When I heard the news last year that many Borders bookshops were closing, I was not surprised. I have been buying books from overseas for several years for the simple reason that the books are much cheaper and the range is much wider.

I love reading and have a lot of books in my collection. I have owned a Kindle for about a year and I enjoy the convenience of reading on this portable device. Although I like reading fiction on the Kindle, I prefer a real books for non-fiction  especially books with  photos or diagrams.

In this article I wanted to tell you about my three favourite online bookshops.

  1. Abe Books – Second hand (but usually in very good condition) as well as brand new books.  I am very pleased with the service and subscribe to their email list as well as liking the Facebook page.  They often send out discount coupons and today I got a 10% off coupon just for liking them on Facebook.
  2. Amazon – Reasonable pricing but now I mainly use Amazon for ebook purchases for the Kindle. I have bought many books from Amazon over the last ten years and like their service.
  3. Book Depository – Brand new books at low prices. I check this site after I have checked Abebooks and Amazon.

I occasionaly purchase books locally, usually when I attend book launches organised by Stanton Library and Constant Reader bookshop in Crows Nest. Local books are usually not available from overseas, such as Graham Bond’s autobiography or Kylie Kwong’s cook books.

I would like to recommend Basement Books in Sydney (near Central station). They have many books at bargain prices and cheaper than buying from overseas. And you can browse the books before deciding to buy.

Why are books in Australia so expensive?

I chose a selection of articles that discuss this issue.