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A1 Books
Online bookseller listing 500,000 books from major publishers at 32% off hardcover trade titles and 22% off paperback trade titles.

Aaron Books
A Canadian online bookstore that appears to have been abandoned some time ago.

Adventurous Traveler Bookstore
A fantastic travel bookstore with everything from maps and travel tapes to CD ROMS and travel accessories.

All Direct Books
Discounts audio books 41%, hardcover books 40%, paperbacks 36% and mass market 31%.

Amazon.com
The largest and most successful online bookstore. They've recently expanded to also include music, videos, toys, electronics, and auctions. Am I the only one who dislikes the extra two clicks to get to the books?

Apologia Book Shoppe
Christian and Confederate history books and tapes, promoting historic Christian doctrines (Reformed Covenantal Theology).

Armageddon Books
When's the world going to go boom? Is the Internet the Antichrist? The more than 500 books and videos at this bible prophecy bookstore offer a variety of opinions and theories about the days to come.

Armchair Sailor Seabooks
Another fantastic niche bookseller offering every imaginable marine publication.

Barnes & Noble
The giant of the brick-and-mortar bookselling industry, bn.com comes in a distant second place in the online arena.

Blackwells Online Bookshop
Blackwell's is a UK based bookstore chain, owned by the Blackwell family (who else) who also own Blackwell Publishers and Blackwell Science. Their online store specializes in non-fiction trade and textbooks.

Bookcloseouts.com
Where books go when they die. Bookcloseouts.com sells remaindered books exclusively.

Books Now
An online bookseller based in Salt Lake City offering discounted books, audiobooks and magazines.

Books of the Bible
This Lancaster, WI bookstore is a family-owned shop providing Bibles, books, children's books, Christian music, and gifts at discount prices.

Booksamillion.com
Online entry from a smaller US chain. While the site looks snazzy, the selection pales in comparison to Amazon's, and even Barnes & Noble's. You might want to try the Joe Muggs coffee though. It's great stuff.

BookSense.com
Independent bookstores have been hurt hard by online bookstore competition. Booksense.com is their way of fighting back. Due to launch in the fall of 1999, the goal of Book Sense is to establish a brand that identifies independent bookstores and elevates the consciousness of consumers about independents and what they have to offer.

Booksmith
The online entry of a well known independent bookstore in San Francisco, Booksmith offers a 500,000 book database, and features some out of the ordinary selections on its front page. Worth a look.

BooksWithoutBorders.com
No, this has nothing to do with snubbing the bookstore chain, this niche bookseller sells foreign language and bilingual children's books, videos and audiocassettes.

BookWorkz
A specialty bookstore for construction, architecture, building and developing books and software.

Borders.com
Another chain entering the online arena. I've found their service to be good, though the site is poorly designed and their servers overload frequently.

BuyBooks.com
The Buy.com bookstore area. The pages load fast, but this site is not the easiest to navigate. Buy.com also sells computer hardware and software, videos, games, music, and 'surplus' (a mix of the previously mentioned categories and consumer electronics, and maybe a kitchen sink or two).

Camelot.ca
Canadian computer bookstore (based in Quebec). Site available in both English and French.

Cody's Books
The online site of the well known California independent bookseller. This site is a little rough around the edges, but is a great alternative if you want online bookselling with a personal touch.

ConsciousMedia.com
A well designed, comprehensive bookstore specializing in body/mind/spirit books.

DogWise from Direct Book Service
An online bookstore filled with dog and cat books.

EastWest.com
Another bookstore specializing in spiritual and new age books and tapes.

efollet.com
Sells new and used college textbooks

Essential Media
A discount 'counterculture' catalog. Interesting products, difficult to use store interface.

Fatbrain.com
Formerly known as Computer Literacy, Fat Brain is an online professional bookstore specializing in computer, science and internet titles.

Fertile Ground Books
For farming, agriculture and plant books. A very nice looking, easy to navigate site.

Galley Slaves
A geographically organized bookstore with history, fiction, food & cooking and biography titles.

Heffers Online Bookshop
Heffers is a Cambridge, UK-based chain of bookshops which has been in existence since 1876.

Just For Kids
A large online bookstore for children's books, multimedia, and toys.

KingBooks.com
An online bookstore with a one million title database.

Laissez Faire Books
A huge selection of libertarian books, and a very nice, easy to navigate site.

Login Brothers Book Company
A Canadian bookstore specializing in medicine, veterinary, dentistry, nursing, physical therapy, pharmacy, and other health care titles.

Midnight Special Bookstore
The online offering of a Santa Monica independent bookstore specializing in political titles.

NewAgeBooks.com
Spiritual, new age titles galore in this online bookstore. Over 30,000 books listed.

OA Books
A Canadian computer bookstore.

Olssons Books & Records
Washington's oldest independently-owned book and music store. The online store design is unusual, but not too difficult to navigate.

One Bookstreet.com
Online retailer of remainder, out-of-print and publisher overstocked books.

Photo-Eye Books and Prints Online
A great looking photography bookstore featuring photograhy books and prints.

Powells Books
An outstanding online bookstore from Powell's, the Portland area new and used bookstores.

Prairie Avenue Bookshop
The largest architectural bookstore in the world, with a comprehensive inventory of books on architecture, design, technology and related fields.

Schoolroom.com
A leading supplier of instructional and inspirational videos, books and CDs.

Softpro Bookstore
An independent computer bookstore located in Burlington, Massachusetts and Denver, Colorado.

Solterra Books
'Solterra Books sells children's books promoting gentle and worldly themes.'

Specialty Books
The "education resource people." This site features textbooks and course materials for students, faculty and administrators.

The Scholar's Bookshelf
Specializing in military history, history, fine arts, literature, and religion and philosophy.

The Tattered Cover
A disappointing site and book catalog from the outstanding Denver, Colorado independent bookseller.

Traders Press Bookstore
A nice looking online bookseller specializing in investment books.

Varsity Books
An online college bookstore where students can search for their school's required texts, or browse the virtual bookshelves.

WH Smith Internet Book Shop
The online store of UK bookselling chain WH Smith.

Wordsworth
A great online bookstore from an independent. Lots of information and exclusive interviews to keep book lovers busy.