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Ten good reasons to buy books direct from the College



1) We are often cheaper than ‘other large online-booksellers’
Even if their prices are discounted, when this is smaller than 10% it can be cheaper for you to buy directly from the College by using your 10% member’s discount.  Our delivery is usually just as quick too.


2) You can get free UK postage

When buying online, just tell us how you heard about the book and we will deliver your book by standard post free of charge (in the UK).  UK postage is free anyhow when ordering by telephone or post.  (Full details of our delivery charges.)


3) Any profit goes back into the College

We have to give large online-booksellers a huge trade discount.  Consequently, we receive more income when you buy direct from us, which is then ploughed back into the College to help support its work and enable us to provide more services to members. The College is a non-profit organisation and a registered charity (England and Wales 228636, Scotland SC038369).  


4) You can talk to a real person if you have a query

Just talking an issue over can be much quicker and more satisfying than emails back and forth.  Call our Book Sales Assistant on +44 (0)20 3701 2551 (9.30am to 4pm, Mon-Fri) with any queries.  If we miss your call, please do leave a message and we WILL call you back.


5) Anyone can buy from us - no password required!

There are no annoying logins or passwords to remember when buying books direct from our website.  You don’t have to be an RCPsych member or have any kind of online account.


6) We pay taxes on all our VAT-payable products

The College is a fully VAT-registered organisation (VAT number 233 8686 39), whereas one online-bookseller has had much media coverage on this subject.


7) Friendly, personal service

We are happy to give you more information on books and to give advice on which titles will be most suitable for your needs.  Call our Book Sales Assistant on +44 (0)20 3701 2551 (9.30am to 4pm, Mon-Fri).  If we miss your call, please do leave a message and we WILL call you back.


8) We hold stock of all our titles, all the time

We strive to keep all our in-print titles in stock all the time, including all our older titles.


9) We don’t keep hold of your credit card number

We are obliged by our bank to destroy any record of your credit card number as soon as we have taken successful payment.  It doesn’t get stored online anywhere either – giving you maximum security. 
(Further details of the College’s data protection policies.)


10) Visit us to browse the physical books yourself

‘Look inside’ features are very useful but there’s nothing like browsing through the book in person.  If you’re at the College's London HQ, you are welcome to visit our RCPsych Publications' display in the Library to do just that.


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