Lauren In Tokyo

Monday, March 12, 2007


I just received the first of two packages of books from I ordered from the American this time because the price difference, even with shipping charges taken into account, made the overseas option more attractive than ordering it directly from

If there's anything that I feel is a weakness in's business, it is the lack of substantial discounts that has come to separate from the rest of the brick and mortar bookselling industry. While the prices listed by are generally lower than the same book at Maruzen, it is not sufficiently low enough to make buying online the more attractive option. Going to the bookstore and holding the book in your hand is still a very pleasant psychic experience. Having the books delivered to your door is perhaps the primary selling point for

The other problem with is that they simply don't have the inventory of foreign (American, for me) books that I would like. A book that may be out of stock on will probably not even be listed on The selection is limited to what is currently selling well, and anything outside the mainstream may be left out altogether.

So buying from this time (my first time) I got 6 books. The savings more than make up for the shipping fees, and now that I have a purchase on record with them, I can participate more fully in the website.

The only trouble I have now is that I need to figure out which of these books to read first!


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