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Where to buy books online in South Africa

Looking for something new to read? Why not shop online and browse hundreds of titles at once?

Looking for a new read? Why not shop online and browse hundreds of titles at once?

Whether you’re a seasoned book lover or are looking for a new hobby, there are millions of titles out there waiting to be discovered. To help you find the ones that you’ll really enjoy, we’ve come up with a list of online retailers that allow you to browse a huge range of books at once.

From science fiction to romance, self-help to travel, you’ll find what you’re looking for at one of the sites listed below. Plus see which stores offer free shipping and save some rands with a coupon.

Check out the latest in shopping and >ebook readers from these fantastic retailers.

Where to buy books online in South Africa

  • Book Depository
  • Takealot
  • Readers Warehouse
  • eBay

Where the Crawdads Sing


Amazon stocks millions of items through third-party sellers, meaning that you’ll always find a great range of books to choose from. It also makes it easy to compare prices on the same product and get yourself the best price.

  • Long established online provider with secure website
  • Secure payment system
  • Get free shipping and returns on millions of items
  • The specialists in Kindle, paperback and hardcover books of all types
  • Pay by Mastercard and Visa
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Zavvi books


Zavvi has a range of collectibles, books and book lights. If you are a lover of Marvel comics, Captain America, Friends, Dr Who and more, you may find just what you are looking for at Zavvi.

  • Payment methods accepted include Openpay, Zip, Mastercard, Visa, Maestro and Diners
  • Affordable shipping
  • Collectibles, film and TV, gaming, music and more
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AliExpress books


Online deals site AliExpress sells a range of books with something to suit every member of the family, all at great prices. There is free delivery from some sellers.

  • Everything you need for the home, hobbies, health, cleaning, beauty and more
  • Easy to use site
  • Discounts and vouchers are available, and there are regular sales
  • Payment methods accepted include PayPal, iDeal, Yandex.Money and credit and debit cards
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ASOS books


ASOS has a range of fashion and homewares as well as some super books. ASOS reads between the lines to bring you the freshest in clothing, shoes, books, accessories and gifts.

  • 10% discount for students
  • Free delivery on orders over US$63.20
  • PayPal, Apple Pay and Afterpay all accepted
  • 7 working days delivery
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Book Depository books

Book Depository

Whether you are after the latest romance, thriller, crime novel, children’s book or something entirely different there is sure to be a page turner to suit at the Book Depository.

  • PayPal Maestro, American Express and Visa are all payment options
  • Shipping to South Africa is free
  • Regular discounts and offers

Takealot books


As one of South Africa’s leading online retailers, Takealot stocks a good selection of books across all genres.

  • Big warehouses mean supplies are less likely to run out
  • Regular sales and discounts
  • Avoid human contact by using pick-up points
  • Standard delivery is free for orders that total R450 or more
  • Lots of easy ways to pay including Cash on Delivery (COD), eBucks, Discovery Miles, Maestro and credit and debit cards

Readers Warehouse books

Readers Warehouse

With a name like Readers Warehouse, you know you’re going to find plenty of books at this online store.

  • Offers suggestions based on what you’ve bought before
  • Product reviews ensure you know what you’re getting
  • Helpful online chat service
  • Free delivery when you spend R500 or more plus free branch collection
  • Pay with PayFast, Mastercard or Visa


With tons of new items added to the site every day, eBay is a great place to search for books. It’s also one of the best places to look for limited-print and hard-to-find titles.

  • Buyer protection
  • Competitive prices
  • Easy checkout with PayPal, credit or debit card.
  • Afterpay is available from some sellers
  • Sign up to eBay Plus and score free shipping and returns on millions of items

Which of these retailers offer free delivery?

  • Amazon: Free delivery from selected sellers.
  • AliExpress: Free and low-cost delivery options widely available.
  • Book Depository: Shipping to South Africa is free of charge.
  • ASOS: Free delivery on orders over US$63.20.
  • Takealot: Standard delivery is free for orders that total R450 or more.
  • Readers Warehouse: Free delivery when you spend R500 or more plus free branch collection.
  • eBay: Free shipping from many sellers.

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