a list of sites.
When buying anything online, make sure that you are buying from a reputable source. Take the time to investigate before giving out your credit card number. Read the reviews given to the seller by previous customers. Used books are often sold very cheaply even when they are in excellent condition, but you never know when a seller might ship a book that is missing pages or be so marked up that it keeps you from enjoying your book.