Amazon doesn't really offer that great a discount once you've put the shipping value on. My dd is reading Ladybird books and we'd like to get her one a week so I'd like to buy a pack of them at discount.
Wills - yes, the Book People and Redhouse are both great. You don't have to make any commitment to buy a certain number or anything like that, and they have some good offers. Redhouse tend to have newer books, the Book People tend to have the best offers.
1. Re the shipping at Amazon-have you thought of ordering enough to get the free shipping? Then just give her one a week.
2. Do you mind getting the books 2nd hand? If so, the fantastic ABE books may help. You do have to pay shipping BUT for ladybird books will probably be able to find someone doing a box set or something, so will qualify for the additional books rate.
3. Or ebay? Or, obvious I know but charity shops? Or Amazon used?
4. I've started ordering from the US using ABE and also from Amazon.com. The exchange rate is good so its usually cheaper, even with the extra shipping. I've NEVER paid customs, and some of my orders have been over 100 quid. (may just have been lucky). My paranoid brother always calls the seller first, but I've never had problems buying online using credit cards.
5. Are there no mumsnetters with huge, unwanted ladybird libraries? I'm sure we'll be in that category in 12 years time.
Good luck! I can't wait til my son gets to the age where he wants a new book every week.