Where do you buy your books?


#1

Hello all,

This is an odd question to ask on a Catholic forum but where do you buy your books from? Amazon is a no-no for me because the shipping charges are huge (to ship to my country).


#2

I buy my books from Amazon because I can’t afford the prices anywhere else. No shipping charges in this country. What country are you in? Shipping charges from most other sources would be higher than Amazon’s I’m afraid. What a shame. Not sure about E-bay, but you could look into it.


#3

Like @glorybe I use Amazon mostly .


#4

I don’t buy many books but over the past couple of years I’ve bought ebooks for kindle and kobo. They are usually cheaper than hard copies and I can increase the font size if I need to which you can’t do with a paper book, they also take up no physical space and don’t need dusting!
If I really like the book I buy a hard copy from amazon so I have something future proof to cherish.

Another way to try a book is to use the open library, it’s online and it’s a large depository of literature, classics and otherwise. Free too.


#5

These days mostly Amazon for Kindle.


#6

These websites sell used books. They have great prices and the shipping isn’t very high.
Better World Books
World of Books
Awesome Books
Book Depository - sells only new books. Shipping is free worldwide!
MediMops - it’s in German but it has tons of books in English. Shipping is about 2 euro/book.


#7

I buy a lot from Amazon because I have freebie points from a credit card to use over there.

When it’s an out of print book, I buy it from ABEbooks, a network of used book sellers.

Does your country not have a bookseller within your country who can ship to you cheap? Or physical book stores that can order books for you?


#8

I mostly use Amazon too. My closest brick and mortar Catholic book store is a Pauline Books and Media run by the Daughters of St. Paul, and I buy books from there a few times a year. A nearby parish has set up a well-stocked used book store in their basement, and recently I’ve found some fine books there. A few of the other publishers and stores I buy directly from online include Liturgical Press, Eighth Day Books, and Ignatius Press. I used to order frequently from the publisher TAN Books too, but not so much these days.


#9

Highly recommended. They sell both new and used books. Alibris is not a book store, per se, but rather a listing service for many independent bookstores both small and large.

If you require books in new condition, you can save a lot of money by selecting used books in “Fine/Like New” or “Very Good” condition. Most used booksellers, in order to avoid disputes, list the condition a bit lower than the true condition, so a book listed as Very Good is often (in my experience) really Like New.

There is also Alibris UK, https://www.alibris.co.uk/, but I’m not sure what the difference is. When I access it from the US, it looks the same.


#10

I buy the majority of my books from this website.

If shipping charges are huge have you thought of buying ebooks instead?


#11

I use Amazon quite a bit but there’s also a small independent bookstore down the street that I enjoy patronizing.


#12

From Chapters/Indigo. I have a Kindle, but I prefer to buy physical books.


#13

Catholic books at a catholic bookstore. Other books at Barnes or used local bookstores


#14

I mostly use Amazon – I’m in the U.S., so free shipping; most of my book purchases are ebooks; and having worked in retail for too many years, I hate going shopping.
But – when I do go shopping, if I see an independent book store, I’ll usually go in and find something to buy, because I want to support them.


#15

Amazon and EWTN


#16

Here I am bringing politics into everything, but do people realize that working conditions in Amazon warehouses are truly awful? Google it and see for yourself…


#17

I find a lot of good Catholic books at church rummage sales and at book sales at our local library (the books they sell are donations, not old library books). I can buy a bag of books for less than the cost of a new book.


#18

While on the subject of books – I hope people still use the good old public library! Most libraries will have a process for the patrons to request a book, if the library doesn’t have a certain title. And you’ll be doing a favor for other Catholics when you request a Catholic book title! :smiley: I feel like it would be good for the library staff to know how many religious folks there are, and we want more than just the secular bestsellers.


#19

Thank you. Jeff Bezos is the economic antichrist and anyone patronizing him is a heretic, at least IMO :joy::stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye::wink:


#20

Ignatius books online,TAN books, sometimes books are offered at my church.I have ordered only one book from Amazon.com.


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