This batch we got the hard way: walking in to shops, picking books off the shelves, and physically carrying them home.
After visiting the Lego BRICK event at the ExCel, we popped into central London, first to Foyles, then to Forbidden Planet. The Lego event explains some of the purchases...
Foyles has moved a few yards down Charing Cross Road from when I was there last. The shop that is now in its old location has made excellent reuse of its name:
The new Foyles is rather different in style from the way it used to be. To be fair, it had been changing even in its previous location. But I well remember the eccentric shelving by publisher, and the three separate queues (to get the books wrapped and stored, then to pay, and then to collect the paid-for books). Now there is only one queue, and the shelving is less idiosyncratic. However, I did fail to find the books on Python and Processing in the Programming Languages section: the Python books were mainly under Web (and the Nutshell volumes under O'Reilly, the publisher!), and the Processing books were with Graphics. But that’s more a problem of having to have a single physical hierarchy.
Books are heavy.