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How Do You Prefer To Buy Books?  
User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19215 posts, RR: 52
Posted (7 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 2026 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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User currently offlineAdopim88 From United States of America, joined Nov 2006, 2007 posts, RR: 11
Reply 1, posted (7 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 2018 times:

I prefer a bookstore. Just because I rarely buy anything over the internet (so easily people can lie about a product.)


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User currently offlineAcey From Canada, joined Jun 2007, 1032 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (7 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 2013 times:

http://www.audible.com/
Actually fairly useful if one doesn't have time to sit down and read a hard copy.



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User currently offlinePencrypted From Canada, joined Feb 2005, 73 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (7 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 2004 times:

I usually buy them online in Ebook format, then i read them on my cell phone when i have spare time


-Maty
User currently offlineMexicana757 From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 3041 posts, RR: 28
Reply 4, posted (7 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 1998 times:

I usually get my books at a bookstore. Most of my books I have bought at Borders. If there's a book a cant find I go online to find it.

User currently offlineEK20 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (7 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 1991 times:

Quoting Pe@rson (Thread starter):
How Do You Prefer To Buy Books?

ASDA or Tesco are the cheapest by a mile. We then give them to the local Oxfam shop once we have read them.  Smile


User currently offlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20542 posts, RR: 62
Reply 6, posted (7 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 1979 times:

I prefer to receive them as gifts off my amazon.com wish list.  Smile

When I'm just browsing and buying the odd book, I can spend hours here:

http://www.powells.com/info/storeinformation.html



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User currently offlineEgmcman From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 898 posts, RR: 8
Reply 7, posted (7 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 1975 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.


User currently offlineMBMBOS From United States of America, joined May 2000, 2597 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (7 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 1971 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.

User currently offlineF.pier From Italy, joined Aug 2000, 1523 posts, RR: 9
Reply 9, posted (7 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 1971 times:

I usually get them froma public library.

User currently offlineMD-90 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 8507 posts, RR: 12
Reply 10, posted (7 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 1963 times:

Amazon.com, my university library, or Bookleggers, a used bookstore in Huntsville.

User currently offlineSTLGph From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 9341 posts, RR: 25
Reply 11, posted (7 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 1962 times:

I go to a bookstore. I tried the order online concept about 3 or 4 times, and they always sent me the wrong book.


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User currently offlineAirTranTUS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (7 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 1940 times:

I prefer to get mine from a bookstore, and I prefer to pay for them with scholarship money.  Wink

User currently offlineGreasespot From Canada, joined Apr 2004, 3079 posts, RR: 20
Reply 13, posted (7 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 1928 times:

I use a site called book mooch.....It is a trading site where..The only cost is shipping of the books.

GS



Sometimes all you can do is look them in the eye and ask " how much did your mom drink when she was pregnant with you?"
User currently offlineBigOrange From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 2364 posts, RR: 3
Reply 14, posted (7 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 1873 times:

It depends what I'm looking for. If it's something that I've seen a reccomendation for e.g. Diary of a Dysfunctional Flight Attendant, then I'll but it online.

Most of the time though, i just go in the bookstore I hate (Barnes & Noble) and browse there.


User currently offlineGunsontheroof From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 3503 posts, RR: 10
Reply 15, posted (7 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 1860 times:

From an independent bookstore, preferably used and relatively unmarked. Used paperbacks ($2-$5!) are just as good as the overpriced copies you can buy with one click at your online shitshop of choice!  Wink


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User currently offlineKBFIspotter From United States of America, joined May 2005, 729 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (7 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 1857 times:

Quoting AeroWesty (Reply 6):
When I'm just browsing and buying the odd book, I can spend hours here:

http://www.powells.com/info/storeinf....html

I love Powells!!!!

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.

Kris



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User currently offlineBanco From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 14752 posts, RR: 53
Reply 17, posted (7 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 1853 times:

Quoting EK20 (Reply 5):
ASDA or Tesco are the cheapest by a mile

Er, yes. If you want the latest Harry Potter or Jeffrey Archer. But if you actually want a choice of books then you need to go to a bookshop - or look online.

I do both really. I've always loved browsing bookshops, but I do also buy online.



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User currently offlineCastleIsland From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (7 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 1853 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.

User currently offlineWrenchBender From Canada, joined Feb 2004, 1779 posts, RR: 9
Reply 19, posted (7 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 1847 times:

I used to live in Sidney, BC it's claim to fame was "booktown" around 1 bookshop per thousand inhabitants.
Link http://sidneybooktown.ca/shops.html
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.

WrenchBender



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User currently offlineCaptOveur From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (7 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 1842 times:

I usually know what I want so I just get it from Amazon.

Half the time the bookstore doesn't have it. I have never come up dry on Amazon.


User currently offline57AZ From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 2550 posts, RR: 2
Reply 21, posted (7 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 1809 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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User currently offlineJGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (7 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 1807 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.


User currently offlineMoo From Falkland Islands, joined May 2007, 3926 posts, RR: 4
Reply 23, posted (7 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 1804 times:

Amazon.co.uk by far - I buy about 10 books a month (and I read all of them within that month) so the savings I get from buying at Amazon is fantastic.

User currently offlineSJUboeingGirl From Puerto Rico, joined Nov 2004, 274 posts, RR: 1
Reply 24, posted (7 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 1763 times:

I go to a bookshop(Borders) and then I go only to bn.com or amazon and buy what I like.


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25 Post contains images Femme : I plum for our used book store outlets, like in markets where books are second hand but in good shape. I can go to our local outdoor market and pick u
26 Post contains images JGPH1A : Love second hand book stalls - you get some great stuff at car boot sales sometimes too, old out of print editions of Agatha Christie etc. Don't get
27 DIJKKIJK : How true! I once tried ordering through amazon.fr, and three months later the book still didn't arrive. I ordered the same through the American site
28 HAWK21M : Def a bookstore,where one can browse thru the book prir to purchasing it. regds MEL
29 ACDC8 : I prefer to go into bookstores, preferably Chapters since they have a Starbucks in-store. Just grab a coffee, browse some books, find a few that you a
30 Post contains images NWA742 : Either way - bookstore or the web - usually the web has better deals. Come to think of it though - I don't think I'm allowed inside the local Barnes &
31 Post contains images Allstarflyer : That's messed up. I prefer going into the bookstore - there's a Books-A-Million down the road from me, and a BN close to my church, so I enjoy freque
32 Mdodd : Same here. I always end up paying a premium for books at physical stores.
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