Reading broadens the mind and fills it with knowledge. I have my Mom to thank for inculcating the love for reading in me. I have her too to thank for my spending lots of money buying bookshelves to hold my numerous books above all other household furniture. One of the first things I bought for my new home was a set of book cases. Priorities! 😀
So, I know there are also bibliophiles out there amongst all of you who come to my site to read about makeup and beauty – hey! That’s reading too! 😉 – and who love books too. I have a site to share with you which I discovered recently that ships books worldwide for free – am so happy 😛
But before we go on, please take a look at what some of my sisters in beauty blogging have been saying in March 2010
- Look good in 5 steps – its not hard! – AskMeWhats
- I want to go for this Sothys Collagene Hyaluronic Intensive Treatment! – RedLusciousLips
- Try this DIY face mask with artichoke tea to calm your skin – Soloverly
- See Beetrice look like Dragonball at her latest hair escapade – Beetrice’s Reviews
- You can’t beat the Lipglosseater for MAC swatches of the whole Spring Colour Forecast collection – LipGlossEater
- Why Connie does not use local drugstore eyeshadows – SkinDeco
And as for the site for books? Its the Book Depository which is based in the UK. I’ll share my experience shopping with them below.
I first knew of this site from LeGeeque who had a book sent to me. She did warn me that shipping might take a while, but since it was free neither of us were complaining. To my surprise however, the book got here in about 10 days in a bubble envelope and in good condition.
That prompted me to head on down to Book Depository to see what else I could find. To my utter joy, they had books I had been slaving over to find in our local bookstores! Its not a popular author so we don’t get all the books in the series she writes (for any one wondering, its the Marcus Didius Falco historical crime series by Lindsey Davis) but I found nearly all the missing books in my collection online and so I ordered them all – 5 of them. Payment can be made by Paypal.
The books took about 2 weeks to get to me and amusingly, each book comes in its own package so I received 5 packages over a few days. Not that I was complaining because it gave me something to look forward to 😀
Oh one other good thing – prices of many books are discounted. On average, each of my books were about US$10 (RM35) as opposed to RM42.90 here. Some are discounted by a lot, some by only a little and prices are quoted in USD, GBP, EURO, AUD and CAD. After you convert it into RM, its still cheaper than buying books in store here so I’m not complaining at all!
I have already preordered the paperback for the latest Terry Pratchett – Unseen Academicals – because I don’t know when it’ll get here or if it’ll come in a cover I want. Besides I only got it for US$9 😀
I found book selection quite impressive. There are many categories including children’s books and activity books and bestsellers too so there is something for everyone. I don’t think you can use the receipts as a tax deduction (for those in Malaysia) but I’m not too fussed about that. I’m very disillusioned with bookstores locally and if I can shop from home with free ship, and get books I want in the covers I want, all the better 😛 You can tell I’m fussy about my covers eh?
I will tell you that I have signed up as an affiliate for Book Depository which means that I get a small commission if you purchase anything using my affiliate links. It’ll help pay for my hosting bills if nothing else – but its your choice 🙂
Now do excuse me. I have some online book shopping to do! 😉 I think its that free shipping and discounted prices that’s really getting to me, as with all other sorts of shopping expeditions 😉
Are you a bibliophile too? I’m already thinking of getting another bookcase but I have nowhere else to put it!