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Shopping for Books (New)


Amazon.com
My favorite site for buying new books is Amazon.com. Their prices are good and they offer frequent sales. Amazon also offers useed books that aren't available at ThriftBooks (below).

I haven't gotten into Kindle books which tend to cost the same as a new book but are electronic. There are some free books if you have a Kindle but I've been reading the printed ones.

The other big advantages are:

  • They keep track of what you've purchased so you don't accidentally buy a book again
  • They list what people actually purchase
  • Their suggested books are very good (go to a book you liked and they have a list of others you might also like).
  • Many people have posted lists of books to fit a genre or a mood
  • Two words: FREE SHIPING. If you spend $25 in new books ($49 of misc. merchandise), they will ship to you for free, that saves a good $10 on each order
Another very nice thing is AmazonSmile. Sign up on this site and you can choose from a long list of charities to benefit from your normal shopping on the site. It doesn't cost you a thing but a charity gets a slice of your purchase. My purchases are benefitting St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Thrift Books (Used)


ThriftBooks.com
Even though Amazon.com has used book links, I prefer to go directly to the source: ThriftBooks. They are running a referral campaign that gives you a 15% discount on your first order.

Shipping is free if you spend $10 or more. I've gotten nothing but good quality used books from them and, did I mention that shiping was free? So a one penny book at Amazon costs $4.00 to ship so a $3.59 book from these guys is the buy.

Don't be fooled by 1 penny books, books are heavy and costly to ship. Thrift Books has great prices, an incredible selection and when you add up the total cost on other sites, they have come out ahead enough times that I don't bother shopping anywhere else.

After you buy $50 in books, they send you a discount code for $5 off your next order (roughly 10%).

Thrift Books also offers an occasional discount, but it amounts to a few pennies.

Recently they've been running a promotion: 2 for $7, 3 for $10, and 4 for $12 which puts them in line with AbeBooks below.

AbeBooks (Used)


Abebooks.com
A site that I don't use that much is Abebooks.

Their prices are great and they have free shipping. The bad news is the site is a little harder to navigate than Thrift Books.

Abe Books represents thousands of independant booksellers worldwide.

Used books start at $2.97 which is a bit cheaper than Thrift Books even after the 10% off of a $50 order.

This choice is yours.

Science Fiction / Fantasy Books

The Adept (1991) by Katherine Kurtz and Deborah Turner Harris

Apprentice Adept (1980) by Piers Anthony

The Black Tower Series (1982) by Stephen King

The Chronicles of Amber (1970) by Roger Zelazny

The Crystal Cave (1970) by Mary Stewart

The Dragonriders of Pern Series (1968) by Anne McCaffrey

The Dresden Files (2000) by Jim Butcher

Ender's Game (1985) by Orson Scott Card

The Fallen 1 (2003) by Thomas E. Sniegoski

Foundation Series (1942/1951) by Isaac Asimov

The Last Herald Mage Trilogy (1989) by Mercedes Lackey

Macroscope (1969) by Piers Anthony

The Magic of Xanth (1977) by Piers Anthony

Rendezvous with Rama (1973) by Arthur C. Clarke

The Riftwar Saga (1982) by Raymond E. Feist

Soul Rider (Flux and Anchor) (1984) by Jack L. Chalker

Stranger in a Strange Land (1961) by Robert A. Heinlein

Tek War Series (1989) by William Shatner and Ron Goulart (Reviewed 13 Jul 16)

The Twilight Saga (2005) by Stephenie Meyer

The Wheel of Time (1984) by Robert Jordan / Brandon Sanderson

Science Fiction / Fantasy Periodicals

Analog Magazine

Asimov's Science Fiction

Fantasy & Science Fiction

Lightspeed Magazine

Drama Books

The Cat Who Books (1966) by Lilian Jackson Braun

The Jack Reacher Series (1997) by Lee Child

The Kinsey Millhone Alphabet Mysteries (1982) by Sue Grafton

The Lords of Discipline (1980) by Pat Conroy

The Stephanie Plum Number Mysteries (1994) by Janet Evanovich

The Magical Cat Mysteries (2011) by Sofie Kelly

The Haunted Yarn Shop Mysteries (2012) by Molly MacRae

 

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