GET THE BEST BOOKS FOR THE BEST PRICES

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There is something to be said about physically walking into a bookstore, the aroma of paper and ink wafting from the shelves, feeling the hard copies in your hands.

Buuuut shopping online is a guilty pleasure, as well.
There is a tingling bliss every time I find a package on my steps.
The book fairy has come again!

What did I order this time? what did i order

We have created the ultimate online-book-buying guide!
Every one of the websites below has their perks, as well as their downfalls. Perhaps you are buying a new book, or a limited edition, or a signed edition, or one that has been out for a while- there is always an option to shop-smart!LemonadePixel_Dividers-10book_outlet_logobookoutlet.com

PROS

Inexpensive (& I quote, “read-iculously low prices)
Free shipping on orders $35+
♥ Plentitude of children’s books
♥ Option to buy a “Scratch & Dent Copy” for an even lower price

CONS

Limited options
♦ Potentially damaged

FIRST HAND EXPERIENCE

I have purchased numerous books from bookoutlet.com. While most have arrived in near perfect condition, others have been not so perfect (see example below). Regardless, you really cannot beat their prices.book outlet damageLemonadePixel_Dividers-102000px-Barnes_&_Noble_logo.svg

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PROS

Plethora of books– you will most likely find what you’re looking for here
Textbooks– ability to buy/sell used textbooks
Membership options (for $25/yr. members will receive numerous coupons, free shipping, & easy check-out)
NOOK (e-reader)

CONS

♦ Can be expensive
♦ Zero dunnage (books move freely within the cardboard box)
♦ Zero waterproofing (books are not plastic wrapped)
♦ Limited local/small-time authors

FIRST HAND EXPERIENCE
I don’t buy books from barnesandnoble.com often. Nonetheless, they send me ENDLESS coupons. Just recently, my temptation got the best of me and I purchased two books: Force of Nature by Jane Harper (a signed-copy) and The Last Mrs. Parrish by Liv Constantine.

Needless to say, I was psyched for my signed copy to arrive. I mean LOOK at this beauty…Force of Nature collage

Since there is a serious lack of dunnage, I found that BOTH books were damaged upon delivery (see below). I mean COME ON! Barnes & Noble is a MAJOR book seller… they should have figured out protective packaging by now. *smh*barnes and noble damage.jpgLemonadePixel_Dividers-10logoBlinddatewithabook.com

PROS

♥ Great way to find new & interesting books that you most likely wouldn’t have picked off the shelf
Fun packaging! Everyone loves surprises, right?!
♥ To state the obvious- no more judging books based off of the cover
Inexpensive (£7.99)

CONS

♦May have already read the book
Shipping cost/time- (the company is based in England and shipping takes 7-12 days for US and 21 days for Canada)
♦ Only paperback options (preference)

FIRST HAND EXPERIENCE
So far, I have ordered three books from Blind Date with a Book (see below). I had not read or heard of any of them; even my predictions were wrong! I highly recommend this company & will definitely buy from them again!

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BOOK OF THE MONTH 
LIT JOY CRATE
OWL CRATE
THE BOOKWORM BOX
…to name a few

PROS

Glut of book subscription companies to choose from (i.e. Book of the Month, Lit Joy Crate, Owl Crate, The Bookworm Box, The Bookish Box, etc.)
Surprise element
♥ Some come with book accessories (bookmarks, canvas totes, etc.)
♥ Options to ‘skip’ a month

CONS

♦ Don’t always get to choose what you are getting
♦ Can get pricey
♦ May have already read the book

FIRST HAND EXPERIENCE
Book of the Month is my preferred book subscription box; I highly recommend it. On the first of every month, BOTM announces the five novels that you get to choose from. You also have the option to add a second (or third, or fourth – I have no self control) novel for $9.99.

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I have to say, this company dominates the world of packaging techniques. Not only do the books arrive plastic-wrapped, there is a cardboard insert within the plastic to prevent dents when the books shifts during shipment.

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PROS

♥ Picture this: it is basically a Target with less food and more books. Need I say more?
♥ Plethora of book accessories that you didn’t know you needed
♥ Plum Points reward system (a.k.a. free stuff)
♥ Aesthetically pleasing, easy to use website
Decent prices

CONS

♦ If you live outside of Canada, shipping is painfully expensive

*I do not have any first-hand experience with this company, although I have heard endless great things about the company from my bookstagram/book blogging pals.*

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PROS

Anything & everything that you need
♥ Option to buy used books
♥ Option to buy paperback or hardcover
Great prices
♥ Shipping options

CONS

♦ Potentially damaged during shipping
Returns can be finicky (depending on the company that the book actually came from)

FIRST HAND EXPERIENCE
I love Amazon. It’s hard to beat the consistency of their shipping. With just one click, I can [usually] find and buy books that I cannot find elsewhere, and the prices are hard to beat!

Did you know that Amazon has started to open brick & mortar stores? Check out my experience HERE.LemonadePixel_Dividers-10blonde vs books header blue and green small5

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