Pricing and payments


All charges are in UK pounds (£).

All overseas orders will be charged in their respective currencies, based on current exchange rates. Payment will only be taken from your credit/debit card on despatch of your order.

Please note: We take payment from Waterstones Gift Cards and the Waterstones Card at the point an order is placed.

Prices displayed in your shopping basket are the current prices of the goods and the amount you will be charged for each item when submitting your order.

All prices on are for online purchases only and may differ from Waterstones high street and campus bookshops.

Prices are subject to change without notice.

You can pay by any American Express, MasterCard or Visa credit card, Switch or Delta debit card. Unfortunately, we cannot currently accept Solo or Electron cards.

We also accept payment using Waterstones Gift Cards and Waterstones Card points. Please note: we do not currently accept National Book Tokens Gift Cards online.

Multi-buy offers

Prices exclude postage and packing. Promotions apply to listed titles only, which are subject to change and availability. If you choose to purchase a product from a multi-buy offer, but do not purchase enough products to qualify for the special discount, the product will be charged at the normal price. Please note that on 3 for 2 promotions (and other multi-buy offers), the lowest priced title will always be the 'free' item.

Pre-order price promise

If you pre-order a book and the price either rises or drops before the publication date, you will always pay the lower price when we debit your credit card on despatch of the item. Please note, this only applies up until the publication date and any further price reductions can not be applied retrospectively.

VAT rates

Items that are subject to VAT have the 20% rate reflected in their RRP. Please note, books are not subject to VAT, however for items where partial or full 20% needs to be applied the VAT is included in the selling prices reflected on our website. Full VAT items include eBooks, eReaders, DVDs, games and other non-book products.

The prices payable for goods are as set out in the website, inclusive of VAT where applicable (books are currently zero rated). Customers ordering for delivery outside of the UK will be responsible for payment of any local taxes payable including VAT, and will be required to pay extra for delivery and clearance where necessary.