Online Bookstore with a Soul

Being an avid reader, I'm always in search of good books. I read reviews, stalking wishlist of other bookworms, trying to scourge a book deal and swapping book. The high price put on imported books in this illiterate country is insane. The only hope I have to survive a book diet is to buy elsewhere. Some of my favorite book hunting place are Bras Basah Road stalls in Singapore, second hand book shops in Kuta (FYI, still expensive) and recently, buying books online.

The problem about shipping it to this corner of the world is the sky high shipping price. It is just silly to buy a book whose shipping cost is much higher than the book itself. However there are two online book shops that offer free and low price shipping. Book Depository, a company from U.K, send book for free to anywhere on the world and their price is still lower than imported books sold in book stores here. I ordered five books as I mention in earlier entry, and all arrived safely home.

Yesterday, I purchased two books which has been in my wishlist for as long as I can remember. A memoir about reading and books by Larry McMurthry and a reading recommendation aptly named More Book Lust. I bought those two babies in what could be the most environmentally friendly book shop, Better World Books. This is my first time buying book with options like used or new, carbon free shipping and conciously knowing that by buying an eight bucks used book I have also contributed for global literacy.

Check out this cute e-mail I received from Better World Books :


(Your book(s) asked to write you a personal note - it seemed unusual, but who are we to say no?)
Holy canasta! It's me... it's me! I can't believe it is actually me! You could have picked any of over 2 million books but you picked me! I've got to get packed! How is the weather where you live? Will I need a dust jacket? I can't believe I'm leaving Mishawaka, Indiana already - the friendly people, the Hummer plant, the Linebacker Lounge - so many memories. I don't have much time to say goodbye to everyone, but it's time to see the world!

I can't wait to meet you! You sound like such a well read person. Although, I have to say, it sure has taken you a while! I don't mean to sound ungrateful, but how would you like to spend five months sandwiched between Jane Eyre (drama queen) and Fundamentals of Thermodynamics (pyromaniac)? At least Jane was an upgrade from that stupid book on brewing beer. How many times did the ol' brewmaster have one too many and topple off our shelf at 2am?

I know the trip to meet you will be long and fraught with peril, but after the close calls I've had, I'm ready for anything (besides, some of my best friends are suspense novels). Just five months ago, I thought I was a goner. My owner was moving and couldn't take me with her. I was sure I was landfill bait until I ended up in a Better World Books book drive bin. Thanks to your socially conscious book shopping, I've found a new home. Even better, your book buying dollars are helping kids read from Brazil to Botswana. Eagerly awaiting our meeting.

I'll keep buying for sure!

1 komentar:

Beni Suryadi said...

halo halo, salam kenal. :-)

dari GRI.


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