If any of you have been around for a while you’ll know I’m big on reading and learning and growing and for one simple reason:
Growing a church congregation first requires the leader to grow.
In today’s post I just wanted to show you where the best place is to buy Christian books.
Rather than going to a Christian book store, I’m going to give you my five reasons why I think the best place to buy used and new Christian books online is Amazon.com.
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1. Amazon is Easy to Navigate
Using the advanced search feature, you can go as specific as the book title, author, publisher, subject, binding type or ISBN number.
Browsing the site is just as easy; simply choose the department you want to shop in and then slim down options until you find what you’re looking for and add to cart. Once items are in your cart, they are easy to delete or save for later.
Search and browsing results can be organized by price, best selling, customer reviews and more.
You can also choose to just view books that are eligible for Free Super Saver Shipping. These features make it easy to navigate through the millions of product listings on the site without getting lost on the way.
When it comes to purchasing, Amazon.com makes it easy to evaluate a third-party seller’s reputation and shipping costs along with the condition of the item they are selling.
Once items are in the cart, they are easy to delete or save for a latter purchase.
Amazon also looks at your buying patterns and you will soon start to see personalised suggestions and recommended reading ideas specifically tailored for you.
2. Amazon is Well-Known and Trusted
Amazon is probably the best-known name in the online bookstore industry –and with good reason, it is the largest online retailer in the world.
Amazon is not only one of the oldest booksellers in the market, it has consistently worked to stay one step ahead of the game.
At the same time, they haven’t lost their humanity when it comes to understanding customer service and return issues.
3. Fast Delivery
Regardless of what you order, there are plenty of shipping options available.
Standard shipping usually takes around a week to two weeks.
Third-party expedited shipments usually arrive within 3 days and one or two day items sold directly from Amazon.
International shipping is available on most items for an additional fee. You can track your items bought directly from Amazon.
If you are purchasing the item as a gift, items can be wrapped for an additional fee.
You can also choose to send the gift with a special note and be comfortable knowing that the item will not arrive with a receipt.
4. Amazon Has So Many Options
I’ve said it already but when it comes books, they still have one of the most impressive collections around.
One of the biggest advantages they have is their massive seller marketplace that allows users to create listings for used, new rare and collectible books that Amazon may have never sold in the first place.
Autographed books, out of print books, and textbooks are all available.
They’ve got great Christian biographies, Bibles, books on faith, discipleship, stewardship, Christian leadership, self-development, devotionals, or Christian living.
Practically any book that has been published in the last century is available for purchase in some form within the site’s listings.
Amazon started off as an online bookseller but has grown to the point where now they have everything you could think of – from fridge freezers to shoes, from the latest Hillsong album to Evangelism tracts and Christian clothing.
5. Amazon has Customer Reviews
For me, this is the biggest reason I always buy my books from Amazon.
For any book you can read other people’s reviews and feedback. This is golden!
You can read what they took from the book and if they would recommend it or not. Amazon have a 5 start rating system.
On any item you can also read a book summary, professional reviews, and see similar books.
On most books, additional pictures and pages from inside the book are available for your review. You can sometimes read the first chapter for free.
Amazon’s reputation, massive inventory, easy-to-use site, excellent shipping options, payment options, superior customer support and a return policy that lets you buy without doubt or regret make this the number one site for buying Christian books online.
You simply wouldn’t get this in a small Christian book store.
(You are however, still supporting local Christian bookseller because many of them sell on Amazon.)
Best of all, Amazon’s prices are often unbeatable.
See for yourself by visiting Amazon.com