I found out in July that my favorite online bookstore, The Book Depository, was bought out by Amazon. Since then, book prices at Book Depository have been going up. If they get rid of the free worldwide shipping and Paypal payment method ... well, I think Amazon will have effectively quashed their competition, not just acquired it.
And Amazon, despite their best efforts, ain't the only show in town. Not yet, anyway.
While I got a couple of bargains from Book Depository, I also won a couple books over the last couple of months that turned up in my mailbox.
The Hum and the Shiver by Alex Bledsoe - I won an ARC copy of this book from Alex, a promising fantasy/horror novel coming out in October through Tor, about a Iraq war veteran who returns to her hometown in Tennessee, followed by an ominous spirit, and receives dire omens. I've got one of Alex's novels on my wish list, a vampire tale called Blood Groove, so until I get my hands on that one, I'm pleased to have a chance to read his newest work.
Money Shot by Christa Faust - After reading a couple recommendations for a book called Chokehold, I did some Googling and discovered it was a sequel to this book. After checking out the cover and the pitch for it, I couldn't resist. A porn star out for revenge? Yup. I'm gonna get a kick out of this one.
Miserere: An Autumn Tale by Teresa Frohock - Teresa wrote a guest blog post in July titled, "Wicked WomenRule," as part of her blog tour to promote this novel. I've since received a signed copy for review and will be diving into it very soon.
The Concrete Grove by Gary McMahon - I won this book via a giveaway hosted by The Lucky Ladybug. Considering the good reviews this author has gotten for previous works, I am very interested to see how good this one is, which is supposed to be the first in a trilogy (or series).
Mistification by Kaaron Warren - Every once in a while a story about a magician will captivate me. Peter Straub's Shadowland and J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter being to prime examples. So, when I heard about this book, which was released earlier in the summer, I put it on my wish list and was fortunate enough to win a copy from Ruth over at My Devotional Thoughts.
Loss of Separation by Conrad Williams - At the start of the year, I highlighted five anticipated horrornovels for 2011, which included this one. As it stands, this will be the first of those five that I'll get to read. Conrad Williams is an author whose work gets recommended now and again, but is also one of those authors that doesn't get any real estate on the shelves of bookstores in my neck of the woods.
So, that's what came in this month.
Where do you go online when you shop for books? Are there any websites you refuse to buy from?