I’m the first to admit that I’ll order from Amazon when I can’t find something I need locally, but for books, I use alternatives to Amazon as often as possible.
A lot of my book-loving friends want to do that, too. Turns out we have plenty of options — at least 17, in fact.
Here’s a list of those offering new books, including current best-sellers. This compilation and accompanying infographic do not include textbook or used-books-only retailers, though.
Alternatives to Amazon for books
I’ve listed online book retailers in alphabetical order. Note that some sell audiobooks exclusively.
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Read or listen to books on all of your Apple devices.
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If there’s a Barnes & Noble in your area, you can buy online and pick up in store, too. That saves wondering through the store looking for the book you want – and spending more than you might have intended.
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The popular UK retailer also delivers to the U.S.
Founded in 1917, this retailer with brick-and-mortar stores is the second largest bookseller in the U.S. (And there’s that 2.5% back with Rakuten, too.)
This is my go-to site because it’s powered by indie retailers. Got a preference for a specific independent bookstore? Bookshop lets you select them for your order.
I love Chirp because I can buy audiobooks without a monthly subscription. But I also appreciate the daily emails that alert me to discounted audiobooks in the genres and categories I read.
This subscription-based audiobook retailer offers a free trial.
Read or listen to books on your Android device.
Buy books for the Kobo e-reader and as a bonus, get up to 5% back on purchases from Rakuten, which owns the company.
Buy audiobooks from your favorite indie bookstore either through a subscription plan or ala carte.
This brick-and-mortar bookseller with an impressive online shop is Portland, Oregon’s top attraction.
Don’t laugh. When my youngest is home, we always swing through Target’s book department because the discounts are good. She points out what she’s read and liked; I photograph the covers and add them to my to-be-read list. The selection online is much, much larger.
This Manhattan institution has a strong online retail operation. I love wandering through this store that’s been in business since 1927.
This fast-growing online bookshop offers more than 10 million books and free delivery to more than 100 countries. Get 3% cash back with Rakuten.
Don’t forget your library
Public libraries are such a gift to book lovers.
Unlike with print books that you have to pick up in person, you can borrow e-books and audiobooks online without ever walking into the building.
My public library system, like so many others, uses the Libby app for that. Download the app, find your library, sign in with your library card, and start searching. Borrowing is one-click easy.
This isn’t a comprehensive list of new book retailers, so what isn’t on it that should be? Where do you like to buy books online? Please tell us in a comment.
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