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Seal the deal

How often has it happened that you thought you’d bagged the best bargain on a website or a bookstore, only to realise that there was an even better deal out there? That need not happen to you anymore. A new website gives you the opportunity to compare prices of books across various online and offline stores to know what

books Updated: May 12, 2012 11:07 IST

How often has it happened that you thought you’d bagged the best bargain on a website or a bookstore, only to realise that there was an even better deal out there? That need not happen to you anymore. A new website gives you the opportunity to compare prices of books across various online and offline stores to know what to pick up and where.

The website, thisyathat.com, was launched on March 25 and compares prices of books on popular portals like Flipkart, uRead, HomeShop18 and stores like Landmark and Crossword, among others. Aneesh Satnaliwala, who founded the website with Shiv Kapoor and Gaurav Ragtah says, “The original idea for the website came from a discussion I had with Shiv.

In May 2011, we had an unpleasant experience ordering from an e-commerce store. Two days after receiving a book we found it at a cheaper price on another website. We realised that there are many different players in the online retail space and almost all of them have different prices and delivery time for the same book. Also, some of them offer the convenience of cash on delivery (COD), while others don’t”.

On ThisYaThat.com, you can either pick from the top-selling books across different categories or do a custom search. If you opt for the latter, enter the book title, the author name or the ISBN number. You can then see an updated list of prices and delivery times across a variety of online sellers and find out which of these sellers offer COD. The website offers real-time results, removing the need for sales alerts. Co-founder Shiv Kapoor says, “We have just added a small but important update to the site —the ability to browse bestsellers on the homepage.

This was one of the most requested features by our users. Our goal is to be the simplest and most intuitive way to buy books in the country. We will continue to add whatever helps us reach that goal.”

You Are Unique by APJ Abdul Kalam

uRead.com:        R197

Bookadda.com:     R231

Flipkart.com:     R242

Crossword:        R199

Landmark:         R276

Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson

uRead.com:        R530

Bookadda.com:     R538

Flipkart.com:     R629

Crossword:        R899

Landmark:          R611

Sea of Poppies by Amitav Ghosh

uRead.com:        R235

Bookadda.com:     R243

Flipkart.com:     R239

Crossword:        Not listed

Landmark:         R259

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

uRead.com:        R207

Bookadda.com:     R234

Flipkart.com:     R245

Crossword:        R350

Landmark:         R234

The Immortals of Meluha by Amish Tripathi

uRead.com:        R115

Bookadda.com:     R117

Flipkart.com:     R137

Crossword:        R195

Landmark:         R127

Also out there

IndiaBookStore.net also offers a simple search engine for books across major Indian online stores. Meant to ease the process of finding the best deals and checking stock status and availability across stores, the website features the usual bookstore suspects like Flipkart, Crossword and Landmark. However, the interface isn’t user-friendly and needs tweaking.