Since Americans hold a brief celebration of capitalism on the days following Thanksgiving, I want to highlight a few of the Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals on books and book related materials. This list certainly isn’t a complete one, but if you are in the market for book related goods, it may give you a few ideas for where you would like to purchase those.
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As many of you know, I like to give back when I can, and shopping at BetterWorldBooks’s Black Friday sale allows me to do just that. For every book purchased on their site, BetterWorldBooks donates a book to READ International, Feed the Children, or Books for Africa. Their Black Friday sale offers a lot of potential for these “double duty” books. The site is offering 30% off all of its used book purchases of 5 or more. The coupon code for this deal is BFRIDAY and is entered at checkout. The sale runs through 11/27, so you have plenty of time to explore the collection.
BookPeople is also holding a fabulous Black Friday sale. Their collection is already on the site, and I’ve found books up to 80% off on it. Keep in mind though, that this is a UK retailer, and though it ships overseas, your order may get pricey depending on what you buy. Take a look at their shipping table before finalizing your order.
Though they usually don’t publicize sales until the day of the event, I also encourage you to check out the websites of some of your favorite individual publishers. Last year HarperCollins offered up to 50% off some of its books; Penguin had a sale; and Salt Publishing offered 25% off everything online. I’m sure that publishers will be having the same kinds of deals this year as well.
Rakuten is essentially a Japan-based version of Amazon, and it typically has some great deals on books. They haven’t released their Black Friday prices yet, but they should have some good ones. (And their collection of books really is extensive.)
And so we have come to the big names. Barnes & Noble is, of course, holding a Black Friday sale. Books will be up to 50% off, and there are sales on Nooks as well. If you can make it to a physical store for this one, I encourage it. Going to bookstores this time of year always feels seasonally appropriate. (Maybe you can even wander the shelves with a wintry beverage in hand.)
Last but certainly not least is the retailer that wants all of our money: Amazon. Amazon is holding its annual attempt to take all of my money with its Black Friday sales. Often books are over 50% off, and the collection of items on sale is extensive.
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Though I may not be doing much shopping myself this year, I hope that you find all of the items on your list. And remember to explore some of your local stores during this period as well as the ones listed here. Local shops usually have great deals and are often overlooked in favor of behemoth retailers. (And fun fact: last year booksellers in the UK held the first Civilised Saturday sales the week after Thanksgiving because the were so horrified about the hubbub surrounding Black Friday. They may be holding similar events again this year, which would be a lot of fun to check out.)