I discovered The Book Depository UK when I was trying to get my hands on a copy of The Sweet Scent of Blood by Suzanne McLeod. They offer free shipping world wide and their prices are comparable to Amazon.com, in a lot of cases cheaper. The good news is The Book Depository has opened a online US store: The Book Depository US, this was brought to my attention on Twitter last week by @Has_Bookpushers. Plus they are still offering free shipping world wide. I'm not sure if they are opening a warehouse here in the US to speed up the shipping time but when I ordered from the UK store, I received my books in about 6 days, I live in Central Texas. Which really isn't bad considering the shipping was free and I didn't have to purchase a yearly membership to be eligible for free shipping or try to create an order totaling $25 or more to be eligible for free shipping.
Another perk to buying from The Book Depository is you can also use PayPal as a payment option, in addition to the traditional form of online payment of credit cards.
The Book Depository doesn't sell ebooks at this time but they plan on doing so in the future.
Oh, one other thing I noticed, you can get the UK version (if it has been published over there) of a US book. So, if you like one book cover versus another, you have choice between the two book covers at one bookstore.
I went out and did a price comparison to Amazon.com (since they are the most widely used online bookstore), searching for various book media types, results are below. The results should make a lot people happy and shows everyone that there is an alternative to buying from Amazon.com and other online bookstores.
|Book||Media||Amazon.com||Amazon.com S&H||The Book Depository|
|The Thorn Queen by Richelle Mead*||Mass Market Paperback||$6.99||$3.99||$3.49 - 50% Discount|
|Destined for an Early Grave by Jeaniene Frost||Mass Market Paperback||$7.99||$3.99||$7.96|
|Bad Moon Rising by Sherrilyn Kenyon||Hardcover||$16.49||$3.99||$12.48|
|Blood Memories by Barb Hendee||Trade Paperback||$10.99||$3.99||$11.89|
*If you have a Kindle, iPhone or iTouch you can download The Thorn Queen for free right now. I do not know how long this sale will last, so if this is an option for you and you want this book, hurry and grab it.