Everytime I go to the internet to buy a book I feel that I get trapped by Amazon.com. I search for my title hoping for a different outcome, but Amazon is what I find. This morning… the same. I go to the internet to specifically purchase two books: The Great Game of Business and The New Rules of Marketing and PR. I think to myself… ughhh- Amazon. Then, a gimmer of hope… I can buy from the discounted used book selection. I’m happy… I can buy The Great Game of Business for me and my Dad for only $.90 each. Wow. Then, I realize that the shipping costs is $3.99. Okay… $3.99 isn’t too bad for one. But, it then gets complicated because I can’t buy 2 from the same vendor so I have to pay $3.99 twice… and unfortunately, it has to be shipped twice. yuck. not very good on our environment. So, after finding my second book selection which is only offered in new for $10+ and which qualifies for the Free SuperSaver Shipping on purchases of $25 or more… leaves me wondering why I don’t just buy 1 copy of the first book and I can get free shipping on everything and all three books can be shipped together. I gave up this morning.
All this to say… that’s why I get frustrated with Amazon.
This evening when I got home… I stumbled across Better World Books by searching google for used books for sale. What a change from Amazon… I just bought 3 books from Better World Books for what I felt was a fair price, supported carbon-free shipping, and most importantly… in a small way helped to improve the quality of life for people through literacy. Check out their impact thus far.
Check out these impressive stats..
Here’s the BWB blog.