So I said I’ll write a post about Fully Booked special order service as soon as I get the books that I ordered. Several people have already asked about this service. So what is it exactly? I know I usually complain about the non-availability of books here in the Philippines and how hard it is to look for some of the books that I want. This problem is solved by Fully Booked’s special order service, where they can order any book that you want at no extra charge and with no down payment needed. With other bookstores, they ask you to pay for shipping which usually makes the book cost twice as much. I wonder why people avail of that service when they can order directly online if they’re willing to pay for shipping? Anyway, with Fully Booked’s service, you can order any book that’s still on print, even if they don’t have it in their current database.
What’s the downside of this service? It takes four to eight weeks for the books to get here because they consolidate orders from one publisher. Patience is a virtue that I don’t have so I keep bugging the customer service people to ask them if my order has arrived. Sorry for that, customer service people! It’s just that I want to get the books as soon as possible.
So how do you go about ordering? Call any Fully Booked branch and tell them the title and author of the book that you’re requesting together with your name and contact number. I’m sure you can also email Lucy at firstname.lastname@example.org with the same information. You can also follow Lucy on Twitter and Facebook. Also, there’s a special order form found in their website.
The first special order book that I got was Brightly Woven by Alexandra Bracken and I have a review of it over here. I guess Fully Booked ordered a lot of books from Egmont USA (Brightly Woven‘s publisher) because I got the book only two weeks after I ordered it. It was P699 for the hardcover edition, which is the usual price for those kinds of books.
For my next order, I decided to ask for copies of Tigana by Guy Gavriel Kay, which still hasn’t arrived, and the President’s Daughter series, which arrived in the Trinoma branch yesterday. The trade paperback books cost P460 each for The President’s Daughter, White House Autumn, Long Live the Queen and P828 for Long May She Reign. I asked why the last book is almost double the price of the first three when they all have the same publisher and they come in the same edition. They said that it’s probably because it was the first time that they got the book? I don’t know, maybe they also got it at a higher price from the publisher. In any case, I didn’t really mind.
So, have any of you given this service a try? Leave a comment about your experience if you have. 🙂 This is a service that I just discovered and I have a feeling I’m going to take advantage of it frequently. Although next time, I probably won’t order series books. The self is happy but the bank account isn’t. 😛