Sales Tax

Sales tax is charged only on orders sent within the state of Washington. Washington State law requires that we charge a sales tax on the full amount of the order. Because charges for gift-wrap and shipping and handling are considered part of the product, by law these charges must be included when sales tax is calculated.

No sales tax is charged when buying gift certificates; purchases paid for with gift certificates, however, will be charged sales tax if shipped to addresses within the state of Washington.

U.S. Shipping Information
(includes APO/FPO addresses, Puerto Rico, and American Samoa)

To find out when you will receive an item, you need to consider the availability of the item you ordered and the shipping option you selected. Here's the equation we use:

(Availability) + (Shipping Time) = Total Delivery Time

For example, many items on our site show 24-hour availability. If you select Standard Shipping, your shipping time will be 3 to 7 business days, depending on where you live. This means your total delivery time will be 1 day (availability) + 3 to 7 days (shipping time). So you can expect to receive this item at your front door 4 to 8 days after you place your order.

Domestic Shipping for Book-Only Orders

Shipping Method Shipping Time Total price: add both columns
Per Shipment Per Item
Standard Shipping
3 to 7 business days $3.00 per shipment plus $0.95 per book
2nd Day Air
Note: Not available to P.O. Boxes, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, or APO/FPO addresses.
2 business days $6.00 per shipment plus

add an additional $10 for AK, HI, PR, or American Samoa

$1.95 per book
Next Day Air
Note: Not available to P.O. Boxes, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, or APO/FPO addresses.
1 business day $8.00 per shipment plus

add an additional $15 for AK, HI, PR, or American Samoa

$2.95 per book


Domestic Shipping for Music CD-Only Orders

Shipping Method Shipping Time Total price: add both columns
Per Shipment Per Item
Standard Shipping
3 to 7 business days $2.00 per shipment plus $0.95 per CD
2nd Day Air
Note: 2nd Day Air delivery to P.O. Boxes, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, or APO/FPO addresses is not available.
2 business days $3.00 per shipment plus

add an additional $10 for AK, HI, PR, or American Samoa

$0.95 per CD
Next Day Air
Note: Next Day Air delivery is not available to P.O. Boxes, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam or APO/FPO addresses.
1 business day $5.00 per shipment plus

add an additional $15 for AK, HI, PR, or American Samoa

$1.95 per CD


Domestic Shipping for Combination Music CD and Book Orders

Shipping Method Shipping Time Total price: add both columns
Per Shipment Per Item
Standard Shipping
3 to 7 business days $3.00 per shipment plus $0.95 per book and $0.95 per CD
2nd Day Air
Note: 2nd Day Air delivery to P.O. Boxes, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, or APO/FPO addresses is not available.
2 business days $6.00 per shipment plus

add an additional $10 for AK, HI, PR, or American Samoa

$1.95 per book and $0.95 per CD
Next Day Air
Note: Not available to P.O. Boxes, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, or APO/FPO addresses.
1 business day $8.00 per shipment plus

add an additional $15 for AK, HI, PR, or American Samoa

$2.95 per book and $1.95 per CD

Standard shipping for APO/FPO addresses, P.O. Boxes, and U.S. protectorate addresses is via the U.S. postal system.


Shipping Information for Guam and Other U.S. Protectorates
(for APO/FPO, Puerto Rico, and American Samoa see U.S. Shipping Information)

To find out when you will receive your item, you need to consider the availability of the item you ordered and the shipping option you selected. Here's the equation we use:

(Availability) + (Shipping Time) = Total Delivery Time

For example, many items on our site show 24-hour availability. If you select Standard Shipping, your shipping time will be 3 to 7 business days, depending on where you live. This means your total delivery time will be 1 day (availability) + 3 to 7 days (shipping time). So you can expect to receive this item at your front door 4 to 8 days after you place your order.

U.S. Protectorates Shipping for Book-Only Orders

Shipping Method Shipping Time Total price: add both columns
Per Shipment Per Item
Standard Shipping
U.S. Postal Service
3 to 7 business days $3.00 per shipment plus $0.95 per book
DHL Worldwide Priority Express
1 to 4 business days $30.00 per shipment plus $5.95 per book


U.S. Protectorates Shipping for Music CD-Only Orders

Shipping Method Shipping Time Total price: add both columns
Per Shipment Per Item
Standard Shipping
USPS Priority Mail
3 to 7 business days $2.00 per shipment plus $0.95 per CD
DHL Worldwide Priority Express
1 to 4 business days $19.00 per shipment plus $2.25 per CD


U.S. Protectorates Shipping for Combination Music CD and Book Orders

Shipping Method Shipping Time Total price: add both columns
Per Shipment Per Item
Standard Shipping
USPS Priority Mail
3 to 7 business days $3.00 per shipment plus $0.95 per book and $0.95 per CD
DHL Worldwide Priority Express
1 to 4 business days $30.00 per shipment plus $5.95 per book and $2.25 per CD

Packages to Guam and other U.S. protectorates and territories may be shipped only via the United States postal system (our standard shipping) or, for express delivery, via DHL Worldwide Express International. This means that for standard shipping these addresses are considered U.S. addresses and for express delivery these addresses are considered international and are subject to any duties and customs which may apply.


International Shipping Information
To find out when you will receive an item, you need to consider the availability of the book you ordered and the shipping option you selected. Here's the equation we use:

(Availability) + (Shipping Time) = Total Delivery Time

For example, many items on our site show 24-hour availability. If you select World Mail, your shipping time will be 7 to 21 business days, depending on where you live. This means your total delivery time will be 1 day (availability) + 7 to 21 business days (shipping time). So you can expect to receive this items at your front door 8 to 22 business days after you place your order.

A note about standard shipping: Packages sent via standard shipping go by surface mail. Shipping time varies widely depending on the destination. In our experience, standard shipments take about 2 to 3 weeks to Canada, 6 weeks to the United Kingdom, 6 to 8 weeks to Japan and Australia, and 10 to 12 weeks to Brazil, to name a few.

PLEASE NOTE: We are unable to offer surface mail shipping for international orders containing compact discs.

What about customs?

International Shipping for Book-Only Orders

Shipping Method Shipping Time Total price: add both columns
Per Shipment Per Item
Standard Shipping
Surface mail--travels by land and sea routes.
2 to 12 weeks $4.00 per shipment plus $1.95 per book
DHL World Mail
Airmailed to destination country, local postal system
7 to 21 business days $7.00 per shipment plus $5.95 per book
DHL Worldwide Priority Express
1 to 4 business days $30.00 per shipment plus $5.95 per book


International Shipping for Music CD-Only Orders

Shipping Method Shipping Time Total price: add both columns
Per Shipment Per Item
DHL World Mail
Airmailed to destination country, local postal system
7 to 21 business days $5.00 per shipment plus $0.95 per CD
DHL Worldwide Priority Express
1 to 4 business days $19.00 per shipment plus $2.25 per CD

International Shipping for Combination Music CD and Book Order

Shipping Method Shipping Time Total price: add both columns
Per Shipment Per Item
DHL World Mail
Airmailed to destination country, local postal system
7 to 21 business days $7.00 per shipment plus $5.95 per book and $0.95 per CD
DHL Worldwide Priority Express
1 to 4 business days $30.00 per shipment plus $5.95 per book and $2.25 per CD

International Shipping for 1-Click Combination Music CD and Book Order

Standard Shipping method
Standard Shipping is not available for CD orders; the least expensive international CD shipping method is DHL World Mail. If you select Standard Shipping for your 1-Click orders, your CDs will be sent via World Mail and your books will be sent via the Standard Shipping method; this is less expensive for you than sending both your books and CDs via DHL World Mail (see prices above).

World Mail or Worldwide Priority Express
If you select DHL World Mail or DHL Worldwide Priority Express, we will ship all titles in your order via the Shipping method you specify (see prices above).


Important Shipping Facts

A Next Day Air Cautionary Note

Upgrading to Next Day Air does not mean you will get your order the next day.
Once shipped, Next Day Air packages are guaranteed to arrive at the end of the next business day. Please note, however, that upgrading method of shipment to Next Day or 2nd Day Air does not change how long it takes us to assemble and ship your order--it only reduces the travel time after your order leaves our warehouse. For example, an item marked as "Usually ships within 2 to 3 days" and upgraded to Next Day Air will usually leave our warehouse on the 2nd or 3rd business day and reach you on the 3rd or 4th business day.

Ordering Books and CDs with Different Availabilities

  • "Make one shipment when complete order is ready"
    Choosing this option on the order form means that we will wait until we have all the items in your order before shipping any of them. For example, if you order one book or CD marked as "Usually ships within 2 to 3 days" and another marked "Special Order: usually ships within 4 to 6 weeks," we will ship both to you when the special-order book becomes available.
  • "Ship as ordered books or CDs become available"
    Choosing this option on the order form means that each book or CD you order will be shipped as it becomes available. Your shipping charges will increase, but, to save you some money, we make an effort to ship books and CDs as soon as we obtain them while not making any more shipments than necessary.
  • Out-of-Print Titles
    Any out-of-print books in your order will automatically be shipped separately, even if you choose "Make one shipment when complete order is ready."
  • 1-Click Orders
    Unless you change your 1-Click settings mid-session, all 1-Click orders you place within a 90-minute period will be combined as follows:

    Domestic and U.S. Protectorate Orders:

    • Items that ship in 24 hours or 2-3 days will be shipped together.
    • Items with availability of longer than 2-3 days will be shipped together.

    All International Orders except Music CD and Book Combination Orders Designated to Ship via the Standard Shipping method

    • Items that ship in 24 hours or 2-3 days will be shipped together.
    • Items with availability of longer than 2-3 days will be shipped together.

    International 1-Click Orders: Combination Orders (Music CDs and Books) Designated to Ship via the Standard Shipping method
    If you select Standard Shipping for a 1-Click order that includes CDs and books, your CDs will be sent via World Mail, as we are unable to offer surface mail shipping for international orders containing compact discs. The books in your order will be sent via the Standard Shipping method. This is less expensive than sending your books and CDs via DHL World Mail. Such orders will be combined as follows:

    • Books with 24 hour or 2-3 day availability will be shipped together via the Standard Shipping method.
    • Books with availability categories of longer than 2-3 days will be shipped together via the Standard Shipping method.
    • CDs with 24 hour or 2-3 day availability will be shipped together by World Mail.
    • CDs with availability of longer than 2-3 days will be shipped together via World Mail.

Customs Information

Customs forms for all international packages list the value of your order's contents by product type. For instance, orders containing both CDs and books will be listed in a way similar to the following example:

Books value:    $29.55
CDs value:      $ 9.95

If the order is a gift, the package is marked "Gift," but the cost of the items is still stated on the customs form. Currently, we are not able to describe the contents in any other way.

Any customs or import duties are levied once the package reaches its destination country. Additional charges for customs clearance must be borne by the recipient; we have no control over these charges and cannot predict what they may be. Customs policies vary widely from country to country; you may want to contact your local customs office for further information.