Last Updated: 19.Dec.2015
There are number of online stores in India where we can buy books, but none of them is the cheapest. If you find one book cheapest at Flipkart, you may find another at some other store.
Here are four ways I use to find books at their lowest possible rates. Hope you’ll find them useful.
1. Compare Rates at IndiaBookStore.net
India Book Store.net is an Indian search engine for books. Just enter the name of a book and it’ll search all the popular stores like Flipkart, Amazon, eBay, Indiaplaza etc., and give you a comparison of rates. I think it’s a great concept, and it is my most favoured method to dig out bargains. Give it a try.
2. Buy Cheap from uRead
uRead has very competitive rates, and their customer service is really nice. So do check out uRead.com before you search any of the options shared below.
3. Flipkart it!
Sometimes Flipkart has lowest rates. I’ve been shopping with them since the days they sold only books. The best thing about shopping at Flipkart is that the books reach you in a very good condition. Each book is neatly laminated, and the awesome free bookmark is an added bonus. If a book is available at same rate across many of the online sellers, I would any day prefer Flipkart over any of them.
4. Buy from Amazon.in
Amazon is officially here. I buy a lot of books from them (even bought a Kindle basic).
The best thing about Amazon is that they deliver books via Speed post, so the books reach you well in time. Also their customer support is very good.
Not always the cheapest, but highly recommended.
5. Buy Second-hand Online
I used to buy second-hand books from Pustak.co.in, but sadly, the website is no more active.
Here are few sites people use to buy second-hand books in India.
I’ve not tried any of them, so can’t recommend one over the other.
- Friends of Books – Popular for used books.
- Biblio Freaks – Another site for second-hand books.
- Yo Books – New site for second-hand books in India.
6. Don’t Dare Buy from Bookadda.com
They are the worst. They don’t respond to customer queries, and take ages to deliver the books – that too in a poor condition. Please read my detailed review before you shop at Bookadda.com.
There are many more options, but I won’t recommend what I’ve not used. I’ll be glad to know about other alternatives. Please leave your suggestions as comments, and don’t forget to subscribe to this blog for more such updates.