Advantages Cheap, good quality, no tie in
Disadvantages Occasional delivery problems, limited range
The Book PeopleI first happened upon the book people at work. They had left a selection of cheap, yet good quality books, along with the web address, and I placed my first order. I thought that this was a book club, where you get your first few books for a very reasonable price and then read the small print and find you are tied in for the next few years. I was wrong.
~~ What is The Book People? ~~The Book People claim to be one of the 'nation's largest suppliers of books' but unlike a book shop they do not stock a complete range of books, instead they have a good range of books all at a discounted price. Their claim is that the savings are at least 50% off publisher's prices, although most of the books that I have purchased have been even cheaper than that.
The Book People are not a substitute for a good bookshop. They do not stock a full range of books, and you are not able to order specific titles. However as long as you bear that in mind you can get brilliant bargains!The Book People is a no obligation organisation, so you can place one order and that's it, or you can keep going back for more books. There is no minimum order and it is relatively easy to register with them.
Most of the books are printed by the publisher however some are printed by Ted Smart. These tend to be as good quality, but they do have an advert for the Book People printed on them, so they are not always as great for presents (People know you have bought cheap books!)There is a reward scheme for regular buyers, which allows you to collect points for free books.
~~ How do I register with The Book People? ~~Registering on the internet is straightforward. You need to give your email address, home address, phone number, and you need to choose a pass word. At this stage you are able to fill in a short profile so that your emails will be tailored to your book preferences e.g. children's books, special offers. I clicked the lot because sometimes books that wouldn't necessarily be in particular interest range might be suitable as gifts for other people.
You can also opt to receive mailings from the book people. I clicked yes to this too. A colour magazine then arrives each month with a selected range of book people offers.~~ The Website ~~
The website has been designed in a fairly vivid shade of blue and is not the most restful on the eyes. The links down the left hand side of the website take you to different book categories such as Bestsellers, Children's Fiction, Non fiction, and Book Ends. There is also a seasonal category, so at the time of writing there is a link to Easter books. Book Ends are the last remaining books of a certain title, so you really do take pot luck here, and have to order quickly before they go out of stock. These books do tend to be more heavily discounted. The lifestyle category of books includes a food and drink section with recipe books by famous chefs such as Jamie Oliver, Sophie Grigson, and wine books by Oz Clarke. There is a travel selection, but at the moment this is full of map books and AA Guides to Britain.
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