Conceptualizing the vision of Affordable Books in 1998 had it’s own pros and cons. The idea of having books “Affordable” especially for students, low income groups, seniors and disabled people indeed was the main idea behind the ideology. Although, the other part of it was keeping in mind that we are still a business needing profits to exist, thus we strive to offer the affordability concept but pricing enough to make some profit for operational expenses and the cost of doing business.
Hence, we shy away from using “Cheap” as we are not the cheapest place like the mighty name in the bookselling industry. Yet however we are not expensive like the drop shippers or antique book dealers trying to make that high bucks. With this in mind though our flagship, www.affordable-booksonline.com and the rest of our online portfolios like www.usedbooksworld.com strives to still offer the best prices specially for out of print and hard to find books as well as bestsellers and textbooks.
So looking at it, we are in between on pricing but were niching on prompt delivery, customer service and high quality books offered and described. And as any fledgling independent bookseller, there’s a lot of tough times and challenges simply to exist but the joy of doing what we do and the love of books keeps as going each day on our store and online.
Now on our 18th year, a lot has happened and transitioned in the industry including mobile apps and online advertising. I do however thank our loyal customers through the years who has continuously patronized us over the years through thick and thin. If not for them were probably not in cyberspace by now yet we have prevailed. The best part of it is that our online stores nowadays exist on their own which is really hard without the big box bookselling marketplaces we used to all belong and whom has the advertising dollars and pool of books from online booksellers. Today we have streamline our participation on book marketplaces to the more specialized ones in tune to our concept of “affordability”.
As we go through our 18th year, our staff at ADLE International wishes to extend our special thanks to all of you.
Below the Belt –
From the book reporter,
Below the Belt: A Stone Barrington Novel
- Publication Date: January 3, 2017
- Genres: Fiction, Suspense, Thriller
- Hardcover: 336 pages
- Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons
- ISBN-10: 0399573976
- ISBN-13: 9780399573972
Stuart Woods is the author of forty-four novels, including the New York Times-bestselling Stone Barrington series and Holly Barker series. The last twenty-eight of them have been New York Times best-sellers.
The book story goes with newly ensconced in his Santa Fe abode with a lovely female companion, Stone Barrington receives a call from an old friend requesting a delicate favor. . A situation has arisen that could escalate into an explosive quagmire, and only someone with Stone’s stealth and subtlety can contain the damage. At the center of these events is an impressive gentleman whose star is on the rise, and who’d like to get Stone in his corner. He’s charming and ambitious and has friends in high places; the kind of man who seems to be a sure bet. But in the fickle circles of power, fortunes rise and fall on the turn of a dime, and it may turn out that Stone holds the key not just to one man’s fate, but to the fate of the nation.
When he does a favor for his friend that can be with sensitive damaging information, Stone Barrington may hold the key not just to a man’s fate but to the fate of the entire nation.
Another suspense thriller from Stuart Woods who in 1981 debut through “Chiefs” by winning the Edgar award which started his long prestigious writing career. Over the years, we have continuously supported Stuart Woods great written books.
About Affordable Books On Line
Some of ADLE International’s Affordable Books on line most bought bestsellers this year.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child –
The Hidden Life of Trees –
Fantastic Beast –
Star Wars Rogue One – One Secret Mission –
When Breathe Becomes Air –
The Underground Railroad –
The Gene –
The Undoing Project –
ADLE International started from a lof of humble beginnings, successes, pitfalls, and mistakes as any struggling start-up home based small business enterprise.
The story of Affordable Books and ADLE International encompasses the life stories and struggles of persistence and determination of it’s founder, author, writer, blogger
philanthropist, Alex Esguerra.
As a major brick and mortar online independent retailer, the storytelling begins with smallbusinessmentors in 1999. Fresh from the collapse of an export and etock market empire after being hit by the 1998 Asian Economic Crisis which led to the stock market collapse in 1999, a ever persistent entrepreneur roam the parks of Vancouver, B.C. homeless, hungry and struggling for survival.
However, faith, hope and determination persisted when a struggling Alex still managed to register ADLE International as a sole proprietorship in Salem, the capital city of the state of Oregon, USA.
Such a big mission for making books affordable for all.
- Today’s Amazon monopoly on books seems to be a hard task on making books affordable.
- Why is that when Amazon seems to be the cheapest site to buy books?
- Yes and No. it’s huge drop ship wholesale sellers might be dominating the cheapest price on new and used books. Yet, when your scouting that one hard to find book and the quantity is almost none, these same people are Gods pricing such books as “Gold”. Sometimes looking at one book can be $500 to $3000.
- As collectible as it may be it’s plain hoarding not to say will a real antiquitarian book collector really buy such a book?
- So literally the destruction on independent booksellers are we’re trying to make that small profit to survive on a new or used book but it’s impossible to compete as these sellers are selling way lower that the price we buy them from publishers and wholesalers. How they do this is a long explanation but nevertheless it’s their way of doing business.
- And again for the hard to find out of prints with considerable value valued at the priced of gold is another discussion.
So Affordability for us is competitive pricing while creating that book value, great service and personal buyer connection.
Yes the saga still continues on these monopolies but we’re here to stay our own saga at Affordable books