As someone with non-standard bookbuying tastes, I’m a big fan of buying books through the Internet. But I’m constantly amazed at the number of books that simply aren’t available through Australian online booksellers.
Admittedly, the market isn’t as hopeless as it was a few years ago. For anyone in the buying mood:
- Here’s a site with links to most Australian booksellers.
- Here’s a webcrawler that finds the cheapest price across eight major Australian booksellers
- And here’s a New Zealand site that lists its books in Australian dollars, and claims to be able to get books to us cheaper because it doesn’t pay GST.
Still, I do wish that Amazon would take a leaf from its Canadian, Chinese, German, Japanese, UK and US books, and set up "www.amazon.com.au". However, when I emailed them to ask about this, I merely received the staid reply:
We are always working to improve the service we provide for our international customers. We are pleased to be able to offer customers throughout the world access to locally-released books and other items through our partner web sites. You can see a list of our international sites and product lines by clicking on the following link.
Given the rapidly-evolving nature of our business, however, we cannot currently offer further information about any future international strategy.