Royal Books

September 28, 2006 at 9:26 am 1 comment

I got an email this morning, announcing a new catalogue at, they’re also discounting books by 30% in their previous catalogue as part of an autumn sale.

Up until today, I had never actually visited their site, and was generally impressed with their overall layout and navigation. The site has a neat search facility, a showcase of their collection, and a “new arrivals” section to keep track of incoming stock. There is also a form which allows you to get added to their “wants list”, which presumably results in email notification of new books in your field. Finally, a well implemented shopping cart and neat checkout form round off the site pretty well. A word of warning though, the checkout form takes place over a standard HTTP connection, which means that your personal details are transmitted over the internet unencrypted. If your personal privacy is valuable to you, you may find that a phone call to the dealer works out better. (I hope that Royal Books fixes this, as it is not particularly difficult to implement HTTPS for this sort of information!).

The showcase is image rich, which is always a bonus in the rare book trade, although it seems that recent arrivals are yet to be photographed. The only thing lacking from  the site is an RSS feed for the recent arrivals section.  For developers at Royal Books (and anywhere else for that matter) creating a feed is relatively easy. Have a look at this site for some help, and this one for a bit of code to help you construct your feed dynamically.


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  • 1. Kevin Johnson / Royal Books  |  October 18, 2006 at 8:43 pm

    Our thanks for the kind review of our website. We would like to point out that, while the customer’s name and address not submitted securely, their credit card information is not only submitted via a secure https:, it is then further encrypted. The financial portion of the transaction is 100% secure.


    Kevin Johnson/Royal Books


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