Have you heard about the Book Depository? If you love books and have (like me, until recently) never heard of them, then you should definately check them out!! While I always try my best to buy locally, books are such a luxury item for me that I'm happy to go with what's cheapest. And although it's a UK site, not only can I view my purchases in Aussie dollars, they also offer free worldwide shipping!!
The prices are pretty fantastic too - everything I've purchased so far is at least around half the price of what I would have spent if I'd hopped in my car, driven to the local shopping centre, physically walked into a bookstore and purchased the books myself. While I don't get that instant gratification factor, it is heaps of fun to have the delivery guy turn up in a big van when you least expect it and drop a parcel of lovely books on the doorstep! They are pretty prompt (both my previous deliveries have taken around a week or so) and did I mention the free worldwide shipping?? They don't have many reviews on the site and no "Look Inside" feature like Amazon so since my book purchases are something that I tend to agonize over I usually check out the books thoroughly on Amazon or in person in a bookstore before purchasing through them.
Here's a pic of my most recent haul...
I'm laughing at the nanna-ish-ness of The Australian Women's Weekly "Easy Baking" but I had actually borrowed a slightly more modern looking version of it from my local library only to have to give it back when I went to renew as someone else had placed a hold on it. (Am I the only person who always forgets to return library books until they receive an overdue notice in the mail? Whoops!) And I'd only managed to find time to make a few of the recipes!! (Oooh that coconut lime slice...YUM!) And I totally can't wait to use those great Cath Kidston stickers and stationery...there is just not enough snail mail happening in the world these days. Also, something else there is not enough of - FREE WORLDWIDE SHIPPING!!! Hahahahaha...hmmmm.
Moving on, I've also added a couple of great blogs in my sidebar under "Home and Children". There they are, down the screen on your right hand side! Or, if you are feeling lazy, in the next sentance! They are "Made by Joel", "SouleMama" and "Mini eco". I've been visiting them for a long time now as they always have wonderful, creative and inspirational stuff to share. If you work with or have your own young children, they are all worth a visit and a good browse! Let me know what you think about them - I'm pretty sure you'll be bookmarking them in no time!
Edited to add: I just received an email from the Book Depository - they are looking for new customers and will send a 10% off voucher to anyone I refer via email while they are holding their birthday celebrations. This is a limited offer so if you'd like a 10% off voucher to try them out, pop your email in the comments section and I will sign you up. They will not keep your email address or bother you with spam after they've sent your voucher 'cause they're nice like that. And I'd really love you to use it 'cause for every voucher that gets used, I get sent a voucher too!! So PLEEEEEASE try them, you'll be pleased with the great prices and service AND you'll be helping out my book addiction too!!