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Books Going Cheap!

By taninaus - 6 March 2011 16

Tuggeranong Angus and Robertson are clearing stock with 50% off everything in store. Sad to see them closing, along with other Canberra stores, but if you are a book aficionado you may be interested in. I expect the Canberra Centre A&R probably has similar deals if you are a northsider.

Be prepared to wait though – the line Saturday afternoon was about 15-20 minutes with only 1-2 staff on the till and 30+ people in line, let alone more than double that in store hunting for a bargin.

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Books Going Cheap!
EvanJames 9:32 am 04 Apr 11

We get reamed on book prices in Australia, and now we have the opportunity to buy them at normal prices online, that’s what we’re doing. That said, I don’t think this is what drove them broke!

dvaey 3:13 am 04 Apr 11

facet said :

Now that the rip off Australian book sellers have gone the way of the buggy whip makers, can we have a review of the restrictions on buying ebooks from overseas?
I love my Kindle but get annoyed when I can’t buy certain ebook titles because I live in Australia.

My guess is you have to take this up with the sources who probably arent in Australia. If you’re downloading books, just get it in pdf format with no messy digital rights add-ons, and you’ll be able to read it anywhere. It still amazes me that people support data distributed with rights restrictions, such as disney dvds, macrovision, encrypted books and single-region DVDs and players. (At least almost everyone has wised up to the last one now.)

facet 3:23 pm 03 Apr 11

Now that the rip off Australian book sellers have gone the way of the buggy whip makers, can we have a review of the restrictions on buying ebooks from overseas?
I love my Kindle but get annoyed when I can’t buy certain ebook titles because I live in Australia.
I can often go to the ACT Library and borrow the book for free but actually like reading on the Kindle because I can bookmark and annotate my favourite bits.
Those of you who just look at the pictures will have to keep buying hard covers, but then you probably need a paper page so that you can run your finger under the big words.

moneypenny2612 11:03 am 03 Apr 11

Last week Angus & Robertson’s administrators announced that the Belconnen bookshop will close down too (date TBA).

This means all A&R stores in the ACT – except for Woden – are slated for closure.

Also 3 April 2011 is the last day for redeeming A&R gift cards nationwide.

Eirlys 9:37 pm 07 Mar 11

personally I think it is odd that A and R went into administration almost as soon as the US Borders did (yes I know no connection) but they are getting rid of A and Rs and not Borders. Sad to see a 200 year old company go. I love bookshops, I love walking around them, and for me Borders is so beyond annoying as they never have any of the books I actually need.

dvaey 11:06 am 07 Mar 11

Also, for those looking for cheap books, the next lifeline book fair is only a few weeks away (25-27th I think)

Cheap books, and your money goes to a good cause

ohpiem 9:47 am 07 Mar 11

I went into the A&R civic store on Friday lunchtime, and even with 50% off most of the prices were still more expensive than what I can get online for the books I am interested in.

I recently bought a kindle (love it!) and I think e-books are the way to go for trashy sci-fi/fantasy fiction these days. Some books you would still obviously want in hardcopy, but for those that normally go straight into the lifeline bag for recycling it saves a fair bit of cash. (I actually feel guilty now that will be donating less books to lifeline in the future…)

Rogue 9:37 am 07 Mar 11

I personally love browsing through a bookstore, iPhone in hand, and when I see a book I like I enter the ISBN into the iphone, and order off bookdepository.com. Helps when I don’t have a specific title in mind but I’m not prepared to pay retail and can wait for it to be posted to me.

Prices on bookdepository.com beat even those on my Amazon Kindle

aronde 8:46 am 07 Mar 11

Borders always seems to be a store in search of a marketing plan to me. They sell everything from kitchen utensils and baby products through to books and of course coffee. The few times I have wandered in the place has been crowded with people having a latte and reading all the books and magazines for free. Thus I am not surprised the chain is in receivership especially given the high prices as well.

taninaus 7:30 am 07 Mar 11

Spoono – Borders is safe for now, it isn’t on the hit list so they must be doing OK.

Yes prices are an issue, that’s why I don’t usually buy from retail stores – beaky’s and fetes are good for pre-loved and cheaper versions. Online and places like booko are only good if you have a specific title in mind though. But, I do love wandering the aisles, seeing what takes my fancy and sometimes come home with something I wouldn’t have expected.

Davo111 12:18 am 07 Mar 11

mikal said :

. Even with half off, that’s still 50% more than online.

^^ what he said

No sympathy here.

mikal 9:45 pm 06 Mar 11

Meh. They’re going out of business because they were triple the price of their online competitors. Even with half off, that’s still 50% more than online.

Spoono 8:38 pm 06 Mar 11

What’s the future of Borders in the Canberra Centre?

Watson 9:21 am 06 Mar 11

http://www.booko.com.au

Haven’t been to a bookstore (except the secondhand ones) since I discovered that site.

Sammy 8:56 am 06 Mar 11

And probably still significantly more expensive than Amazon UK.

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