Need A Place To Review Book Prices Before You Buy?

Are you feeling as frantic as I?

Due this week:

  • Notes from the district writing committee which I am attending in 45 minutes.
  • Progress reports on each of the 27 children in my class.
  • Treats for one of the parties I am invited to on Friday.
  • Three hours for a cut and color tomorrow afternoon. (“Dear Santa, please take away my graying temples…”)

Plus, any ideas for presents for my parents? (Just kidding.)

In other news, it’s been fun to read a few reviews for the Japanese Literature Challenge.

MS-Teacher reviewed When The Emporer Was Divine, which is a fabulous book by Julie Otsuka.

Chris reviewed The Sound of Waves by Yukio Mishima, which is new to me and sounds excellent. I can’t wait to order it!

And, I have an announcement from which says: is a free service of finding the best price on books among the major online stores. Our real time engine can help you save as much as 80% from the retail price on new & used books, cds and dvds. We have introduced innovative features and tools like finding the best price of several books together, which might reduce the high shipping costs and save even more money. And now we are offering the new “RSS Price Watcher” that enables you to track the price of a specific book and with your own preferences (shipping, currency, condition, etc) using RSS feeds.”

It is, in fact, very cool. I went there, typed in a title of a book I’d like, and BAM! There’s a listing of 8 million (so to speak) sources from which you can buy it, all organized by price. This is a good thing for all of us book lovers; you may want to check it out if it’s new to you.

Hey! Maybe they have something for my parents! In any case, I can order the books from all the great reviews of yours I’m reading.

18 thoughts on “Need A Place To Review Book Prices Before You Buy?

  1. It seems inevitable that the holidays are always the most stressful time of the year before they're the most enjoyable time of the year. Ashame, isn't it? I'm sure you'll get everything done though and then be able to kick back and enjoy is indeed a cool website 😉 I forget about them a lot, but I go back to them when there's an expensive book I want to buy, or a rare book that I can't find…instead of hunting down a hundred websites, you just go to one.


  2. d. chedwick bryant, why is that when I'm shopping I include stuff for myself?! I'm so glad to have this information of where to buy Guerlain, since I won't be going back to Paris anytime soon.Chris, I was at Borders yesterday and saw a whole pile of books by Mishima. There's a brand new author to me into whom I can't wait to delve. Thanks!


  3. I was very impressed with it, Carl. Even though gives you "used and new" options, with great discounts, shows so many options in one easy to read list! Plus, you can search for DVD's and CD's. (For those who like noise. Unlike me.:)Just think of what we can do if we get a little Christmas money!


  4. Bellezza–I was just reading about a perfumer who is making lightly scented fabrics–she loves Samsara, and so is experimenting with scented yarns to knit things for herself… It will probably take at least 10 more years before the public can try it out. She's been working on it for over a dozen years! I'm working on my Japanese Lit. challenge–Non Fiction and Fiction both. We have a huge Japanese Bookshop 2 miles away, so I feel very lucky!


  5. Oh, how fascinating! I wonder how the scent stays in the yarn…it'll be fun to see what comes of her idea.You are very lucky to have a Japanese Bookshop to miles away. What are you reading? I just finished Kitchen, by Banana Yosh-something (I have to look again, and my book's at home now) which I'll post on this weekend.


  6. Oh, I'm going to get into so much trouble with that Bookprice website. Thanks for the tip :D~ LPs. I finished my first book for your challange and put up my review. This is so much fun!


  7. I loved "Kitchen" by Banana Y. I also loved the other novella "Moonlight Shadow" I think it was called. Ched is currently reading "The 47 Ronin " by John Allyn It begins in March of 1701 in Edo. A lot is going on!


  8. Hey, Bellezza, I reviewed a children's book by a Japanese author last week. Does that count? :-)Thanks for the book price site! You know I hardly buy any books these days for myself, but they are one of my favorite gifts to give people! Also – your snowy woods photos are stunning. We just have dreary rain here (but that beats freezing rain any day).


  9. Darla, of course children's books count! Can I include you in the challenge? (Don't feel pressured or anything.) I'm coming to see what you read. One of my favorite children's authors, who is Japanese, is Allen Say.Thanks for the comment on the woods' photographs. I absolutely love Winter. It's my favorite, favorite season hands down. I don't understand all the people who fuss about the cold because they must not be noticing the accompanying beauty.


  10. I read The Sound of Waves, sometime this year, and loved it. It's a sweet, gentle romance. I was pleasantly surprised. As to Christmas . . . haven't done much of anything. I had a wreath on the door, but the husband got irritated with me, slammed the door and the wreath flew into the bushes. I tossed it inside and it's still on the floor beside the piano. Presents? Oh, good grief. I'd better do something, quick.


  11. Verbivore, maybe we can use any extra Christmas cash at I could place a huge order right now! Mishima seems like a great Japanese author; I'm dying to read something of his.Les, I'm envious of the employee discount. When I worked at Marshall Fields, bought by Macy's, we had 20% off anything in the store (which did nothing to help my cosemetic/perfume addictions!). They always said their employees were their best customers…however, I hope helps us all. It is so convenient.Bookfool, wreath under the piano…sounds a lot like how my Christmas is going at least at school. I'll post about that soon. Good luck to both of us in the present department. Quick~is right!You always make me laugh.


  12. Thanks, Bellezza – I have never participated in a challenge before (probably because my huge stack of library books is enough of a challenge in and of itself!). I will go back and read the rules. If the manga count, I might just make it…:-)


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