Best Bargains for Book Buyers

Do you want to get your books for the lowest prices possible?

I certainly do.

This past week I learned that there are a number of sites that compare book prices.

These 13 sites show varying results when I input the title of my debut novel as an example. I’ve put an asterisk after the five sites that produced at least five U.S. comparisons.*****

Using one of these sites could help you save money, enabling you to s-t-r-e-t-c-h your book-buying dollars. In my book, that’s a very good thing.

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Do you compare prices before making your online book purchases, or do you tend to do most of your shopping at one bookseller’s site?

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About Keli Gwyn

I'm an award-winning author of inspirational historical romance smitten with the Victorian Era. I'm currently writing for Harlequin's Love Inspired Historical line of wholesome, faith-filled romances. My debut novel, A Bride Opens Shop in El Dorado, California, was released July 1, 2012. I'm represented by Rachelle Gardner of Book & Such Literary. I live in a Gold Rush-era town at the foot of the majestic Sierras. My favorite places to visit are my fictional worlds, other Gold Country towns and historical museums. When I'm not writing I enjoy taking walks, working out at Curves™ and reading.
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16 Responses to Best Bargains for Book Buyers

  1. Sherrinda says:

    Wow! I had no idea some of those sites existed! Thank you for sharing!

    I usually purchase from amazon. I sometimes buy the used books, or just order the full price…when something new hits the shelves. Oh…and KINDLE books, of course. 🙂

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      I’m with you, Sherrinda. I do most of my book buying on Amazon. Their prices are hard to beat. However, now that I know B&N offers free shipping on orders over $25 just like Amazon, I’ll be going with B&N whenever I can. They seem to be working hard to match Amazon’s prices. And for sales, Christianbook is hard to beat. I got Erica Vetsch’s A Bride’s Portrait for just $4.69 recently, and it’s cover price is $12.99!

  2. I’m with Sherrinda. Amazon usually tends to be the cheapest (at least, with sellers I’ve checked out), so I usually just go with that price. But I’ll have to check these sites out…

    Happy Friday, Keli!

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Lindsay, like you I used to be an auto-pilot book buyer. I’d head to Amazon, assuming they had the lowest price. However, the recent price war between Amazon and B&N on my debut novel has shown me that B&N is doing its best to provide serious competition. The two companies have dropped the price of A Bride Opens Shop from the $12.99 cover price down to just $5.35. It seems Books-A-Million isn’t going to let Amazon and B&N get all the business. By using the comparison sites in this post, I learned that BAM! is offering my book for $6.74. The winners, as I see it, are the customers, since the companies can’t be making any money at those prices.

  3. Wealthy of knowledge here. You just opened my eyes. Must look into this!
    ~ Wendy

  4. Wow! I had no idea these sites existed! I tend to do most of my online buying through or, but I’ll be compare shopping using these sites. My husband will be so proud of me. 🙂

  5. Donna Pyle says:

    How cool, Keli! Like Erica, I didn’t know about most of those sites. Thanks for this handy dandy list to keep close by. Woo Hoo! 🙂

  6. Gillian says:

    I’m like everyone else, I had no idea! Thanks so much for sharing. 🙂

  7. Gillian says:

    Oh, and as a Mom who just looked at the prices on her daughter’s textbooks for next semester…another huge thanks!! 😉

  8. Anonymous says:

    I tend to go to one site … it’s just easier. But you’ve done the working of helping me shop around. Thanks, Keli! I love how our blog posts went hand-in-hand today!

  9. bethkvogt says:

    Sheesh. Anonymous is me, Keli. Don’t know why I wasn’t logged in.

  10. Loree Huebner says:

    Wow! Thanks for the info…that’s amazing, Keli!

  11. i usually just google the title, hit “shopping” results, and find the cheapest price that way. i’m looking to buy melanie dickerson’s latest book, and when i typed it in on of the sites, it said i could get it for $1.89! i was stoked, clicked on it….and it was $8.99. [blows raspberry]

    but it’s always worth a try to save a buck!

  12. the writ and the wrote says:

    I tend to buy from Amazon, since I have a Kindle. I started using Amazon regularly in college when I was an English major and needed my books ASAP – they were always the fastest, even when buying from an outside seller. That being said, this is a great list and one that I will hang on to for future reference.

  13. Tonnie Heckathorn says:

    I had always purchased my books from a bookstore. Now that we have moved to the rural mts. the closest bookstore is over an hour away. I now purchase books online. Thanks so much for the web sites for price comparisons, they will be very helpful. Have a great week!

  14. Lots of fantastic information here, Keli!

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