Note: DCCC is not currently taking new members or functioning as a cookbook club. In the hope that the following information on book discounts might be of use to anyone thinking of starting up their own club, I have left it in place as a resource.
Local book stores often offer discounts to book clubs, usually requiring a minimum order of five or six books. With the book club discount, the price is competitive, or nearly so, with book selling giants like Amazon or Barnes & Noble. Book publishers also sometimes offer a significant discount for online orders placed directly with them. And some independent book stores offer online purchasing (for example, Bear Pond Book in Central Vermont offers this service from their website). What’s more, bookstores and publishers often provide free shipping with orders of $50 or more. If you’re starting a DCCC chapter, check with your local bookstore about a book club discount. They may be able to offer you a discount when ordering multiples of the same title.
Used books may also be purchased (though authors receive no royalties for these sales) or a copy may be obtained at your local library. (If your library doesn’t own a copy, your librarian may be able to find a copy for you via interlibrary loan). And don’t overlook the university or college libraries in your area: they sometimes allow local resident, not just students, to borrow books from their collection.