I know I’ve mentioned Better World Books here several times before. I didn’t have such a great experience with my first order because it never arrived but they did refund my purchase so I gave them another try and I was luckier the second time around. I got The Changeover by Margaret Mahy and Outlaws of Sherwood by Robin McKinley. They have a pretty good selection of used and ex-library books. When my order arrived, it was delivered straight to the house and I didn’t need to pick it up at the post office. I haven’t ordered there again because there used to be $3.98 shipping fee to countries outside the US for each book. It’s not that big but if you get several books, the shipping fee accumulates. I got an email today that they now have FREE WORLDWIDE SHIPPING! 🙂 Oh joy, I can buy used books with free shipping! Here’s the email that I got:
Dear global customers,
From the beginning, we have had a goal to make Better World Books the world’s best online bookstore. A critical part of this has been affordable global shipping. As we have grown, we realized it became possible for us to offer our worldwide customers the same thing our USA customers enjoy: free shipping!
In order to achieve this, we have begun to take the weight of the books into account when we price them. This means that you will generally see paperback books being very affordable, hardcovers slightly more expensive, and some heavy textbooks significantly more expensive. On average, you will save over 50% off the original prices on used books.
We have also taken the opportunity to upgrade EVERY order to international priority shipping. In general, this will mean even faster and more reliable international shipping, although we were already upgrading some of you behind the scenes.
This is a big step, but it is just the beginning. We have plans for support for more currencies, more payment methods and even better delivery service for certain markets. Keep an eye on the site in this coming year.
Please write and let us know how we are doing. We love to hear from you!
Xavier and Kreece
Co-founders of Better World Books
I’m already thinking of what books I plan to order. I see that they have a copy of EEW’s Romance is a Wonderful Thing and also Life Without Friends. I have to check my wishlist and see what other out of print books are in there.