I was looking for a book on learning about Excel pivot tables to give as a gift recently (makes a change from chocolates or a gift voucher – I know!) I found Pivot Table Data Crunching For Microsoft Office Excel 2007 on Amazon for $AU37.14 (25.93 + 11.21P&P).
Figuring it would be quicker to get it from a real bookshop, I dropped into the Adelaide Borders bookshop, but they didn’t have it on the shelf I then tried the Borders website - their online price for the same book is just $AU35.95, and they also happen to have an online price guarantee that they’ll beat Amazon’s standard price + shipping (not required in this case).
It would have been interesting to compare Borders online price to in-store price to see if they were the same. In any case, I ordered from them so we’ll see how quickly they deliver.
This all does make me wonder with the advent of Kindle eBook readers and downloadable movies what the future is for traditional book shops and video rental stores. Not particularly bright I suspect.