I came across some of these little factoids just recently, and some of them I’ve known for a while, but they all add up to an interesting insight about shopping for books.

  1. It doesn’t matter where you live on the ball, you can still browse through Amazon.com.
  2. Depending on where you’re located on the globe, you may not be able to buy books from Amazon.com

Plus:

  1. If you put a review on, say, Amazon UK or Amazon DE, that review stays there.
  2. On the other hand, if you put a review on Amazon.com, it will filter down to all the other Amazon stores (UK, CA, AU, DE, etc.)
  3. Not all the international stores have a “look inside” feature, where you can read an excerpt and see the front bit of the book.
  4. If you are browsing on Amazon.com and click the “buy” button, it will redirect you to that book’s page on your country’s site.  (This one, I could not confirm directly, because my country site is CA, and I can buy from Amazon.com.  Perhaps one of you dedicated Amazon readers could confirm this for me.)

In summary:

The main Amazon site provides:

  • All the books
  • The majority of the reviews
  • A peek inside
  • and will redirect you when you’re ready to buy.

It seems to me that you would be far, far better off doing all your browsing and window shopping on Amazon.com and using your country site only when forced to buy there.

Food for thought….