For the longest time, I only ever brought books in person. Why? Well, because I’m the type of person who takes like 10 minutes figuring out which copy of the book to buy. Hmm, this one has a scratch on the cover. This one has a damaged corner. This one… you get the idea. I cannot buy a book that is in a condition anything less than perfect. My obsession with only buying books in perfect condition (this only applies if I’m buying them new, if they are used, it’s more like I want this and this and this) is the reason why I stayed away from buying books online.
That and the fact that for the longest time Amazon was like the only place I knew that sold books online. And I refused to buy from them with all their publisher controversies and the fact that my sixth grader self believed that by boycotting Amazon, my beloved Barnes & Noble would stay alive, unlike my old love, Borders. But then fast forward a few years, and I’ve found so many other places to buy books online. And that buying online is usually cheaper than buying in store. My favorite places to buy books online are…
Barnes & Noble
Barnes & Noble is probably my favorite place to buy books online. Only because I know if a book comes in damaged, I can just take it to my local B&N and exchange it for a new copy that is in perfect condition. But I only ever had that once, usually the books come shipping in perfect (or somewhat perfect) condition. Plus, B&N.com is usually cheaper than B&N in store. Their prices can rival Amazon’s. In fact, some books are cheaper on B&N.com than Amazon. Ha! Also, because you get free shipping if you buy more than $25, it’s easy to get my mom to let my buy an extra book since to her, paying the $5 shipping fee is not worth it. Whatever, a happy mom plus an extra book equals a very happy Emily.
BOOK OUTLET! Oh, how I love you. It’s so cheap in comparison to every where else. Ridiculously cheap! There are two main reasons why Book Outlet is not my favorite place to shop online. One, they only have certain books available. They only have a limited selection and most of the time, not the books I really want. And the second reason is because I find it hard to justify why I shouldn’t buy a book from Book Outlet. Usually, I’m just like “Here’s my money, take it, gimme the books!” That’s what happens when most books are all under $5. At least on B&N.com, I could go uh, $12 is kind of out of my price range (or nah, it’s way cheaper on Book Outlet).
Oh, and I’m not nearly quite as satisfied with the condition of the books I get from Book Outlet. Maybe it’s my mail man, but let’s just say, sometimes the books don’t meet my (very high) standards. -__- But they were super cheap, so whatevs.
Do you buy books online?
Why or why not?
If you do, where do you shop?