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Old 05.07.2009, 21:47
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Where to buy English books for good prices?

Folks,

I was hoping to buy a few new English books. Is it chaper to buy online from any particular retailer? I wonder we have options like Indigo/Amazon/Chapters who at times even ship for free in North America. Anything for Switzerland? Thanks for the info. in advance.

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Re: Where to buy English books for good prices?

I buy most books (mostly literature, often older/ out of print titles) online from outside Switzerland - even with shipping costs added in I've found it less expensive than purchasing here.

I use Amazon .co.uk for english language titles, .de for German. It is often worthwhile to check between .co.uk, .de and .fr to find the best price.

Abe Books for second hand - abebooks.eu will bring up their various sites.

Powells in the US is often worth looking at as well - they have quite a good used book search. (They finally found a book I've been looking for for 9 years!) but shipping is expensive.

Given the hefty Post admin charges if you hit the duty/MWSt threshold, I've found it less expensive to do frequent smaller orders under the customs limit rather than one large one. YMMV.
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Old 06.07.2009, 08:25
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Folks,

I was hoping to buy a few new English books. Is it chaper to buy online from any particular retailer? I wonder we have options like Indigo/Amazon/Chapters who at times even ship for free in North America. Anything for Switzerland? Thanks for the info. in advance.

cheers,
sean
Hi Sean,

I see that you're in Lausanne, so the first place that comes to mind is this one, owned by a member of the forum (book worm): http://www.englishbookstore.ch/

There have been several threads on this forum about ordering books online - here are some of them:

Buying books online?!

http://www.englishforum.ch/sale-want...clopedias.html

If you order from overseas, I'd also advise you to search the forum to get tips on how to order so you don't pay extra tax on your packages.
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Old 06.07.2009, 08:33
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Re: Where to buy English books for good prices?

I buy lots of big photo books - there're usually cheaper from Amazon US compared to UK but the shipping charges can even things out, plus it takes longer to arrive from the US.
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Old 06.07.2009, 08:35
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Re: Where to buy English books for good prices?

bookdepository.co.uk ships for free from the UK; their prices are pretty reasonable and selection good.
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Re: Where to buy English books for good prices?

if you come to Zurich then there's a BrokenHaus near the HB and on the third floor they have a large selection of English Books (obv 2nd hand)
Very Very good prices.
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if you come to Zurich then there's a BrokenHaus near the HB and on the third floor they have a large selection of English Books (obv 2nd hand)
Very Very good prices.
Thanks Alzurich .I went to that brockenhaus today..it had a very decent collection of books and the prices were really really good.
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Re: Where to buy English books for good prices?

I'm still up and running until September. Loads of new books at half price and 100's of 2nd hand books too.
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Old 27.07.2009, 18:54
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Re: Where to buy English books for good prices?

I order books from Amazon's UK site. The .de site does free delivery for Switzerland but I tend to do a comparison on these 2 sites and the UK does work out to be cheaper even with delivery costs.
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Re: Where to buy English books for good prices?

There's also the Book Brocki in Zürich, Luzern, Basel and Aarau

http://www.buecher-brocky.ch/
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Re: Where to buy English books for good prices?

play.com they give free delivery to switzerland
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Re: Where to buy English books for good prices?

"Good Books" offers FREE SHIPPING WORLDWIDE!! (https://www.goodbooksnz.co.nz/)

Also, they are a not-for-profit organisation which benefits Oxfam...so you get the books and the warm fuzzy for a good deed.

Great for us kiwis who have held onto our New Zealand credit cards, and so far their customer service has been great
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Re: Where to buy English books for good prices?

Thank you all a ton!
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Re: Where to buy English books for good prices?

englishbookstore.ch
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Re: Where to buy English books for good prices?

Also www.play.com, also free delivery, usually the cheapest in my experience
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Re: Where to buy English books for good prices?

I'm leaving Switzerland and have tons of books for good prices. What kind of books are you interested in? PM me I have a very diverse library.
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