Nope, it's not an ad. Well, yeah, I guess it is. But not for any of my own books. Consider it a Public Service Announcement. Those of you who follow me on twitter may have seen me post this over there already.
Yesterday, I got an email from Elaing8 confirming that her prize from the Birthday Bash had arrived. She was asking me about where I'd ordered it from - The Book Depository - and whether it was worth it as opposed to ordering from Chapters or Amazon.
So I started to answer her, explaining that in order to supply books for my birthday bash and not end up paying double the cost thanks to Canada Post, I had to find an alternate way to get books to the winners. Thanks to a tip I found on Twitter from Jane at Dear Author, I discovered The Book Depository. There are actually two Book Depository sites - the main one based in Britain, and one that's based in the US, the BookDepository.com.
In order to make my point that usually the books cost about the same whether I ordered from Amazon.ca, Chapters-Indigo (the main Canadian chain), or The Book Depository, I looked up how much I'd end up paying for Maya Bank's Sweet Persuasion. It was a book I had earmarked that I wanted to buy and so chose it at random. Chapters? $13.35 CDN. Amazon.ca? $13.51 CDN. The Book Depository UK? $13.53 US BUT only TBD offered free shipping. Considering that both Amazon and Chapters would add on about $6 - 8 for shipping and then I'd have to add in postage from my house to the winner's, that tipped the balance toward TBD. And I'm really glad I did, especially since my winners turned out to live in Australia, Germany, Finland and the US. (By the way, it doesn't matter how much your book costs or how big your order is. So even if all you order is a $3 Harlequin, you don't pay any shipping. Host, if you're reading this, unfortunately they DO charge to ship to Croatia :( I checked. Yours is going to have to be sent through Canada Post.)
While I was checking those figures though, out of curiosity I clicked on the BookDepository.com website link. Imagine my surprise, and ecstasy, to discover the US site had Maya Bank's Sweet Persuasion on for 50% off. I ended up buying Julia Quinn's It Happened in London and Stephanie Lauren's latest in the Bastien club - Mastered by Love. All for 50% off. Three books for the cost of what I would have paid for Maya's one if I'd picked up Maya's book in person at the local store.
So if you ever order your books online, don't forget to check out the Book Depository for their sales/prices too. (Oh, and you can get books that aren't available in the States too - check out Wendy the Super Librarian's post from yesterday about ordering a book only available in Australia.)
By the way, author Skylar Kade has interviewed me over on her blog - I'm giving away a copy of my novella, Private Property to one lucky commenter.