♡ 48 ( +1 | -1 ) chess materialWhere do people at GK get their books, cd's, boards, etc? So far I've used Amazon (quite efficient) and Chess Cafe (quick and knowledgable). I haven't tried Gameknot. I've tried USCF and have been disappointed in the past. I order three books from catalogue and they come back on three different dates, some weeks later. Maybe they've gotten better. You people in Europe might go to different vendors. I don't know. Just curious.
♡ 57 ( +1 | -1 ) My purchase on books...I get my books from local book stores... When ever I visit other busy mertopolitan areas I visit any major book stores or chess shops that might be in town... This way you can pre-read and see if the book has the material you are looking for... When your library collection on chess books grow, you will find it's harder to find new material or info on the game that you don't already posess... Though web sites do offer info on its books offered, it's still doesn't beat the book in hand before the purchase is made...
♡ 33 ( +1 | -1 ) Working in London . . .. . . I have the choice of two good quality chess shops within reasonably easy reach, and some of the larger bookshops have a wide stock as well. I don't therefore use mailorder - if I were living farther away from town I'd probably use the London Chess Centre website to order anything I wanted.
♡ 51 ( +1 | -1 ) USCF & Chess ExpressI got a nice wooden travel set from Chess Express ... delivered on time and all in one piece (also had the best price on this set among many competitors).
I got a tourney set (roll up board and large dbl-weighted pieces) from USCF. It was cheap (c. $25 incl. shipping). Took about 10 days to arrive ... a little slower than a typical Amazon shipment, but not bad.
I have gotten all my chess books from the local bookstore or from Amazon (Xmas sure makes me appreciate Amazon!).
♡ 35 ( +1 | -1 ) One thing I do . . .to see and read the book first is go to my local library and request the book interlibrary loan. That way I can get a book to evaluate from somewhere around the country before I make the decision. Most of the time I buy through Amazon nowadays. Ebay has a collection of chess boards, tables and pieces, though there caveat emptor is in order.
♡ 43 ( +1 | -1 ) eBayThe last dozen chess books I have acquired have all arrived via eBay.co.uk. I normally pick up brand new chess classics for a couple of pounds each. A cheap and convenient way to add to my Chess Library.......
At this time of the year the London Chess Centre normally send me a list of their bargain books, £5 each or 5 for £20. Some good titles amongst the list, but not as cheap as Ebay.