2011-01-21 11:21 (UTC)
There are several bookstores which do online sales - Abbeys is fairly good, in my experience. However, you're still paying either:
- inflated prices for Australian editions
- inflated prices for imported books, unless they're classics
I understand the Australian publishing industry is working with a different market and in a different economic environment to the US publishers, and apparently it costs more to *produce* a book here. But they are going to have to adapt in either price or time, or both, because waiting months for a book to be released here and THEN paying twice as much does not a loyal customer base make.
Generally, I can get a better range of books, cheaper, by going straight to bookdepository.
Interestingly, there is an abebooks.com.au, which I use frequently - I do try to buy from Australian or NZ second-hand sellers if I can, provided that the price isn't ridiculous (sometimes cultural differences matter - I got a copy of the Australian Women's Weekly Cookbook 1972 for less than ten dollars US inclusive of shipping, from someone in Texas who didn't know what they had; it would've cost me forty dollars here).
is also pretty handy for figuring out who's selling any given book. Most of the time, the books I want (academic) have to be bought from the British anyway, and this is easier than going over and bringing them back in a suitcase...
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