BookButler: How To Buy Physical Books Online

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BookButlerIf you like reading physical books—and who doesn’t—there’s a way to shop online for the cheapest price of a paperback or hardback.

Here’s how to use BookButler, an online aggregator that lists the price, shipping cost, total cost of a given book, from cheapest to most expensive for all online physical book dealers:

  1. Make sure you have the ISBN of the book you want to buy. Either the ten- or thirteen-digit ISBN will do. Note: each edition—hardback, trade, mass market—will have its own ISBN.
  2. If you don’t have the ISBN, go to Amazon or Barnes & Noble, do a search for the book, and choose the edition you want to buy. The ISBN is included in the product description.
  3. In your browser’s address field, type in or click on this link: BookButler
  4. Type the ISBN in the Search field. You can use hyphens if you wish, or not.
  5. Click Search.
  6. A small image of the cover appears. Click Compare Prices.



  • A screen like the one above pops into view, listing all locations, the price of the book, the shipping, the total.
  • Take a look at the tabs. In this case, 27 online book dealers have the book I want, either a new or used version. Twenty-three stock a new copy; four have used copies; ten are in the US; fourteen sell through Amazon.
  • Clicking on View takes you to the buy page for each dealer.
  • Notice also that you can update the list by choosing a different Ship To and/or using a different currency.

Simple, no?



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