I heard that a hardcover in America is like $4 and my reaction was literally:
Someone please tell me this isn’t true or otherwise I am completely jealous and I’ll tell you why.
I live in Australia, you know the country down under, the one that’s pretty much separate from everything. We’re actually a giant island. Now buying books here is kinda hard. I literally have one main bookstore chain and really only one option for free online shipping (you the best Book Depository). The only problem is Book Depository is based in the UK which means its takes ages for the books to come.
See the issue is that we are pretty much separate from everything. I don’t buy hardcovers generally because a) they’re expensive and b) you can’t find many at your local bookstore. You could order it online but you have to wait 14 days. That’s right, 2 weeks. 2 painful weeks of checking the current shipping status of your order. Imagine that.
This is why most of my books come from discount department stores such as Big W and Target but the problem with that is they don’t have a big variety. I normally find the same books over and over again for a month. But then again, I am a cheap skate so I don’t really mind unless I need the book right now.
My question to you guys is how do you buy books. And to those Aussie readers out there, where do you buy them from. To you Americans, are hardcovers really just $4?? PLEASE ANSWER!