Dovegreyreader and The Book Depository

Dovegreyreader scribbles features a post "Whispering quietly…" about the probable superiority of the Book Depository over Amazon. As regular readers will know, I have been driven increasingly mad by Amazon over the past few months since they "fell out" with Google and installed their own search engine, A9, which is nothing like as good and is too focused on trying to sell you things that aren’t (say) books by the author whose name you have keyed in.

Before Christmas I tried the new Waterstone’s online service (Waterstones have terminated their relationship with Amazon, on which they used to have a "Waterstone’s store" complete with newsletter, and are now running their own operation). But although Waterstone’s matches Amazon on the postage deal (for the UK), it has a low stock even not counting Amazon’s vast "marketplace" of booksellers, and is not anything like as good on price either. I also tried, in a fit of supporting independent booksellers, but the site just can’t compete I’m afraid (though  I do buy books from independent booksellers if I am ever anywhere where I pass an open independent bookshop).

From Dovegreyreader’s post and the many comments to it, The Book Depository passes the test. I am not sure any site that sells things could be quite as much fun to while away an hour or two as Amazon (even though the UK site does not yet sell used toilet tissue, sadly), but I’m determined to give it a serious try now.

I am unable to find my earlier post on the Book Depository even with the help of the so-far dependable Google search box, but I don’t recall it being particularly profound.

4 thoughts on “Dovegreyreader and The Book Depository

  1. Particularly infuriating for me with the search engine is the fact that you can’t sort by publication date. Pretty obvious I would have thought – we often get asked for the new XXX which isn’t always on the library catalogue. I also used to use it extensively to get info for my website. Another gripe is that when the books are sent out they’re not wrapped up and can move around inside the cardboard. They did use to be shrink wrapped. I’ve moaned before about getting damamaged books and did get a small refund. Usually the books are gifts as I don’t buy many for myself and you want them in pristine condition. I may give TBD a go myself.

  2. Thanks, Maxine and Dovegreyreader.
    This is the sort of information that needs spreading around, then perhaps Amazon will improve their service.
    As Karen says, frequently the package size bears no resemblance to the size of the book. You have enough cardboard to fill a landfill for a couple of 200 page paperbacks.

  3. Hi, I’ve used The Book Depository a couple of times recently. The free postage to Australia is an absolute winner for me. I do find the site very difficult to navigate and not being able to pre-order drives me insane. Customer Service is also quite poor…I’ve sent in some Feedback and a question to the ‘help’ email address and still haven’t heard back over a week later…not even an auto reply.

  4. I agree that the site isn’t as good as Amazon, Derek — price, choice etc. Unfortunately, I don’t live in Australia so unable to test out the free postage there, though.

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