Nope, it’s not an ad. Well, yeah, I guess it is. But not for any of my own books. Consider it a Public Service Announcement. Those of you who follow me on twitter may have seen me post this over there already.

Yesterday, I got an email from Elaing8 confirming that her prize from the Birthday Bash had arrived. She was asking me about where I’d ordered it from – The Book Depository – and whether it was worth it as opposed to ordering from Chapters or Amazon.

So I started to answer her, explaining that in order to supply books for my birthday bash and not end up paying double the cost thanks to Canada Post, I had to find an alternate way to get books to the winners. Thanks to a tip I found on Twitter from Jane at Dear Author, I discovered The Book Depository. There are actually two Book Depository sites – the main one based in Britain, and one that’s based in the US, the

In order to make my point that usually the books cost about the same whether I ordered from, Chapters-Indigo (the main Canadian chain), or The Book Depository, I looked up how much I’d end up paying for Maya Bank’s Sweet Persuasion. It was a book I had earmarked that I wanted to buy and so chose it at random. Chapters? $13.35 CDN. $13.51 CDN. The Book Depository UK? $13.53 US BUT only TBD offered free shipping. Considering that both Amazon and Chapters would add on about $6 – 8 for shipping and then I’d have to add in postage from my house to the winner’s, that tipped the balance toward TBD. And I’m really glad I did, especially since my winners turned out to live in Australia, Germany, Finland and the US. (By the way, it doesn’t matter how much your book costs or how big your order is. So even if all you order is a $3 Harlequin, you don’t pay any shipping. Host, if you’re reading this, unfortunately they DO charge to ship to Croatia 🙁 I checked. Yours is going to have to be sent through Canada Post.)

While I was checking those figures though, out of curiosity I clicked on the website link. Imagine my surprise, and ecstasy, to discover the US site had Maya Bank’s Sweet Persuasion on for 50% off. I ended up buying Julia Quinn’s It Happened in London and Stephanie Lauren’s latest in the Bastien club – Mastered by Love. All for 50% off. Three books for the cost of what I would have paid for Maya’s one if I’d picked up Maya’s book in person at the local store.

So if you ever order your books online, don’t forget to check out the Book Depository for their sales/prices too. (Oh, and you can get books that aren’t available in the States too – check out Wendy the Super Librarian’s post from yesterday about ordering a book only available in Australia.)

By the way, author Skylar Kade has interviewed me over on her blog – I’m giving away a copy of my novella, Private Property to one lucky commenter.

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17 thoughts on “Save Money Now!

  • August 13, 2009 at 4:43 am

    Hi 🙂
    Thanks for an excellent recommendation for a book seller online.
    I've bookmarked Book Depository (ha)
    Love RKCharron

  • August 13, 2009 at 5:29 am

    I discovored the book depository lately and I am buying most of my books from them now. Most books are 25 to 50% off. and you don't have to make a big order to have free delivery, it makes it very interesting for pre orders to!

  • August 13, 2009 at 7:44 am

    I wanted to check out TBD but they're doing maintenance.I should have did it yeaterday when I read your email 🙂

  • August 13, 2009 at 7:47 am

    Oh, dear – doesn't my timing suck?

    Although I twittered about the blog, and one of the head gurus over at TBD replied (@KieronJS)that he's read this blog. Good news for Host in Croatia – he's going to try to see if they can add Croatia to the list of countries that gets free delivery.

    But they need to be online, don't they? Hopefully they'll be back up shortly (they were up at 8:30 this morning.)

  • August 13, 2009 at 8:25 am

    Thanks for the heads up on the Book Depository!! When I tried to access, it looked like the site was undergoing some maintenance.

    I hadn't heard about this one and am a little skittish about unknown on-line sites. It helps knowing others have used and are happy with the site's service. Thanks again…

  • August 13, 2009 at 10:18 am

    I ordered a book(ok 2). I also found a currency exchange site
    if you want to convert to see what you owe(if you're outside US)

    If you like Jacquelyn Frank books Rapture is 50% off and Gideon I think it was 33% off.

  • August 13, 2009 at 10:32 am

    I will so be using this when I am able to buy books again…..
    Thanks for the review/explanation Leah!

  • August 13, 2009 at 10:37 am

    Natasha, and everyone for that matter – I'm not meaning to say you should only use the Book Depository and not the other sites, just that you should check to see if they have books cheaper (and from the looks of it you need to check both the site as well as the .com site as their prices vary) Or if you only want to order a single book instead of having to order multiple books to qualify for free shipping.

    One thing I haven't addressed, because I don't know about it yet – and maybe Elaine can fill us in – is if the Canadian government will charge a tariff on their books. (I know I've had that happen with some of my sewing paraphernalia.) Amazon (.ca) can ship from within Canada, as does Chapters avoiding customs.

    I still order from Chapters if I have multiple books as I like to support Canadian businesses. But for the Birthday Bash, TBD definitely made economical sense. And when I can find a book at half the price on another site …there's no doubt who I'll order with.

  • August 13, 2009 at 10:38 am

    Of course! I will definitely be checking out Chapters and I just hate it when I end up spending more on shipping than I do on the book.

  • August 13, 2009 at 11:37 am

    I'm not sure about the tariff.I did comb through the site carefully because I was looking to see if they charged the taxes we have, But I didn't find anything on either.

    I just order the books from TBD to see how the process went.Sort of like a trial run.They had a lot of 1/2 off deals that I was oh so tempted with.
    We'll see on my credit card if I get extra charges.
    My order was $17 compared to $27 from chapters plus chapter has the $6.99 per book charge(I don't understand why they don't ship orders together and have only 1 Shipping charge)

    I like chapters because it Canadian owned and the I-rewards program. I've already saved tons of money with that card. You get more off if you go into a store but I live to far just to drive in for a book or two.So my online orders are pretty big,with lots of pre-orders.Plus with pre-orders you tend to get them alot sooner. I got the new Richelle Mead book yesterday and its release date is the 25th.

  • August 13, 2009 at 11:45 am

    Tariffs aren't determined by TBD, they're charged when the PO delivers the book 🙁 I have no idea how Canada Customs determine what the book's worth.

    That said, I've had tons of books delivered and never had to pay a tariff, though a friend says she orders from the States (not TBD) a lot and has been hit with bills when she went to pick her books up at the local postal station. I wasn't sure about TBD orders as I've only shipped them out to other ppl. That's why I was interested to see if you'd be dinged, Elaine.

    Yes, my bill for the three books was just over $15. If I'd ordered Maya's book alone, I would have been charged over $20. That said, I just ordered $60 worth of books from Chapters – but that's because I got a gift certificate from one of my fantastic critique partners. (I have a ton of books on the way now, LOL)

  • August 13, 2009 at 11:48 am

    Thanks for the info on The Book depository!

  • August 13, 2009 at 2:04 pm

    I meant any extra charges if I calculated the exchange right.Sorry if I made it sound like the tariff.
    But the tariff's I have no clue. I think they only charge those if its a large package. I know when I asked for free samples from a cosmetic company, they sent this big box of stuff and at the post office they wanted me to pay $60, I told then to send it back.

    JR Wards books are 50% at TBD if anyone is interested.

  • August 13, 2009 at 2:10 pm

    Elaine – $60? Yikes, I'd be telling them Thanks but no Thanks too!

    Sherrilyn Kenyon's latest – Bad Moon Rising was on this morning for $12 US. WAAAY better than the $33 bucks I had to pay for it at Chapters for Sherrilyn's signing 🙁 Ouch ouch ouch!

  • August 13, 2009 at 7:12 pm

    I am not sure blog monster ate my post or it just did not go through…

    But thank you so much for the heads up on this place! I have seen good things about it, but never checked it out for myself. But this is a great place!! Thank you!!
    I also wrote… that I wanted to thank you for including Host in this!!! I recently sent her a package (I had to break it down to two because of weight) and it cost $44 to mail it to her. I know she worries about shipping cost! She is going to be besides herself when she finds out!!!
    Thank you for being so kind for that and for letting us know about this!!!
    I think it is cool that one of the gurur's reads this post!!! And helped out!!
    Thanks again!!!
    I hope everyone had a great night and has a wonderful tomorrow!

  • August 14, 2009 at 12:50 am

    Thanks for the tip, Leah. I do quite a few prizes and adding the postage on top is expensive.

  • August 14, 2009 at 7:23 am

    Cecile – I just checked TBD's list of countries they'll ship to for free and Croatia is now on it! Woohoo! You can now ship Host books through them with no charge!

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