Advantages of buying books online- How to get maximum discounts
The collection of books adds color to your book shelf. Reading of books improves your knowledge. If you know certain tricks to purchase books at discounted rates, you are lucky as you can save some money. If you don't know the right methods, you lose money. Here, I wish to help you by giving some tips, which had helped me saving while shopping for books.
The first thing you need to know is that the best saving option is buying books online. This is a fact most buyers unaware of. They rush to the shop and buy books from the counters paying the fixed (printed) price. If you are lucky, you may get a discount of maximum 5 or 10%. Also, the discount is not offered all time and even if offered, it is with certain conditions. Buying books of a certain author or publication or purchase above a certain value, etc., are the conditions normally a book shop demands.
Leave it. You have a better option, which saves your labor and money as well. It is online shopping. There are a number of online stores exclusively for buying books in India. You just need to enter into their web sites and place orders. Some, when asks you to register with them, some don't insist on that. Registration is a simple process taking maximum five minutes. It is a one time process too. Most of the stores are happy with your email id and you can use it as your login id also. You just need to make a password only.
Advantages of Registering with an Online Site
Well, you have a lot of benefits. The first being getting maximum discounts. You have more benefits if you are a member of an online site. You can search any books of your choice through their search box. You can filter (narrow) your searches with book's title, author's name, publication name, etc. In case, they do not have a particular book, you can 'notify' them. When they have the stock, they let you know the fact.
If you wish to limit your purchase below a certain amount or in between a certain range, you can easily set your conditions. It helps you to extract the required result only as per the parameters given. It saves your time and labor as your computer screen doesn't flood with countless options. What is displayed is what you actually wish to know. For example, you wish to buy books priced below Rs.500/- or in between Rs.300-500/- range, you get result accordingly using the filter facility given on screen. Here you are not shown books valued above Rs.500/- in the first case and you are offered books priced between the range of 300-500 rupees in the second case. Can you expect this kind of experience from a shop you visited in person? With the online facility, everything is possible and quickly too.
Now you have found a lot of books but wish to purchase only a few. Your plan is buying the remaining books at a later time. No problem. You can place your future purchase (order) in a basket called 'wish list'. Later, when you have time or money, you can place an order directly from the wish list. It is so easy. Suppose, you forget about these wish list, the site will alert you after a certain time. "Add to my wish list" is thus a wonderful option.
Sometimes, we may be a poor selector or don't have enough time to trace a book. Here too, the site comes to your aid. They would send you some 'recommended choices'. They do this after studying your search history. This is very useful to us. I have found their recommendations more helpful in selecting a book. Their pick may be better than ours. Suppose, you have searched for a book on 'blogging' or 'Europe Travel'. You might have found some results. At times, you may not be satisfied with the results found. But when they send you the recommended list or display it on the screen, you will find it more helpful or apt ones. So always read their recommendation board if you go for a postponed purchase.
How to make payment
For making the payment, you have some easy methods like Debit Card, Credit Card, Net Banking. Some stores have developed their own method of Investing money with them, etc. They debit your account after a purchase is made. In case you are reluctant to pay in advance or worried of making Cards (plastic money) transactions, you have a safer method called 'Cash on Delivery'. Here, you need to pay only when your articles are delivered to you. I personally find the Net Banking option is easier.
The delivery is mostly through Courier. It is fast, safe and reliable. The delivery or shipment may be chargeable or free. The useful method adopted by these stores is to charge for purchase below Rs.500/- and FREE if your order is for Rs.500/- or above. The delivery may take maximum one week and normally within 2 or 3 days. Please check with them for exact clarification.
Budget your purchase
If you wish to limit your purchases to below a certain amount or in between a certain range, you can easily set your condition accordingly. You will find the results as per the given conditions. It saves your time too as your computer screen is not flooded with countless results. For example, you wish to buy books below Rs.500/- or in between Rs.300-600 range, you get the result accordingly. Nothing out of the ranges will be displayed. Can you expect these kinds of services from a shop you visited in person and that too within a few seconds? This is the advantage of Online shopping. Everything is possible here and in a lightning speed also.
How to find the best deal
Well, the crux point of this hub is 'how to save money'. Here is my suggestion. As you are aware, there are a number of online stores to buy books. They do provide you a decent service. Some of the major suppliers, who deal in a huge stock of both fiction and nonfiction in English (sure, they have other language books also) are listed below:
When we have multiple choices to select one, our confusion grows. It is natural. Which store to select, which to avoid. You are in trouble to pick a right choice. When almost all stores have the stock of your chosen books and all offer attractive discounts, your job to find the best deal is really a task. If time and mood permit, you may visit all these sites one by one and search your choice. But it is a hilarious task and boring too. Then what to do.
We are lucky for we have got a good option in this context. You just need to visit one site- India Book Store (IBS). In fact, it is a kind of search engine. The most attraction being you even need not register with them and the service is absolutely FREE. It is a fast and simple search engine for books across all major Indian online bookstores. It is meant to ease the process of finding the best deal and to check the stock status for your books across all stores in one go. It helps you to find books and save money.
The method of finding best discounts
You wish to buy a book. For example, you wish to purchase "The Immortals of Meluha" or some works of your favorite authors such as Chetan Bhagat or Anita Nair. Then you need not go for the task of visiting and searching all online stores. Instead, you simply enter the site of India Book Store at their id: http://www.indiabookstore.net/. Just enter the name of a book or the author name and wait. ( No login required). Within seconds, it will display the price of the book from different stores at a go.
When I tried "The God of Small Things", I got the following result:
Flipkart Rs.243/- and Naaptol Rs. 366/-.
Similarly when I searched "The Magic of Malgudi", I found:
Crossword Rs.399, Flipkart Rs.399 and Snapdeal Rs.275/-
See the price variation. It is your profit. It is clear too. Now, you have no hesitation to place your order from which store. You just click the Buy button right after the price shown. The thing to note is that after you type your title, you would be shown the result with the best price, under which, the number of matches will be displayed in brackets. If the number of matches is just 1, you have no option other than opting the one displayed. But if there are two or more matches, you can pick the best offer and place your order with the respective store. Once you picked the best option, you need not deal with IBS but only with the respective online store only. The IBS just stands as a guide only.
Your search drill is a very easy thing here. You can also check the stock status of your books across all stores in one go. Thus, it helps the author and publisher too to find the stock position of their books and it's sale.
Till recently, most of my book purchase was through Flipkart. I saved a lot of money too. But when I came to know of Indian Book Stores (IBS), I made an analysis of the purchases already made. I got the result that my deal involved both profit and loss. If all my purchases were done through IBS, I could have saved a little more money. But I console myself. Committing mistake is normal. Repeating the same is a blunder. Now I am enlightened. All my orders are now placed after a check in IBS. Thus, I get the best deal and I am the happiest.
This is to make you the happiest, I shared my experience here in detail. Wish you too follow my wise path and save some bucks. Hope to hear your experience. So please do leave your comments below in the COMMENT box.
Which is your favorite Online Store for buying books?
Also read the following hub by the same author
- How to Buy Books Online at Discounted Price
The online stores for buying books and other articles are the top choice of book lovers, especially among the Indians. You get large discounts and good service at no extra cost. Here is some tips.
© 2013 Sunil Kumar Kunnoth