I'm making this a POST instead of a comment because it's about books in general. Also, I didn't know where I'd post it as a comment and I wanted people to see it and respond. I hope that's okay.
For those of your who buy books online, I have a few questions.
I buy a lot of books to begin with and now that I've discovered book clubs I'm buying even more, especially with all the talk about what else everyone's reading and recommending, so I'm exploring this option to see if I can get more books for my money -- see.. I didn't say pay less for my books.
What websites do you shop from? Do you buy new or used? If used, are the conditions reliably rated on that site? How much do books usually costs on the site? How long does it usually take to receive your order? Have you had a good experience shopping there? As well as anything else I might need to know about the process.
I've ordered text books online when I was in college and grad school but usually from B&N or the publisher's site. A few months ago, I ordered a used book from Amazon.com for a book club read when I couldn't find it locally. The book was in great conditions but took nearly three weeks to arrive. I was pricing our November and possible December selection on there and it seemed like you had to pay $3.99 for shipping for each used book you got. Adding that to the price of the book makes most of the books I looked at only a dollar or two under $10, some being $10 or above. I usually pay $8-12, sometimes more, sometimes less, for a paperback. So the hassle of checking prices, ordering, and possible long wait times to get the books seemed like this might not be as worthwhile as I had originally hoped.
But, a lot of people order their books online, cheaply and with good results. So, I'm polling other book club members looking for more information since googling various terms related to what I was looking for didn't yield much in the way of productive results, mostly a lot of meta searches of individual online book sites comparing prices.
So, please leave me some COMMENTS ya'll and help me out! Thanks!
--- Anne ---