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Old 08.09.2009, 21:47
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When looking at UK prices for soft cover books keep in mind that there are often two formats that are sold. The first is what they call "UK airport edition" which is essentially the size of a hard cover book but in soft cover. The other format is you standard paperback format. The prices of the two tend to vary (UK airport more expensive of course).
This is a good point, it's easy to accidentally not order the cheapest possible one unless you do a good trawl. There have been a couple of times where searching on a title on Book Depository has thrown up a more expensive edition of the same book that's cheaper lower down - it doesn't happen often enough for it to feel deliberate, so it's probably done by publishing date, or what colour the cover is or some such irrelevance.

I've never come across the expression 'UK airport edition', though - the size of book you're talking about in publishing is called C format, but is known more colloquially as a book club edition. (If anyone 's interested, the little mass market paperbacks are called A format, and the slightly larger but not hardback size often used for more literary fiction is B format. Makes a right mess of my shelves, all these different sizes - I'd love to arrange by genre but have given up in favour of shelving by height.)

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This is a good point, it's easy to accidentally not order the cheapest possible one unless you do a good trawl. There have been a couple of times where searching on a title on Book Depository has thrown up a more expensive edition of the same book that's cheaper lower down - it doesn't happen often enough for it to feel deliberate, so it's probably done by publishing date, or what colour the cover is or some such irrelevance.

I've never come across the expression 'UK airport edition', though - the size of book you're talking about in publishing is called C format, but is known more colloquially as a book club edition. (If anyone 's interested, the little mass market paperbacks are called A format, and the slightly larger but not hardback size often used for more literary fiction is B format. Makes a right mess of my shelves, all these different sizes - I'd love to arrange by genre but have given up in favour of shelving by height.)

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I've tried shelving by alphabetical order and height. Now I shelve by colour of spine.
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Old 08.09.2009, 22:15
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I've tried shelving by alphabetical order and height. Now I shelve by colour of spine.
Ooh, I could try that! I mostly find them on the shelf anyway by thinking 'Now, I know it's A format and has got an orangey-browny spine with that Gothic style writing... ah, there it is.' Mine are also all double-stacked due to no house possessing enough wall space for that many bookshelves, so the colour arranging idea could really work there.

You can tell we didn't pay to move our own belongings over, can't you! I went round a whole load of charity/ thrift shops before we moved over, buying books by the metre, as 'not enough to read' was my second biggest concern after 'how will the kids get on in the local school?' And now I mostly ignore those books, and have the ones I actually want posted in.

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Re: Where to order English books online

JennifromSC: How efficient is using Kindle in Switzerland. I understand that you can't download books on wi-fi... Are there alternatives to do so? I am planning to buy an e-book reader but am confused, which one to pick - Sony/ Kindle?

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Old 09.09.2009, 08:48
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Re: Where to order English books online

in the Netherlands I used http://www.bol.com and saw they also have a swiss site. (http://www.bol.ch ). I didn't try it yet and have the impression that the collection of english books is smaller than in NL but they might have what you are looking for.
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Old 09.09.2009, 09:22
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JennifromSC: How efficient is using Kindle in Switzerland. I understand that you can't download books on wi-fi... Are there alternatives to do so? I am planning to buy an e-book reader but am confused, which one to pick - Sony/ Kindle?

Cheers, GS

My Husband and I use the eBook and my father-in-law uses Kindle. No complaints from any of us on either one. The new ebook has a handy built-in light. The sony library is easy to use too. So much better than having to worry about ordering!
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My Husband and I use the eBook and my father-in-law uses Kindle. No complaints from any of us on either one. The new ebook has a handy built-in light. The sony library is easy to use too. So much better than having to worry about ordering!
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Re: Where to order English books online

I'm another new Book Depository fan!!! Thanks everyone for the tip I was agonizing over whether my Amazon purchases was going to get taxed (I waited till I had 4 books to save on postage)... but I ended up ordering from the book depository instead.

Price per book is slightly higher - I guess they incorporate the shipping costs -- but I love it that I can buy one book at a time now, whenever I want, and not worry about the import duties/taxes.

Only problem is that processing and delivery times can be pretty slow. I've had books delivered in a week, but some came only after 2 weeks. I'm still waiting for my 6th purchase to arrive Not going to complain too much as long as they turn up!
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Old 20.09.2009, 15:34
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Re: Where to order English books online

Swisscath has English Books available online
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Re: Where to order English books online

Maybe I like the simple life and so when I've got the ISBN, I just order from the local bookshop (Lüthy, Solothurn)

They have always come up with the goods, quickly and without complication - even pretty specialist books.
For that I'm willing to pay, although have never found it to be so expensive.
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Re: Where to order English books online

but i always find books in switzerland to be overpriced. for instance, "Drawing on the right side of the brain" was 40CHF at orell fuesli, but only 16CHF when I bought it online through the book depository. And if i can't buy it off the shelf when i'm at the store, the next best thing is to have it delivered straight to my post box Don't really want to make a second trip back to the store.
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Old 20.09.2009, 17:03
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Re: Where to order English books online

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but i always find books in switzerland to be overpriced. for instance, "Drawing on the right side of the brain" was 40CHF at orell fuesli, but only 16CHF when I bought it online through the book depository. And if i can't buy it off the shelf when i'm at the store, the next best thing is to have it delivered straight to my post box Don't really want to make a second trip back to the store.
Yes books at orell fuesli always seem incredibly overpriced.
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Yes books at orell fuesli always seem incredibly overpriced.
I don't mind because the books are free-range and hormone-free. Oh.. wait...


For online purchases, amazon.de has been great -- no taxes, no shipping charges, decent shipping time. I just bought a sample with bookdepository.co.uk and we'll see how long long the shipping takes, the prices seem very good, though.

Have you seen this? I spotted myself and it creeps me out.
http://www.bookdepository.co.uk/live
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Re: Where to order English books online

Hi all,

I've bough tonnes of books from PLAY.com! I use amazon to read reviews and hunt down what I want then order it from play. I would say 75% of the time they are cheaper and when they are not, become cheaper when you take in account delivery fees.
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Re: Where to order English books online

One can order from them too, very prompt service and good prices too..

http://www.english-book-service.com/
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Have you seen this? I spotted myself and it creeps me out.
http://www.bookdepository.co.uk/live
Was there any privacy opt-out box to tick when you signed up? Seems like a gross invasion of privacy.
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Was there any privacy opt-out box to tick when you signed up? Seems like a gross invasion of privacy.
But it doesn't say who ordered what. Just which book was ordered (from which country).
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Re: Where to order English books online

Books, toys etc. on your list for Christmas ??

I just received a link from The Book Depository UK for 10% off on everything on the site. Not just books.

Here is the link you need to use to get the 10% off coupon at checkout.

http://www.bookdepository.co.uk/nlxm...er-December-09

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Hi Verbier,

Thanks for the link! Where did you find it? I subscribe to their newsletter and thoroughly scoured the most recent one before buying a book LAST NIGHT but did not see any discounts. Grrrr. Wish I was more patient before placing my order, but I think I'll buy more books with this discount tonight! I would realllly appreciate it if you could let me know where I can find/receive discount links... Thanks!!
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Re: Where to order English books online

I order mostly from play.com Ordered a couple of hundred euros in books 3 weeks ago. If the books are not too large or haevy, they will be delivered into your letter box. Otherwise, the charge is quite high, it's true. However, having them delivered one by one seems to be the best way.... you will qualify for free shipping cos of the large order and if each book wont be too bulky, they wont make you pay here too.
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