Book readers can have a lot of fun in shopping for their favorite titles and other great reading material. Online stores are stocked with a wide variety of titles in dozens of different genres. Best of all, most of the books are always in stock.

By contrast, a brick and mortar shop may not always carry copies of certain titles. Readers should have the chance to order a book at anytime and expect express delivery the next day. Online book shops allow customers to find specific books based on a variety of criteria such as the name of the author, ISBN and certain keywords.

When ordering books in bulk online, customers can save a lot of money. For example, up to 20 percent may be taken off the final checkout price of a large order. Teachers usually make bulk orders on popular books that are read in English classes and other literature courses. Academic departments usually buy the books and allow students to read them each year. For example, classic American novels are usually on the reading list in high school English classes. Bookpal is an example of an online shop that sells hard copies and digital books.

Electronic books may be bought at online shops that sell hard cover copies. Before downloading an entire title, readers have the chance to preview a few pages. Some books are actually available for free download due to expiration of copyright laws on titles that have been published more than a century ago.