What is Authorisation?

This is called “Pre-Authorisation” or sometimes a “Pending Charge” by the banks. On The Book Society website when you place an order we contact the bank to authorise the card. This confirms that the card is valid and that there are funds available to eventually pay for your order.

The bank reserves the order value from your available balance but does not charge your card and no monies are taken until your order is ready for despatch. Should the order not proceed for whatever reason, the bank will cease to reserve the funds, although the expiration period varies from bank to bank and The Book  Society has no influence on this.

When the order is completed and your card is charged, the Pre-Authorisation code is quoted back to the bank and the order is therefore completed. The Book Society will charge your card on the completion of your booking.