Need new textbooks this semester?
There are some excellent international book companies around to save money on books. We made a list of the top international book websites that ship to Canada, many of which offer free shipping!
Abe Books is a fantastic shopping tool for books online coming from over 50 countries. There's an option to "search books with free shipping to Canada," and you can also search by title, author and keyword. It's a snap.
Better World Books offers free standard shipping worldwide and has a social mission that funds literacy programs and helps the environment by rescuing books from landfills. Some of their initiatives include the "book for book" program, where they donate a book to a person in need for every book that is sold. They've also raised over $24 million in global literacy funds since 2005 and have re-used or recycled over 250 million books since 2005.
This one costs $3.99 (15-20 business days) for standard shipping and $5.99 for expedited shipping (5-10 business days). The company salvages books from libraries, schools and charity shops, recycling more than 12 million books per year, and many for as little as a penny.
Awesome Books is truly awesome, since their prices those of a lot of other companies. They charge a flat $5.03 delivery fee for any size order, which means you could order over a dozen books, and it would cost the same to ship. They have some of the widest selection, too, with over 2 million books to choose from, so you're sure to find what you are looking for. With a purchase of only two books, you will receive free shipping.
When you order any book you receive free shipping to Canada – a pretty sweet deal. There are more deals than that though, since they offer deals of the week.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where's the best place to find used textbooks and cheap textbooks online in Canada?
Bookmob.ca is a really good source for used textbooks, and they also have a buy-back option. When you buy used textbooks here, they provide all materials like the original CDs, study guides, diskettes or other loose-leaf items. Shipping is free on orders over $150, and they charge a flat $7.99 (+ GST) for all orders under that. You can also rent textbooks.
Where's the best place to sell used textbooks in Canada?
Easy! Again, Bookmob.ca would be the recommendation. The books need to be in very good condition though, so that means no stains, no missing or loose pages, no excessive writing/highlighting or broken spines. You also need to include all supplemental materials.
Do you shop internationally for books? If so, which companies do you use? Let us know in the comments or over on Facebook.We would love to add them to our list!