Shopping for a book worms or an avid reader? While tablets and e-readers are becoming increasingly popular amongst gift givers, not all book lovers have abandoned the need to feel the cover, smell the binding, and turn the physical page of a new publication. This means that you’re going to have to do a little online shopping to really find gifts for book lovers since the number of dedicated bookstores in cities are becoming a dying indulgence. Thankfully, there are plenty of ways to save. Below are a few online book sellers that offer discounts on your next book gift:
1. Book Outlet
Book Outlet (formerly known as bookcloseouts) is a bestseller across the Internet in the world of bargainbooks. The majority of their selections are priced 50 to 90 percent off the list price. You’ll find books for all ages, including coffee table reads, biographies, Tweens/YA section, arts and craft titles, DIY, and Finger Puppet Books for kids (as seen below).
In addition to selling brand new books, they also have a scratch and dent section that helps avid readers save more money on their most-wanted titles. Sold as is, these books might have noticeable dents, scratches and other minor cosmetic issues such as a torn or missing dust jacket.
When you join their newsletter, you’ll receive periodic savings (such as $5 off coupons) and news alerts on the latest sales, promotional offers (like free shipping or saving on a specific category of books), and new arrivals added to their collection.
2. Barnes & Noble
Over the years, the physical book store has become a dying breed, and Barnes & Noble is still holding on to their brick-and-mortar presence – in addition to selling their publications online. Coupons and promo codes for this popular bookstore work both offline and online, which means that you can save more money on already-discounted books and gift ideas for the bibliophile.
Don’t forget to check out the ‘Bargain’ section of B&N.com, where you’ll find clearance sales that take up to 85% off former bestsellers and top titles. You can also browse titles that are priced under $5 or $10.
Additionally, with a $25 B&N membership, you’ll receive free express shipping, in-store discounts, everyday discounts on purchases, and $50 in extra coupons for new members.
With a selection of more than 175 million new and used books, Alibris is home to an array of new releases, best-selling authors, and the classics. The online book retailer is also a good place to search for hard-to-find titles and rare books, and out-of-print publications. To save additional money, don’t forget to check out Alibris’ designated ‘Sale’ category, which also includes deals such as “Cheap Books from 99 Cents.”
Connecting book lovers to thousands of sellers online, browse the selection of publications sold at AbeBooks.com to find gifts that include first editions, large print, signed, used, and brand new books. One of the unique features of this online retailer is the Weird Book Room, where you’ll find some of the strangest, oddest, and most bizarre titles. You never know what you will find in this section.
From 50 Best Food Memoirs to 50 Essential Travel Books, the site also provides helpful resources that can introduce you to titles that might make ideal gifts for loved ones and friends.
Additionally, the site allows you to purchase international takes and unique cover art for some of your favorite classics, as seen below in the various covers for George Orwell’s ‘1984‘.
Customers often save money with AbeBooks.com by browsing titles sold by an array of different booksellers, as well as through free shipping offers. Many titles ship for free to the U.S. (and in some cases, worldwide free shipping is also offered).
In addition to selling a wide range of discounted merchandise, Overstock.com also has a Books, Movies, Music & Games section that offers lower prices on many titles that include fiction, literature, children’s books, non-fiction, photography, reference, computer, crafts and hobbies, cooking, and biographies.
The website also allows customers to arrange alerts for price drops in publications you think would make future gifts for book lovers.
With discounted and free shipping offers, especially if you are a member of Amazon Prime, Amazon.com is a haven for book lovers with millions of titles available for paperbacks, hardcovers, and Kindle e-books. The online retailer has periodic promo codes and deals on books throughout the year, as well as ships books for free with $35 worth of purchases. They also sell multiple copies of one title from different sellers so that you can choose from varying price points and conditions for new and used books. The site also has a section where you can save up to 50% off select titles.
Last but not least, we all know that any and everything is sold at eBay, including new, slightly used and rare books. When you’re looking to gift a book that completes a collection, find a unique signed edition, or save money on brand new titles, eBay typically provides a wide range of options to consider – from Buy It Now offers to auctions with starting bids. Some listings also ship for free or with a discount. You can buy one book, an entire collection, or an assortment of titles from one author. The possibilities are endless, and it’s quite easy to find book gifts that fit your budget more easily on eBay.