Bonus Material: How Aussies Find the Best Book Deals

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka

australiaWhile the recent recommendation by the Australian Productivity Commission seeking to lift the ban on parallel importation ultimately threatens to flood the country with cheap US and UK editions of books — the changes won’t take place for three years. At the moment it is still possible to get reasonably priced editions shipped from overseas. The biggest factor for Australians is, of course shipping. And while The Book Depository bookstores based in the UK and US offer free global shipping, they may not always be the best choice. For that, one can consult, which aggregates price information from sites across the web and, of most importance to Aussies, figures in shipping and converts the price to Aussie dollars.

A search for the UK edition of Steig Larsson’s The Girl Who Played with Fire resulted in prices ranging from AUD$26.95 ( to AUD$59.95 (, so it pays to shop around.

TRY: Booko

About the Author

Edward Nawotka

A widely published critic and essayist, Edward Nawotka serves as a speaker, educator and consultant for institutions and businesses involved in the global publishing and content industries. He was also editor-in-chief of Publishing Perspectives since the launch of the publication in 2009 until January 2016.