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Buying books online?!

Hi everybody,

Does anyone know of a Swiss (or nearby) website like Amazon or Barnes & Noble where I can buy books in English or French without paying the extra $40 US for shipping from the States?

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Old 10.03.2008, 12:14
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Re: Buying books online?!

Try e-bay England i often get mine from there and they are cheap to send. Whats kind of books are you looking for?
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Old 10.03.2008, 12:15
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Hi everybody,

Does anyone know of a Swiss (or nearby) website like Amazon or Barnes & Noble where I can buy books in English or French without paying the extra $40 US for shipping from the States?

Thanks!

Miranda
There's Amazon.de for one, books.ch for another.

HOWEVER, as the CHF is on par with the US dollar, you may find that it's worth paying the shipping/taxes/tipping the postman rather than paying the markup on the books that you would pay here in Europe.
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Old 10.03.2008, 12:16
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Re: Buying books online?!

I use www.bookdepository.co.uk

The books are often discounted and it is free shipping to Switzerland. They don't always have everything in stock but I've found them to be really good.

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Re: Buying books online?!

That's a great idea, thank you!

I'm looking for eh, everything, anything. Maybe fiction, cookbooks, books about Switzerland, maybe an Italian language textbook.

Thanks again.
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Old 10.03.2008, 12:19
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Re: Buying books online?!

I usually get the ISBN and then look on Amazon.de - free postage ain't bad but as Greg pointed out - the dollar's not doing so well.

I often use the Amazon marketplace too. Second hand books - good for the environment
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Re: Buying books online?!

or Ritchie sells English books on-line from Germany, and he was offering a discount up until end of last year. Maybe you could persuade him to extend it?

10% Discount On Over 1 Million English Books For English Forum Members
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I use www.bookdepository.co.uk

The books are often discounted and it is free shipping to Switzerland. They don't always have everything in stock but I've found them to be really good.

Kate
I second Kate's vote. Have bought from Book Depository many times. They got all my lunch money now.
Free shipping to anywhere, they say.
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Old 10.03.2008, 12:49
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Re: Buying books online?!

You can also try Stauffacher , pricey for English, but French titles are good value
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Re: Buying books online?!

I find that the savings from the book prices more than make up for shipping from the US, unless it's something you need urgently. Especially when it comes to big photo books.
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Re: Buying books online?!

http://www.play.com/ now do books as well.
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Old 11.03.2008, 15:39
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Jokers have some good English books and are pretty cheap to send www.jokers.ch
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Re: Buying books online?!

I've ordered from Amazon.co.uk - it costs about gbp3 to get delivered and I've (not yet) had to pay any tax.
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Re: Buying books online?!

I agree that BookDepository are very good. OTOH support a Forum Member (myself!) and buy from www.english-book-service.com - we deduct German VAT (7% on books) on all sales to Switzerland automatically and charge just EUR 3 per order for postage irrespective of how many books you order. Discounts for fellow forum members shipping to Switzerland - sure just ask me for the discount code and will mail to you.

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Hi
Thanks for the tip about the BookDepository-I've just realised I've ordered thru them via Amazon and paid extra postage whereas I should gone to their website to get free shipping. Duh! Now I know, great forum guys...!!!
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Re: Buying books online?!

Another thing I do is go and check out the books at Orrell Fussli English speaking one (eg. theres one in Zurich) and then order them online -amazon.uk or amazon.de (free shipping for books), or ebay (uk) whichever is cheapest
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Hi

I have ordered English books from http://www.books.ch/shop/action/?aUrl=90007790 which is Orell Fussli online

Also http://www.offtheshelf.ch/en/home/index.shtml who are based in Geneva but delivered quickly to me in Zurich.

I also get books from http://www.pileofbooks.ch in Weidikon - they have a good selection but they are a little expensive (I haven't really had time to take a good look at the second-hand selection they have.

There is this shop oin Adliswil 2nd hand book shop - http://www.brew-and-browse.ch/ I haven't been there yet but keep intending to.

Good luck & happy hunting
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Old 11.03.2008, 22:35
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I find that the savings from the book prices more than make up for shipping from the US, unless it's something you need urgently. Especially when it comes to big photo books.
Except if you are talking about scientific books. The "not for sale in the U.S." sticker on the European version usually cuts the price in half... amazon.de and the amazon marketplace are my favorites...
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Re: Buying books online?!

Have you had trouble finding yomething in Exlibris?
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Have you had trouble finding yomething in Exlibris?
Exlibris are not renowned for carrying English language books, at least not here in Bern, I don't recall seeing a huge amount of French language books here either.



In Kanton Bern, some of the Loeb stores also have a small English section.

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