As crazy as it sounds, it took me two days to place an order for a book on BN.com. It’s a reference book, so I really wanted the hard copy. Amazon only sold it as Kindle or hardback (for $40). B&N had a paperback version, and it was 25% off. Perfect.
But then there’s shipping. It’s only $4, but the idea of it bugged me so I tried to find another book I wanted to bump my order up to $25. I couldn’t find another book I really wanted enough to spend money on, so I decided to stick with my original order. On Amazon, it’s easy to find a little item or beauty product to get the order to the free shipping min, but not at B&N. But the experience made me think about how ingrained my online shopping habits are, particularly for books.
Where do you like to shop online for books, and why? For reference or research materials I use Amazon, especially when I get a used item with free shipping. When it comes to fiction, I try to buy from publishers, but will often wait till there’s a sale. I used to load up on books at Fictionwise when they had the 40% off sales. As an author, I discovered I got almost no royalties on FW sales, and that was why. People only bought there when there was a sale.
Is price the most important issue? Convenience? I admit to impulse buys on the Kindle. Some publishers, like Silver and Total e-Bound have reader loyalty programs, and All Romance eBooks gives you 1 free for every 10 books you purchase. Or do you like to support your favorite publishers and authors and shop on the publisher site where they get full royalties?
And now, the polls.
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