With the biggest range of books in the world all available to buy at the click of a button, it’s no wonder that Amazon has so quickly become the go to place for books. Its prices are the most competitive on the web, its review sections are comprehensive, trustworthy and informative, and its market place is unbeatable for cheap second hand books, especially for niche and otherwise expensive textbooks for research and study. Plus, once you are done with a book, you can trade it in, completely free of charge, and get a decent amount of cash to spend on whatever you want credited to your Amazon account within days of receipt.
As well as being the best at physical books, they are also the market leaders of eBooks, and the Amazon Kindle is the most popular reading device on the planet. The Kindle store is overflowing with books that can be downloaded to your computer or Kindle in seconds and offers free downloads of almost every classic you can think of. Their free, super saver delivery option and well-priced guaranteed next day delivery is unmatchable anywhere else on the web and as you can literally check out with one click of a button, they make online shopping a quick, easy and stress-free experience for every user.
Barnes & Noble is America’s leading book retailer and is especially popular amongst reading enthusiasts and book fanatics. Its website has features on what’s hot amongst book critics, hand picked staff picks and best of lists and more, allowing customers to make informed decisions about their purchases and get recommendations on the best authors and best books on the market. Books are split into individual categories, with the option to shop the NY Times Bestsellers, Barnes & Noble Classics, Oprah’s Book Club and Award Winners, amongst others. They also have their own version of Amazon’s Kindle e-reader – the ‘Nook’ tablet, and, thus, their own version of the Kindle store.
Catering for college students, Barnes & Noble have a section dedicated to textbooks in subjects like Business, Philosophy & English, and, like Amazon, have a used section where you can pick up the books you need for less. A great place to shop for avid readers and those looking for rare, independent texts that aren’t stocked by Amazon.
Powell’s specialises in used and out of print books, and also stocks rare editions and signed copies that you won’t find on your average online bookstore. An independent store ran by people who love books, Powell’s is one of the world’s most loved and respected retailers of physical books. Their products are well priced, and they are one of the few online bookstores that accept Paypal.