January 27

AbeBooks (US): Free Shipping to Canada on Select Books

Posted by on January 27, 2014 at 6:00 PM

AbeBooks (US): Free Shipping to Canada on Select Books

AbeBooks now has a special search function where you can find just books that have free shipping to Canada.

There is no minimum purchase required. Just use the search engine and put in the book title, author, ISBN number, or whatever search terms you know and make sure to select the “free shipping to Canada” choice.

Now AbeBooks is a US website but it has a plethora of used and rare books. If you love reading then this promotion would be very useful. I recently purchased The History of Middle Earth by J.R.R. Tolkien for a friend of mine who is a major fan. I couldn’t find the set in stock in Canada and even the used copies cost over $200. I found it on AbeBooks from the UK for around $150 including shipping and the exchange rate. It was a fantastic buy and my friend was ecstatic!

If you are looking for something rare, out of print, or hard to find, then AbeBooks is a great place to shop. With this free shipping to Canada option you can find cheap books and not worry about the shipping cost cutting into your savings.

You still could be hit with duty and taxes if your order costs over $20. Thankfully, the big book set I mentioned above made it through customs without any additional charges.

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August 9

Places To Buy Used Textbooks

Posted by on August 9, 2012 at 9:00 PM

Places To Buy Used Textbooks

You can rent textbooks, you can buy textbooks. That is pretty much your two options. I see a LOT of students every year paying full price for their textbooks in the University Bookstore, when a little work on the computer, a credit card, and a few hours would be sufficient to get them massive discounts.

Here is a list of non-traditional places to buy textbooks, and some coupons to help out:

Chapters Canada

Buy new and used textbooks. Used often costs less, but shipping is a flat $6.49 per used book. Coupons won’t work on used textbooks.

  • Coupon Code: AUG2012
  • Discount: $5 off $30
  • Expiry: 31st, August 2012

Amazon Canada

Excellent place to buy textbooks, and the marketplace sellers can give you a great price on used and new textbooks as well.


Free shipping worldwide, for every book bought they donate a book, and good prices too. I bought two of my textbooks through them this year.

  • Coupon Code: BOOKS4GOOD
  • Discount: 10% off 2 or more used books
  • Expiry: Unknown


If any website is going to have your book, Alibris will. It works sorta like the Amazon marketplace with many sellers listed within it. You can search for books and buy from Alibris, or you can note the name of the seller and try to find out if it is cheaper through their own store (if they have one). Alibris has a plethora of coupons usually, here is just one:

  • Coupon Code: VOYAGE
  • Discount: $3 off $30
  • Expiry: Unknown


Also one of the giants, though I have never ordered from this one. They have a ton of used textbooks and are a great resource.

Book Depository

Free shipping worldwide. I personally have not ordered through them before, but I have relatives in Canada who have.

Awesome Books

UK based place, good for comparisons and you might score yourself a deal. Free shipping to Canada on orders of 2 books or more.


Go to your local Kijiji and shop. I have bought many a used textbook off of Kijiji, usually I can get decent prices, but do price compare because sometimes students are asking almost full price.

I hope this gives you a brief run down on what options are out there for buying textbooks. Usually it is far cheaper to buy your textbooks from these websites than your University’s bookstore.

Do note: Some of these are US websites, or UK websites. Customs/duty may apply. I would say 1 out of every 4 orders for textbooks I make from out of the country gets a duty charge. The money I save goes well above and beyond that, so I don’t mind.

I pretty much take a morning (usually the 1st of August) off and open many, many browser windows on my computer. I spend my time price comparing textbooks across all of these websites, and the textbook rental websites. I will be doing a post really soon on textbook rental websites, so keep your eyes peeled! I will tell you how much I spent on textbooks for a full 5 course semester!

Moosers, do you know of any good places to buy textbooks?

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