UK Amazon alternatives for ebooks and physical books

boycott AmazonAlthough Amazon dominates the UK book market, there are more alternatives than you may believe. If Amazon should collapse tomorrow (unlikely) or if you’d like to boycott Amazon, there are quite a few non-Amazon owned booksellers, from bricks and mortar stores to online stores selling physical books and ebooks, and I’ll list the ones I’ve come across.

First, I’ll start by listing the booksellers Amazon has a stake in or owns:

AbeBooks UK (new & used books)
Audible UK (mp3 audiobooks)
The Book Depository UK
ComiXology (comics)

Bricks and Mortar stores

Blackwell’s
Forbidden Planet (also sells comics & signed copies)
Foyles (London-based chain, also sell rare books)
Waterstones (the largest bookselling chain)
WHSmith
The Works (sells new books for as low as £0.99)

Online

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Alibris (new & used)
Aphrohead
Awesome Books
Biblio (also sell first editions & signed copies)
Blackwell’s
Book Mail
The Book People
Forbidden Planet
Foyles
Hive
Goldsboro Books (also sell first editions & signed copies)
Play.com
Waterstones
WHSmith
The Works
World of Books (new & used)

eBooks

Blackwell’s
BlinkBox Books – owned by Tesco a £billion supermarket chain
The Book People
eBooks.com
Foyles
Google Play – Books
Hive
iBooks
Kobo
Nook
Sainsbury’s eBooks – Sainsbury’s is a large supermarket chain
Waterstones
WHSmith

Many large and small publishers also have their own ebook stores.

Price comparison sites:
Book Butler
Find Book
Luzme (ebooks)

Bookswapping sites:
Bookmooch
ReadItSwapIt

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