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Vanessa
Bibliomaniac
Currently reading: The Survivors by Kate Furnivall & The Clockmaker’s Daughter by Kate Morton (Pigeonhole)
Interest in HF: The first historical novel I read was Katherine by Anya Seton and this sparked off my interest in this genre.
Favorite HF book: Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell!
Preferred HF: Any
Location: North Yorkshire, UK

Postby Vanessa » Mon July 4th, 2011, 12:40 pm

I didn't know that! They must be having difficulties - I suppose it must be difficult if you're up against the likes of Amazon. Bookshops are suffering, took, I think. I know Waterstone's in the UK is. They can't really compete.
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Books are mirrors, you only see in them what you already have inside you ~ The Shadow of the Wind

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Jemidar
Avid Reader
Location: Adelaide, Australia

Postby Jemidar » Mon July 4th, 2011, 1:17 pm

"Amanda" wrote:Well the options are narrowing now that Amazon are going to buy The Book Depository.

Hope they keep their free shipping rates to Australia then.



NOOOOOOOOO!! That can only be be bad news!

Do you know if it's Amazon.com or Amazon UK that's buying it? And is it both the US and UK Book Depository or just one? I know Amazon UK has been feeling the pinch of UK BD.

What I really hate though more than the thought that I might soon be paying shipping again, is that soon we will all be buying our books from Amazon whether we want to or not :mad: .
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Misfit
Bibliomaniac
Location: Seattle, WA

Postby Misfit » Mon July 4th, 2011, 1:28 pm

Found this and a few other mentions by googling the two.
At home with a good book and the cat...
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Jemidar
Avid Reader
Location: Adelaide, Australia

Postby Jemidar » Mon July 4th, 2011, 1:45 pm

"Misfit" wrote:Found this and a few other mentions by googling the two.


Thanks Misfit.

Figured it was Amazon buying out the competition in their bid to rule the world...lol. Just hope they don't feel the need to fix something that's not broke--BD works just fine how it is!
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sweetpotatoboy
Bibliophile
Location: London, UK

Postby sweetpotatoboy » Mon July 4th, 2011, 2:04 pm

Interesting. Kind of a shame that a worthy competitor couldn't stand it alone. But also an indication that it was clearly making a decent dent in Amazon's market share.

As a UK resident, I pretty much stopped using The Book Depository once Amazon UK scrapped all domestic shipping charges a couple of years ago. BD's prices weren't particularly better than Amazon's and their range was not as broad. But I can see that it's free worldwide shipping was a boon to those overseas.

Will be interesting to see whether Amazon keeps BD as a separate entity with its own model, or eventually merges the two (and perhaps introduces its own free worldwide shipping?).

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Madeleine
Bibliomaniac
Currently reading: Heavenfield by L J Ross & Lost for Words by Stephanie Butland
Preferred HF: Plantagenets, Victorian, crime
Location: Essex/London

Postby Madeleine » Mon July 4th, 2011, 2:59 pm

EEk! I order quite a lot from BD - their prices are the same as Ammy, although their occasional extra 10% offers are also very welcome! I've also got some books off BD that even Amazon didn't have, such as a couple of Sara Donati's "Wilderness" series.

Amazon do free del in the UK so I can't see them re-introducing delivery charges, not for basic, simple orders like current paperbacks - hope not anyway.
Currently reading "Heavenfield" by L J Ross & "Lost for Words" by Stephanie Butland

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emr
Compulsive Reader
Location: Castilla

Postby emr » Mon July 4th, 2011, 7:15 pm

I've sometimes received books from BD with strange stickers as in from some little shop. I guess they have some local sources which explains why they have many books amazon doesnt have.

I've been watching their map for a while. In the last 90 minutes they have sold:
UK: 8 books
US and Canada: 6 books
AU, Malaysia etc: 4 books BUT they are mostly sleeping now I think
Other: 1 book
EU: 33 books with maybe a 15% going to Ireland

So what are amazon buying?

Little suppliers who can get the odd book?
BD's main market seem to be Europe. Is it hurting them that much?

*sigh* I guess the good days of free shipping are gone...
"So many books, so little time."
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Ariadne
Bibliophile
Location: At the foothills of Mt. Level

Postby Ariadne » Mon July 4th, 2011, 9:39 pm

I used to buy a lot directly from BD, but aside from a number of pending pre-orders, the majority of the UK books I'm after are listed as unavailable in their database. Maybe due to territory restrictions. They are, however, available for purchase through them via ABEbooks, so that's where I do the majority of my shopping. The free shipping deal is valid there too. I'm hoping that avenue won't disappear!

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Veronica
Avid Reader
Location: NT, Australia

Postby Veronica » Tue July 5th, 2011, 6:15 am

"Amanda" wrote:Well the options are narrowing now that Amazon are going to buy The Book Depository.

Hope they keep their free shipping rates to Australia then.



WHAT!?!?! :eek: They better not push the prices up! And keep the free postage!
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Veronica
Avid Reader
Location: NT, Australia

Postby Veronica » Tue July 5th, 2011, 6:20 am

"emr" wrote:I've been watching their map for a while.



I don't really believe their map- according to the map on my computer there is always someone buying a book in Alice Springs, Australia (and it's not me!) - what about the rest of the country? Just happen to be one buyer?
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