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Audio Books
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Headers: Audio Books, DVD & Video, Music, Hobbies
Very large range of audiobooks, including fiction, radio and non fiction titles. Also a smallish selection of videos/DVDs that includes nostaglic film, TV dramas, crime, comedy and general interests. Very competitive pricing. Buy online or request a catalogue. Listen2 is based in St. Lawrence, Jersey, and is a division of Flying Flowers.
Free Delivery

Headers: Books, Electronics & Photo, Music, DVD, Video, Software, PC & Video Games, Home & Garden, Toys & Games
Although associated mostly with books of which they have a huge stock, covering nearly all subjects, Amazon now sells virtually everything. And their prices are surprisingly good. The electrical goods, for example, are very competitively priced. The site is very easy to navigate and there are also a huge selection of useful, and usually well written reviews for products. You can also search for goods available in the auction department plus you can get good deals from the many used items sold at Amazon.
Special Features: 30 returns policy.
Free Delivery on most orders >£15

BBC Shop
Headers: Audio books (CDs, Cassettes, MP3 CDs), Books, Calendar, Clothing, DVDs, Mixed Packs, Software, Toys & Games, Videos
The BBC is selling a range of over 4000 BBC related items, including many BBC television and radio productions as either audio books or DVDs or both. BBC books that accompany many productions are also available, as is a limited amount of toys and games. There is also a limited number of software titles, including some nice ones for younger children plus a few for PS2, GBA and Xbox. (For software, click software and then BBC Multimedia Website). I couldn't find any clothing, or calendars!

Crotchet Limited
Headers: Audio Books, Baroque, Chamber, Classical Home, Film Music, Historical, Jazz, Naxos, Orchestral, Sacred, Vocal, Warner, World
One of the UK's leading Classical CD sellers. They have very many titles and claim to have any known classical composer/artist, promising that if you can't find what you are looking for, if you contact them they will do their utmost to find it for you. They also have a great collection of jazz titles and a sizeable number of audio books from most genres. Crotchet is based in Birmingham.
Gift Wrapping: Free service
International Delivery Available

Mills & Boon
Headers: Romantic Fiction
If you like romantic fiction, then you will be spoilt for choice at Mills and Boon which lists a huge amount of romances from medical romances to intrigue. Membership to Mills and Boon online entitles you to 25% off the cover price of all Special releases and all MIRA books.
International Deliveries Available

Penguin UK
Headers: Find a Book, Free Stuff, For Children, Authors, Events Diary, Extracts, Gift Selector, Interviews, Readers' Groups, Audiobooks
Huge variety of books for all age-groups and all tastes, including the famous Penguin Classics, plus audiobooks and eBooks for Microsoft, Adobe and Palm Readers. You can also find the Rough Guides, Which? and Time Out series'. In addition to books there are loads of extra features. For example you can read extracts of the latest releases on the website. And each month there are new author interviews, competitions, quizzes, reading groups, events, promotions and tips on how to get published.
International Delivery Available

Headers: Music, Film & TV, Books, Garden
As you can see from the headers, Selections offers a rather eclectic mix of products. Large selection of CDs, classical and modern, but specialising in classical, often at very competitive prices but also stock a good range of jazz, nostalgia, soundtracks and popular titles. Large selection of DVDs, videos and tapes. The book department stocks a wide range of deleted and remainder books covering most subject areas, so plenty of bargains to be had. Good range of classical sheet music. If jigsaws are your thing, then there is plenty of choice here. The garden department offers a good range of gardening accessories, from lawnmowers to bird boxes.
Special Features: 60 day returns policy. Selections is based in Dorchester.
International Delivery Available
Large selection of audiobooks - click on CDs and choose Spoken word

Tesco.com Books
Headers: Books
With over 1.2 million titles to choose from, including non fiction and text books as well as best sellers, Tesco is certainly a relatively serious contender in the book seller market plus you get gift wrapping and clubcard points! They claim to be cheaper than Amazon for chart books, so you might like to check them out.
Gift Wrapping: £2.50
Free Delivery on orders >£20

Headers: Music, Podcasts, Audiobooks, Music Videos
The famous music download store, providing songs from all four major labels and hundreds of independents plus podcasts, audiobooks and music videos. When you first visit you will be prompted to download the iTunes software (by the way it's a large download - 21MB). During installation, iTunes will offer to find and import your current music collection. When the software is installed you can preview more than a million songs, over 12,000 audiobook titles and watch music videos and movie trailers. Downloads are MP3s.



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 Gifts for Book Lovers

WebwatchLightwedge -
This is the perfect portable companion for every reader.
Simply rest the Lightwedge on your book - it beams Powerplay Basketballa pane of crisp white light onto the page you are reading - without any glare or stray light disturbing others.
It’s perfect for when you want to read in the dark or when there isn’t much light - in bed, on a plane, in your car, when camping, even in the bath. It also doubles as a bookmark.
The Lightwedge uses cool LED lights which are guaranteed to last the life of your Lightwedge. It has two brightness levels and takes four AAA batteries (not supplied)
It measures around 7 x 9 inches so is suitable for paperback and hardback books.
www.needapresent.com £29.99 + £3.99 P&P = £33.98


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