English Books in Denmark
How many times have I found myself looking for english books in Denmark to buy!
I love to curl up with a good book on those cold winter evenings?
I can easily spend an afternoon engrossed in a good book. Now, I personally enjoy fiction and find it easier to get into the lives of fictional characters than those of non- fictional. I do enjoy non-fiction, but it seems to take more concentration and sometimes history is just a bit too depressing.
The problem with being an english speaking expat is finding books to read in English. I can read Danish, but it is more work than relaxation. I read Danish books when I want to work on my language and reading skills. So when I want to relax, I do so with a book written in my native language. Don't you?
Books in Denmark are not cheap -- usually about 100-150 kroner for a new paperback and about 60 kroner for a good used one. That is not to say you can’t find them cheaper – it is just harder.
Below are some ideas for finding books in Denmark without having to pay ridiculous bookstore prices!
So instead of worrying about the rain, snow and cold winds of winter, pick up a good book and wile away the hours. .
Finding English Books in Denmark
There are many places to find books in Denmark. You can start by visiting the new and used book stores in your area. Copenhagen, Arhus, Aalborg and Odense all have large university populations, which helps stimulate the need for english books, more so than in other parts of the country. Most of them do stock some English novels.
Next try looking at some of the auction style sites in Denmark.
- QXL: is a good Danish auction site to find english books. It does not offer an English version, so you may wish to use google translate to make the site easier to understand. You can copy and paste the complete page url into google translate and get a english version back.
- DBA: Den Blå Avis is a free paper that has lots of things to buy. This is a great resource for finding bargains on all sorts of things, including furniture, household goods, electronices, automobiles, clothes, etc.. They do have a section for books. Paper is in Danish, but it is not hard to find the various sections. They also have an online site at www.dba.dk.
- Gul og Gratis: Similiar to DBA is Gul og Gratis, which only has an online presence, which is very good. You can find many various things on this site and there are some ads in English as well as Danish.
Auction sites outside of Denmark are also good, especially if you buy in bulk and get bulk shipping.
- I personally like to use Amazon for getting books. You can view some of them on the Amazon scrolling bar to the right for a few sample choices or enter your favorite author name and search what is new. Great resource. If you buy from Amazon, you can get bulk rate shipping or consider using a carrier service like UPS, DHL or Parcel2Go. They ship by weight and size. We get good size boxes delivered for £22.
- Another site to use is Ebay UK. Since it is in English, it is easy to find what you want and postage rates from the UK are low enough to make it worth buying, especially if you buy several books. You also do not have to pay import duty since it is part of the EU. Only drawback with ebay.co.uk is that many of the sellers do not offer overseas shipping. Always email them before bidding and get a shipping quote. You can also use other ebay sites like Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.
- Ebid is another auction outlet for obtaining other language books.
Other places to sort your books are:
- Your local library. More and more Danish libraries are increasing their stock of English literature. Even if they are not in stock in your town, they can often be odered from other libraries. All libraries in Denmark have a book sharing scheme.
- Expat sites and groups: Many expat groups have things for sale when they move or clearing out stuff. Worth checking them out.
- Genbrug shops (charity shops) are everywhere in Denmark. Their selection is often old and limited, but we have come across many good books in our travels.
- Flea markets, garage sales, etc. - on most weekends you can find flea markets called loppemarkeder. They are fun and interesting places to roam for goodies and bargains.
- Online bookshops. Try out some of the online bookshops like SAXO.com or www.pensum.dk.
Remember, when buying anything within the EU, you can avoid paying import taxes. Anything from the US or outside the EU will require you to pay import duty, so calculate that into your purchase prices.
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