As I have shopped and browsed for more Christian bookstores online, I've started a list of the ones that look best to me, and I'm ready to share that with you. My favourite one gets a special page of course - Christianbook.com, but here are some more that may appeal to you for various reasons and become your favourites.
Yes, we are allowed to have more than one favourite Christian bookstore online! If you can afford to shop at dozens or hundreds of stores and can manage all your purchases, then you are worthy of having all that work and responsibility; (to paraphrase an old Low German proverb of my Dad's).
Of course, when I do a search in Google, it tailors my results to serve up Canadian Christian bookstores online first. I live in Canada. But I can force it to show me USA sites too.
First of all, checking online is one way to find out if you have a really excellent Christian bookstore in your own community, or within driving distance. For instance, if you live in the province of Ontario, Canada, there is a chain of stores called Gospel Lighthouse, and they are in 12 cities. They all have an great reputation for friendly, personal service and very reasonable prices. Their website, www.ChristianLighthouse.ca allows you to get the same service online if you are not able to shop in their Christian bookstores online.
Blessings.com is another example of a Christian bookstore online; it's physical stores are located in Alberta and British Columbia, Canada.
www.BooksforChrist.com/ - originally started as a fund-raising project in Toronto, now it is a large online Christian discount store, with free shipping on orders over $49.
www.FamilyChristian.ca - a Family Christian Bookstore online that grew from very small beginnings in 1960, in Guelph, Ontario, to a large complex in Burlington, Ontario, with online book shopping and much more.
www.HouseofJames.com - is another family-owned business, with Christian books, music, giftware and a coffeehouse, located in Mission, BC., which is in the lower mainland area, so easily accessible from the USA.
FaithLifeBookstore.com - is the online Christian bookstore version of a church's bookstore in Montreal. I notice a number of unique books and items that are not necessarily on other Christian bookstores online.
In today's internet age, we don't have to let national boundaries keep us from shopping at the best sites in the world. Of course the majority of sites selling Christian Books are found in the USA. I'd like to leave the producing and maintaining a list up to the search engines, but I'll name a few that I have found and like.
GraceandTruthBooks.com is a family bookstore and publishing business, with a focus on raising godly children, with character-building children's books. This intrigues me and sparked my interest!
www.ChristianOutlet.com a group or chain of 12 Christian bookstores in Oregon. Their website allows anyone to purchase books and Christian church/education supplies from them.
www.FamilyChristian.com claims to be the world's largest Christian specialty retailer with 280 stores in 36 states. With a vision to be a catalyst to help create families near and far, 'Family Christian' offers a wide variety of faith-based resources, including Bibles, books, children's products, gifts, music and more. They try to help anyone find, grow, share and celebrate their faith in Jesus Christ. When it comes to ministry and mission leaders, they want to inspire, equip, and enable them to reach out and help those in need and put the power of prayer into action. NOTE: As of Nov/2012 this business was purchased by a consortium of 3 business men is now giving 100% of it's profits to charities. (Now isn't that wonderful!?)
www.DeeperShopping.com another good Christian bookstore online, with fairly broad varieties of products. What is unique is that DeeperShopping offers authors and recording artists who sell their own products to chance to sell their e-books on the site at a 65% profit. This also spreads the author's sale opportunities to many other Indy booksellers! I tell you, author; we don't see this kind of deal very often!
www.WesleyOwen.com is an online Christian bookstore based in the UK, and is a part of the Koorong family of bookstores in Australia. This an interesting discovery too. The company has about 15 Christian bookstores online in Australia.
www.SwissValleyDiscount.com - is owned by a unique couple, and their site has a delightful air, with much more than just books for sale. Plus, their shipping policy shows they know how to ship to countries outside of USA.
www.BetterWorldBooks.com/religion-books-H4390.aspx - a secular/secondhand bookstore, but has Christian books under the Religion category.
You will be able to find many more sites with Christian bookstores online if you just search a bit.
If it is specifically Bibles you are looking for, you can, of course, find them at any of these Christian bookstores online above, that sell Christian books, but I can also refer you to a couple of wholesalers, in case you wish to buy them by the case for distribution. You will get a much reduced rate here.
BiblicaDirect.com - specializes in low-cost Bibles, with special prices (as low as $1.99) if you order by the case for distribution. They have at least eight different English translations, and they also have the Bible in about 18 other languages. Some of them are bilingual, that is, they will have English on one side of the open Bible, and Spanish or Chinese on the other side. Such Bibles are a great blessing to those learning English as a new language. They can quickly turn to it in their own language to really get the meaning of a passage.
Another thing; you may have your own, or your organization's imprint placed on the Bibles too.
Biblca.com - the parent site, has 17 Bibles in various languages online. You may bookmark and read them freely at any time. This is a good tip to pass along to someone who doesn't want to carry a big Bible around, or can't afford to buy one at all.
American Bible Society, Bibles.com - They too, have a large variety of Bibles and Testaments, smaller portions of the Bible for sale, in case lots if you wish, (as low as $1.79/ea Bible), and - they publish the Scriptures in 80 languages!
The above two sites are good, dedicated Bible sources!