Pe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19611 posts, RR: 51 Posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 2923 times:
Do you prefer going into a bookstore, be it in a worldwide chain or an independent outlet, and browsing books, or buying over the ‘net, via Amazon or another retailer? Which do you find most exciting, worthwhile and generally a better experience?
While I prefer the lower prices of Amazon, I much prefer shopping in a real, physical bookshop.
[Edited 2007-07-15 17:06:22]
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Egmcman From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 898 posts, RR: 7
Reply 7, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 2872 times:
If want a title I can't get from the local high street shops the net is great.
I bought my Dad's Fathers Day & birthday presents which were tram books online as they were not available the in my high street. One of the books took over a week to be dispatched which was disgusting imho as it was in stock.
As I don't always plan to buy book I enjoy going to the high street shops and coming back with a surprise purchase.
MBMBOS From United States of America, joined May 2000, 2734 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 2868 times:
I prefer independent bookstores as the buyers for Borders and Barnes & Noble are far too predictable. I enjoy hanging out at a Borders or Barnes & Noble as they're sort of the present day "community centers" in the U.S. That is, places where you can go, hang out, have a cup of coffee, read, or listen to a lecture. It's sad that we have to go to a retail shop to find such an environment, but at least it exists in some form.
I can easily spend a whole day in that place. I made the mistake of taking my fiancee there when we were dating, and now she wants to go back very bad... In fact, I plan on spending some time there on Monday... Powells Technical Books is another great store, just a few blocks down from the main store. I have found many great aviation books at that location.
CastleIsland From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 2750 times:
I go most often to used bookstores. I rarely seek out a specific book; I'll go and see what they have and get what interests me. There are several good used bookstores within a mile or so of my place, so there's always options.
WrenchBender From Canada, joined Feb 2004, 1779 posts, RR: 7
Reply 19, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 2744 times:
I used to live in Sidney, BC it's claim to fame was "booktown" around 1 bookshop per thousand inhabitants.
I preferred Tanner's as they always carried a lot of local independant publishers. I picked up a lot of WWII memoires/biographies written by locals.
57AZ From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 2586 posts, RR: 2
Reply 21, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 2706 times:
It depends on whether I am looking for a specific book and what type of book it is. If I am looking for a collection of comic strips, I usually buy online as the ctrips that I like are hard to find in a commercial bookstore. If I am looking for rare or unusual book, I will usually check abebooks online. Abe Books is a search site that rare and used book dealers list their stocks on. You can order through the site or contact the seller by mail or phone. I've purchased over $1,000.00 of rare books from dealers on that list. If I'm in the NYC area, I'll visit one or both locations of Strand Books. They are the largest purveyor of used books in the world-18 miles of shelve space! No other store like it to be found.
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JGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 2704 times:
Quoting Pe@rson (Thread starter): While I prefer the lower prices of Amazon, I much prefer shopping in a real, physical bookshop.
I love browsing through bookstores, I can spend hours - I can't even walk past a bookstore at the airport without checking for something interesting to read on the plane. I use Amazon.com when there is a book I want to pre-order, like the new Harry Potter, or the next Pratchett due in September, and sometimes I see something on there I'd like and I order it, but it can't replace the pleasure of a long wander round a big Waterstones or Borders.