Monday, 16 February 2009

The price of buying books online

I wish all books were available as PDFs. I don't like the physical space real books take up, and I don't appreciate paying for delivery, or waiting for delivery. Some books are available for Kindle, but I just want a PDF.

Recently I wanted to buy 4 books - my first instinct was to go to Amazon:

Item(s) Subtotal: AUD 97.92
Shipping & Handling: AUD 39.50
Total AUD 137.42

I'd prefer not to pay $40 for delivery, so I thought I'd check more local places to compare:
Building a WordPress Blog People Want to Read
ProBlogger: Secrets for Blogging Your Way to a Six-Figure Income
Outliers: The Story of Success
The Huffington Post Complete Guide to Blogging

So from Dymocks, 3 out of the 4 books cost AUD137.41. I don't know about delivery, I had so much trouble with the site - no response, server errors, and when trying to check out it tells me my basket is empty.

From Fishpond, all books were available, total cost of NZD182.62 with free delivery.

So Amazon wins easily. But delivery might take a month. Sigh.


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