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Amazon.com
Amazon has the hands-down best in-stock selection.
Free Shipping on orders over $25 in all 50 states, Puerto Rico & APO/FPO.

Buy.com Buy.com
Often has lower prices on books than Amazon, but their in-stock selection isn't as great, so less popular titles may sometimes take longer to ship.
Free Shipping on orders over $25.


Barnes & Noble
Prices are often higher here than at Amazon and Buy.com, but their free shipping on $25 orders is super fast -- in stock orders arrive in 4 business days (vs. 6-10 business days at Amazon). Plus you can return most items at Barnes & Noble stores (or GameStop stores for video games).
Free Shipping on orders over $25 (excludes PC & video games).


Borders
It's really worthwhile to sign up for their email newsletter. Every week or so you get a great coupon like 30% off any single item or 40% off CDs. The advantages of shopping here? You can use your Borders Rewards card for online purchases and earn points. It's also a great place to shop if you are sending a gift. If you've just sent someone the latest read, only to find out she's already read it, she has the the option of exchanging it at a local Borders store (as opposed to paying for return shipping at Amazon).
Free Shipping on orders over $25 (excludes Hawaii, Alaska, Puerto Rico & PO Boxes). Free shipping on any orders shipped to a store.

Free shipping offer BooksaMillion.com
Their prices are as good as (and sometimes even better than) Amazon and Buy.com, but you have to purchase a club membership ($10/year) to qualify for these low prices.
Free Shipping on orders over $25.