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I have to admit I don't buy books very often. I have a Kindle so I always get my books off Amazon and when I buy my daughter books we always get them from the supermarket.
It was only a few weeks ago when my friend handed me a Book People catalogue she had been given in work I decided to take a look. I remember the Book People from school and they always had a lovely selection of books and great prices.
The website is easy to use. It is well laid out with a search bar at the top and all the categories of books. I spent some time browsing but I was looking for something in particular I wanted for my daughters birthday the first week of March.
Each book has a good description next to it so you are clear on what you are buying. I chose a Mr Men and Little Miss glitter book set which was £19.99 much cheaper than I could find it anywhere else. The books came in a box and there was a list of the books included so I could check against other books we already have in the series so we are not doubling up.
I placed my order last Wednesday. I had a free delivery code but normally delivery is around £2.99 which is competitive when compared to other online retailers. I had an email conformation on the Friday to confirm my order had been dispatched along with a tracking code to trace it.
My books arrived today. They were packaged in a lovely branded box. Inside the box was air filled cushions surrounding the set so it arrived in good condition. The invoice was placed on top of the books and was easy to understand.
These books are a present so I have only had a quick look inside but they are fantastic quality and excellent value for money.
Shopping with the Book People has been a pleasant and easy experience and I am now looking forward to ordering more books from the website.
I love reading and I buy a lot of books, and The Book People are one of my favourite companies to buy from.
Unlike Amazon they don't promise to stock every single book that has been released - instead concentrating on the most popular books.
You can buy online from the website or from their cute little mail order catalogue which gets sent out every few weeks, and the savings are huge with books sold at a fraction of the "high street" price. You can also buy in the workplace if a Book People van visits your place of work (This works by them leaving some books which people can buy and them then returning for the money a week or two later), although I prefer to use the catalogue or go online.
TV tie-ins, cookery books and children's books make up a big selection of their stock, although you will also find other gems too. They also specialise in book sets where you can get an entire series of books ridiculously cheap! Even cheaper than the normal books are "book ends" sold on the website - older books which they have a few copies left of.
P&P is free on orders over £25 or there is a selection of postage options to suit most people (including a single book rate of £1.95).
One of the things I really like about The Book People is that they reward customer loyalty. If you order more than 4 times in a 12 month period you become a points passport holder which entitles you to a free upgrade to priority postage on each order placed (worth £4.99 a time). Also, for every book you buy you earn book points which can be saved until you have enough points to buy a book.
If you use the website to place orders you can track them online and see when they've been dispatched and when they should arrive which is very handy if you;re impatient like me!
If you normally just use Amazon I would really recommend having a look at what the Book People have to offer as you may be very pleasantly surprised!
Remember those mail order book clubs years ago (they probably still exist) where you'd have to buy so many books a year/month, or get sent the book of the month and subsequently get charged for it after forgetting to send it back on time? No matter how tempting the offers, there was always a catch and I for one was always caught out. Well, The Book People is not one of these clubs!
I have been buying from this company for years and have never been let down. I started buying from them through work- a nice man would bring a selection of books once in a while, we'd order and receive them the following week - simples! I then started receiving their catalogues and now do the majority of my browsing and shopping online at www.thebookpeople.co.uk.
The books are amazing value, a fraction of the R.R.P. and you really do save a lot of money. The catalogues always feature a great selection of books for every age group, and they often have the latest titles so you don't feel like you're browsing through the bargain bucket at the local charity shop. Recent catalogues have also included vouchers for free postage which is always a big bonus in my opinion.
The website is very user friendly, all of the titles being categorised to make it easier and quicker to browse a certain genre. The descriptions are clear and concise and customers can add their own reviews. Ordering is easy too- simply add the books to your basket, or you can order by post, fax or phone if you prefer. Standard delivery takes 5-7 days (although I have received orders in three days before) and costs £1.95 for single items, £3.95 for multiple items (free on orders over £25). You can choose the more expensive next day delivery option if you're in a hurry. As mentioned before I have always found the service to be faultless.
One more thing that's worth mentioning is that you collect points on the books you buy and these can then be redeemed against books in the future. If you order at least four times a year you can join the points passport scheme for extra benefits such as exclusive books and offers and free priority postage but I personally have not signed up for this so cannot tell you how worthwhile it is.
If you're book mad like myself, have lots of kids to buy for, or just don't like paying ridiculous money for a book, give The Book People a go!
The good thing about thebookpeople.co.uk is that yes they do offer very good deals on books. however be aware that their systems cannot cope with the fast pace of the online markets. Not only did it take them the best part of a week just to process my order, they took another few weeks to get it out to me. I even had to continually contact them to ensure that they were processing my request and then took a lot of time to get back to me. I will not be shopping with them again and I would advise anyone who does to be prepared to wait for a long time until they recieve their order! certainly did not meet any of my expectations. avoid the hassle and buy elsewhere.
I first discovered the book people about 5 years ago when they came to my office. I could not believe how cheap the books were - often around 75% off the RRP.
If they come to your place of work they alway have a good selection of books, both for children and adults. Importantly, they also take credit cards even when out on the road, so you don't need to have a lot of spare cash on you.
The book people's website is excellent. You can filter the books in a variety of ways to help you track down the publication you are after.
The selection of children's books is always excellent and it's a great site to visit if you are looking for gift inspiration. For very young children you can currently get great value Night Garden, Peppa Pig and Ben & Holly books.
They also do a good selection of children's activity books, worth looking at if you are after school holiday entertainment.
The adult section is large and varied, you will find lots of fiction, biographies, cookery books and reference books - basically all the kinds of things you'd expect to find in a decent book shop. The books they sell are constantly updated, but be warned that if you spot a bargain book you should snap it up - I've dithered in the past and gone back a few days later to find them all sold out.
If your order comes to over £25 then delivery is free, below this and the standard charge is £3.95, which is a little pricey if you only want a couple of books. However, you can virtually always find a free delivery code if you do a quick online search and in 5 years I've not yet once had to pay for delivery.
Delivery times are always good and all of my orders have arrived in 3 - 5 working days.
This is a great book site and well worth adding to your favourites.
The Book People have to rate as one of my all-time best finds! I came across one of their booklets (not really big enough to be called a catalogue!) about 10 years ago and have been a faithful and delighted customer ever since.
This is NOT a book club - you never have to buy anything!
In a nutshell, they sell heavily-discounted books - but unlike some of the discount book stores you find, these are often recent, popular books you actually want to read. The stock is not huge, but it is ever-changing, and they have some great sales too.
The best deals for me have been in three main areas:
The first is what I would call 'coffee table books' - travel (e.g. Michael Palin), gardening, cookery (Jamie, Nigella) etc. I have bought some for myself but many as presents - sumptuous hardbacks with RRPs of £20 - £30 often appear for well less than £10. I buy these when I see them and put them away for birthdays or Christmas.
The second is children's books. They do sell a range of individual books, but where they really excel is in sets of books. For example, you can usually get ten picture books (of the £4 - £5 variety) for £10. Or complete sets of Beatrix Potter, Thomas the Tank Engine or The Mr Men - all around the £30 mark, way less than buying individually. Or for older children, a set of Astrosaurs, Sir Gadabout, or those ubiquitous fairy books so popular with 7-year-old girls. For even older children, Lemony Snicket, Alex Rider, ... all massively discounted. We've also had complete sets of audiobooks (e.g. Roald Dahl, Just William). In all these cases you get a set of books for a fraction of the RRP - usually about what it would cost to buy a couple of the books individually.
These have been utterly brilliant for my own children, but again, fantastic for presents. Particularly when the kids were at the age when they were going to loads of birthday parties, and I didn't know the child concerned very well, I used to keep a 'present drawer' of some of these great books - problem solved!
NB I have it on good authority that Santa also finds these a great bargain when it comes to school Christmas parties!
The third is for myself - sometimes I have found I have read something by an author (e.g. Kathy Reichs, Anita Shreve, Alexander McCall Smith) and wanted to read more - The Book People have obliged with the same great offers of often 10 books for £10. Unbelievable value - better than buying second hand!
You can buy in several ways - one of the things they do is go into workplaces, schools etc, and you can order or buy direct. However, if they do this where you work, you probably already know all about them! A better approach if you buy books regularly is to get registered as a customer - you can order online, over the phone or using the form in the booklet you get sent each month. I have tried all five of the above and have always received great customer service, no problems whatsoever. The advantage of being a direct customer is that you get points for each purchase which can be used to get free books - yippee!
If you spend £25 or more, delivery is free too - as you will see from what I have previously said, this limit is not something I find difficult!
I have saved a fortune over the years in presents, have kept my bookworm kids well-equipped with plenty of good reading material, and discovered some great new authors into the bargain. I could not rate them more highly.
I first came across 'The Book People' when they used to come round to my place of work each week and drop off a different batch of books. They used to leave a sample of each book and a price list and order form that you could then fill in and have your book brought within a couple of weeks to your work place. I used to love having a look at the latest delivery as they were all brilliant value and had a range for both adults and children. Occasionally they had items other than books such as cookwear, childrens toys etc.
I then left the company and found myself missing the great value of The Book People and certainly missed it when it came to birthdays as I'd usually keep an eye out for presents for upcoming birthdays. At Christmas they also have some brilliant deals. I googled The Book People on the internet and was very happy to find that they had a website offering a bigger range but still with the great value that the representatives offered door to door.
Since then I have placed a few orders via the website and I've always been really pleased with the service. Also on the website you can collect points the more you shop online which can then build up until you have enough to order yourself a free book, this is a nice little bonus.
Once you order online they will then send you a monthly flyer through the post with the latest offers. They often have offers where you can buy a set of books, sometimes for the RRP (recommended retail price) cost of one of the series in a highstreet bookshop. The Book People claim that all books will be sold with a minimum of 50% off the RRP price which is fantastic as the highstreet usually go by this RRP. A couple of examples are Stephen Fry's 'Last Chance to See' for £5 instead of the RRP of £20, and Michael Palin's 'New Europe' at £3 instead of £20. As you can see there are huge savings to be made and it's nice to see a book company not sticking to the RRP's as these tend to be very expensive.
Delivery is reasonable at £1.95 per book or £3.95 for more than one book or free for orders over £25.00 which is also a nice touch. There are often codes on voucher websites to get free delivery delivery on smaller orders.
I would recommend The Book People 100% and I will continue to order from them myself, both for books for me and for birthday and Christmas presents.
The Book People are are company who have self-employed traders working for them, a bit like Avon or Betterware in that they are commission based and they sell products to members of the public.
I'd not heard of the Book People until they came into the place I work one day, and they had a few tables of books, all new, at discounted prices.
It seems they come into my place of work each month, this month I purchased The World of Peter Rabbit as a gift for a friend's little one who is soon to be Christened, for £30 which is a set of 23 books normally retailing for £140.
They usually have a good selection from young childrens books to teenage books as well as adult fiction and non-fiction, cookery books are usually a favourite of mine. All of the books are dicounted from the RRP.
The man who comes to sell in my workplace is always friendly (but he would be I guess as he probably makes a fortune by the number of people that work in our office!). They also take payments by card so it's easy to buy more than you wanted to.
I recently discovered that you can also order from the Book People online, although i've not used this yet I may do towards Christmas time. If you do use their online store they offer cashback through Quidco.
I first used The Bookpeople through my workplace. We get regular deliveries of a selection of books. You normally have a few days to look over the selections and see if you want to buy them. Your orders are then delivered on a set date. The ranges changes each time but is always good value, normally mostly non-fiction (cook books, history, guides etc) and always some good kids choices. I found them great for presents - I normally pick bits up throughout the year ready for Xmas as the prices are heavily discounted.
I then discovered they are also online as well. I've bought a range of good books from them - all at great prices.
They have some great deals on sets of books (eg. all the Sookie Stackhouse novels) and the range of childrens books is excellent. They have the latest books but doesn't have the same depth as Amazon or similar.
I think it is a great site to browse if you are looking for a book on a certain subject or want to get a gift for someone.
I've found the delivery service to be excellent, my order came very quickly and I had no issues at all with it.
There are great offers and deals on this site and if you love books, it is worth checking out.
The Book People is a great company to use for cheap books. They are an online, catalogue and workplace company, so there are many ways you can access their great offers.
I first came across this company when they started sending books to work. I managed to get many books for my daughter at very cheap prices. My mum then started getting the catalogue and I soon discovered a new way I could buy!
The Book People sell books at cheap prices. They sell single books and also packs of series of books. It is the series of books that offer the best bargains in my opinion. It is possible to save huge amounts on the price on collections of various popular series. I have bought Daisy Meadows books, Enid Blyton, Doctor Who, Roald Dahl and many many more over the years. They also offer lots of books for very young children and it is possible to buy packs of 10 books for a fraction of the price if you bought them singly in a bookshop. They don't have the same selection of books as you would find in a bookshop or somewhere like Amazon or play, but they have a huge variety and you can find some real bargains.
If you are buying online, they have a very good filter system to help you find the kind of book you want - the age filters for the children's books are particularly useful.
You don't have to buy a book a month like you do with some book clubs. You just look through the catalogue and order what you like with no pressure to spend a minimum amount. The postage if you buy online or from the catalogue is very reasonable and the books arrive quickly. If you spend over £20 (very easy to do!) there is free postage. Single book orders are half the standard delivery charge. There is also a next day delivery service if you are in a rush. Unusually, there are also postage discounts for OAP's, registered disabled, registered carers, foster parents and registered childminders. If you buy from the books that are delivered to your workplace then there is no postage to pay.
If you buy from the online or paper catalogue, you will earn 'book points' which you can then use to get free books.
All in all, it is well worth a visit to see which books they currently have on offer. They make great gifts at very reasonable prices.
Once upon a time a Book People representative used to visit my workplace every month and leave a box of assorted books for our perusal. Until one day a wicked executive decided that the reception was no place for bargain priced reading material and banished them from the building forever! How delighted was I to then discover that they had a website...hurrah! I can now waste time at my desk looking at the bargains rather than stand in that drafty old reception!
Even better than that, they have a lot more books on their site than you could fit in a crate and with all the different categories listed on the left hand side of the front page, you can find exactly what genre interests you.
They have a great selection but supply is limited and changes frequently so it doesn't pay to hesitate. I have purchased some wonderful collections at amazing discounts, but it can be pure chance that they have what you want, when you want it.
If you are looking for gifts then I suggest you buy through the year and hide them away rather than popping onto the site in December with the forlorn hope that what you spotted in April might still be available.
You can subscribe to an email newsletter so you never miss a deal and they will send you a colourful little catalogue on a regular basis.
You also get points from your purchases so that you can earn free books.
The website itself is easy to navigate and you also have the option of ordering over the phone if you feel more comfortable.
This all sounds wonderful, I hear you say... so what's the downside?
The downside is that you pay for shipping unless your order is over a certain amount, usually £30 but they do have promotions when this level is dropped a little. This means it's worth comparing against the usual suspects who do the p&p for free.
Back to the positive, and I must add that the deliveries that I have received have arrived swiftly and safely. All books in mint condition and not a crease or tear in sight.
It really is a pleasant little oasis for the thirsty bookworm so take a little look and see if you can grab a bargain.
This is an amazing online shop where I buy ALL of my book-related presents. They have the most amazing offers and often have big sales where prices are even cheaper. Last January I did the majority of my Christmas shopping for this year in the sale and got lots of childrens books for £2 that had jigsaws in them, pop ups, made sounds etc. One was Peter Rabbit, another Shrek and another Fairy Princesses. They also often do book sets of ten books for £9.99, and have lots of usborne books and a much lower price than buying from a rep. Standard postage costs £3.50 and takes 5-7 seven working days but if you spend over £25 postage is free. You can also collect points on your points passport when you sign up which you can use to get free books, although you do have to collect a lot of points, for 150 points you can get a £2.99 book free. Also sometimes when you spend over £40 you get a free diary. depending on the time of year. They offer a great range of children and adult titles and lots of non-fiction books, especially cookery books. My only issue is tht on two occasions deliveries have been thrown over my back wall and books have been damaged but after one phone call they were replaced immediately.
The Book People is a mail order/online book seller.
They have a website [www.thebookpeople.co.uk] and also produce a catalogue which they will be more than happy to send to if you get on their mailing list. The catalogues get sent out at about monthly intervals, but they seem to come a little sooner at Christmas.
It differs from many others such as Amazon in that it has quite a limited stock. By this I mean that the number of books available at any one time is limited, and also that the books themselves seem to be available for only a short time [at least for some of the inventory].
However, what may be lacking in terms of range, they make up for in terms of price. They claim that all books will be offered with a minimum discount of 50% off the recommended retail price, ranging up to a 70% discount. The current catalogue, for example, has Stephen Fry's "Last Chance to See" at £5.00 [RRP £20.00] and Michael Palin's "New Europe" at £3.00 [RRP £20.00].
Particular savings can be made on book sets: five John le Carre books are available at £7.99 for the set [obviously, if you've got some them, this becomes less attractive, but I'm sure you get the point].
About half of each catalogue is devoted to children's books, so this may be of more interest to some rather than others.
Delivery is £1.95 for one book, £3.95 for more than one, and is free for orders over £25.00. There are often codes floating around on voucher sites which will give free delivery at a lower threshold.
The company also operate through a system of agents who will drop off a small range of books at offices and other places of work, and will return after about 7-10 days to take orders. The choice is particularly limited, then, but there is the advantage of being able to see the books, and there is no delivery charge then.
One of these catalogues arrived through the post just before Christmas, so I decided to have a peruse. My mum used to order from The Book People quite a lot, though that seems have dwindled of late. So who are they and what do they do and why? The Book People might sound like some childrens' fantasy tv show, in the mould of The Borrowers, but it is infact a company selling books at heavily discounted prices.
If you have been lucky enough to have received a catalogue, then you can flick through and place an order that way. Alternatively, you can visit the website and order online. With most orders despached within 3-4 days, the service is prompt and reliable. I have ordered with them and received well packaged books within this time frame. They arrive wrapped firmly and with a little literature inside, telling you more about what other books are on offer.
The catalogue does seem to be a touch brief, though the full range of titles is available online. I noticed in the run-up to Christmas that there were a lot of children's books available and an awful lot of mystery books! Maybe these are the target customers! There is something for everyone though, from gardening to cookery to biographies of the rich and famous. The catalogue is a delight to read, with colour pictures and enough information on each title available.
The savings are good. On hardbacks in particularly, you can save pounds on the retail price and the books are usually recent titles too. You can also save money by buying bulk sets. For instance, there was an offer on the Mr Men collection a few weeks ago. All the titles for about ten quid, which is exceptional value.
The website is easy to navigate, the ordering process straight forward and it is fast loading without any complex menus. I tend to browse when it is someone's birthday or Christmas. There are some wonderful gift ideas, my only criticism would be they could expand the titles on offer. That aside, it comes highly recommended.
The Book People are a fantastic company who sell books at hugely discounted prices! They are perfect for buying books at cheap prices or for presents!
There is no actual shop to browse but you can buy online at thebookpeople.co.uk or you can phone up. You do also get catalogues from them once in a while with some of their books in to give you an idea of what they are selling. However unlike places like Amazon they are not going to sell every book you have ever heard of and have a limited range at a time!
I order online though as I prefer it and you can get 5% cashback which makes a great deal even better! If you are not sure what a cashback site is I would appreciate if you read my review (my first review) and recommend that everyone join one as they save you lots of money!
The site is decent enough and easyish to navigate. I visit the website quite often and scan the homepage for any excellent deals (which is always!) The thing they are best for though is collections. These often average out at roughly a £1 each and are quite popular books about 6 months old which is brilliant! E.g. At the moment there is a deal where you can get 15 Roald Dahl books for £15.99! This is amazing and cheaper than a couple of books at RRP! This is meant to have an RRP of £85.85!
You have to sign up to the site before you buy anything but this takes a couple of minutes and is like every other online shop!
You also earn points with every purchase and it tells you how many points you are going to get next to each item. This is basically one for each full pound e.g. £15.99 is 15 points. You can then redeem your points to get a free book starting at 150 for a book worth £2.99 to 500 for £9.99. These increase 50 more points for each pound! This is great though and this combined with cashback combined with brilliant deals make this fantastic!
You do have to pay for delivery however if your order is under £25 so it is best getting a big order. Delivery is £3.50 for standard delivery or £1.75 for just one item! The delivery always arrives and is roughly the time they state it is going to be on the website. However there are nearly always codes available for free delivery so I would check before ordering!
I even recently got a free gift for ordering over £40 so got my books at great prices, cashback, book points and a free gift all together which is brilliant!
Overall I think the Book People are brilliant with great prices, good delivery, and cashback available and makes a change from paying £7.99 or something for a book in an expensive shop like Waterstones!
Thanks for reading :)
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