Buying books can be expensive and often an infuriating task. You go to the book shop to discover they have sold out of the latest Stephen King masterpiece and you go home disappointed and empty handed, and if they do have it in stock then it often costs you an arm and a leg. This is one reason why book selling online has become so popular and why stores such as Amazon have done so well.
The internet is a global resource and so it is just as easy to browse book stores worldwide as well as locally. But which bookstores offer international shipping and are there any that will ship worldwide for free? Here is our guide to the best of the best and we have detailed, as much as we can, their international shipping policies, so whether you are looking for text books, fiction, reference books or picture books you will be able to find a store that will ship to your country where ever you are in the world. We have even included a coule of places for eBooks and audio books.
We list 12 book shops here and all have a very good offereing for domestic as well as international orders. Be aware that at this time, 2020, Covid-19 might be affecting some international shipping times. We will update when this changes.
Book Stores with international shipping
It would be remiss of us to have a list like this and not include the world's most famous: Amazon. We all know they started out selling books and they still have a great selection, they also deliver to many countries. Global shipping rates vary from place to place, for example standard shipping to Europe for book is $3.99per shipment and per item, which needs to be added together. Here is a quick international shipping table:
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Is free international shipping available at Amazon?
"FREE AmazonGlobal Standard Shipping" is available for eligible books and other items at Amazon, the items and the cost of good purchased in order to qualify does vary from country to country. Items must be fulfilled by Amazon and shipping must be to an eligible country. The only way to see for sure if you can qualify for free international shipping is to add the products to the cart and go to checkout.
Audio Books. Amazon offer audio books through their Audible brand, which offers access to many audio books for a monthly fee. Here is a link to a free trial and 2 free audio books.
The Book Depository promises "FREE DELIVERY WORLDWIDE" at the top of their homepage, whilst they don't deliver to every country in the world, we think the list must be about 100, so it is likely that your country is on it. Click here to have a look. Delivery is free on every order.
They are owned by Amazon, which is one reason why they can offer good prices and free shipping. They have a large selection of many types of books. They have a slick website, and even a Bargain Shop, which is worth looking at.
3. Book Outlet
Based in the USA, they ship books free to the US and Canada on orders over $35USD or more. They ship to about 60 different countries including, Europe, Hong Kong, Singapore, Israel and Japan. Notable exclusions are the Middle East, Russia, India and Australia/NZ. Although they do allow shipping to a freight forwarding company. Estimated delivery time for international orders is 7-45 business days, which is a bit vague.
Note: At the time of writing B&N international shipping, excepto to Canada has been suspended due to Covid-19, but should resume when the pandemic is over.
A large chain of US book stores, they usually ship internationally and offer free shipping too. They also ship to US Protectorate destinations. free standard shipping is available on order of $35 or over.
Blackwells is a famous book store originally from Oxford, UK. Home of the university and Inspector Morse. They ship worldwide and the shipping cost is included in the price of the book. For Europe, US and Rest of World addresses shipping is extimated to take about 10-15 business days.
They have an option to choose your currency at the top right of their website, and have a selection of 13 to choose from.
A marketplace for people to sell books, selling new and used books, AbeBooks.com will ship to most countries are ound the world, there are seperate websites for some countries such as Aus/NZ. Shipping can be expensive to some countries, but is a good place to look for rare or difficult to find books.
Selling a combination of new and secondhand books they dispatch from the UK and the US, so can cover shipping worldwide. Shipping internationally is free from either location.
BetterWorldBooks.com was founded and is run with a social purpose, some of their profits are invested to help literacy programs to improve peopl's lives. This is done in many ways including donating a book for every book sold and funding literacy grants. They are from the USA and are well worth checking out for their values.
Waterstones.com is another book store chain from the UK. They ship all over the world. UK delivery is free over £20, Western Europe is £9 + £1 per additional item and Rest of the World delivery is £12.50 + £1 per additional item.
Another online book store where you can sell your used and preloved books. They have a US and UK website and ship internationally, all countries is sthe claim. Costs vary for regions but they do offer standard and priority international shipping methods.
Taschen.com are a little different to most of the others listed here. They sell big, quality coffee table type books. They are sumptious, sexy, glorious and sometimes expensive. Books on photography, architecture, famous people and places fill their listings. They offer inernational shipping, 4 different languages to choose from, the cost of international delivery varies for each country, for example to Australia it is $70.
Zavvi.com sell lots of pop culture products from comics and magazines to films/TV to gaming in many of the most popular genres. They also have a good selection of books, many science fiction, music and graphical novels. If you are a comic fan or film buff they will probably have the book you are looking for. Owned by The Hut, a UK ecommerce company that owns many other stores they offer worldwide shipping for a cost as low as £3.99 and up to £9.99 depending upon your country, tracked international shipping is also available.
13. eBay Books
A good place to look for secondhand and used books, although there are sellers there who are selling new books too. International shipping is availlable at the seller's discretion, here is our tip to help you find books on eBay worldwide.
Kobo.com is owned by Rakuten.com, and sell eBooks and audio books available worldwide. Physial delivery is less of an issue, but you may need a reader with which to read the books.
Can I get free international shipping?
Many of the book shops listed above will offer free worldwide delivery. We have highlighted the ones that do, for some it is available on every purchase and others it is available for a minimum spend, so be sure to check that out, it may impace thecost of the book in the first place.
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