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How Do You Prefer To Buy Books?

Mon Jul 16, 2007 12:03 am

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.

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RE: How Do You Prefer To Buy Books?

Mon Jul 16, 2007 12:10 am

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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RE: How Do You Prefer To Buy Books?

Mon Jul 16, 2007 12:16 am

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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RE: How Do You Prefer To Buy Books?

Mon Jul 16, 2007 12:28 am

I usually buy them online in Ebook format, then i read them on my cell phone when i have spare time
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RE: How Do You Prefer To Buy Books?

Mon Jul 16, 2007 12:41 am

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.
 
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RE: How Do You Prefer To Buy Books?

Mon Jul 16, 2007 12:50 am

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
 
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RE: How Do You Prefer To Buy Books?

Mon Jul 16, 2007 1:06 am

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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RE: How Do You Prefer To Buy Books?

Mon Jul 16, 2007 1:37 am

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.
 
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RE: How Do You Prefer To Buy Books?

Mon Jul 16, 2007 1:40 am

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.
 
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RE: How Do You Prefer To Buy Books?

Mon Jul 16, 2007 1:41 am

I usually get them froma public library.
 
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RE: How Do You Prefer To Buy Books?

Mon Jul 16, 2007 1:58 am

Amazon.com, my university library, or Bookleggers, a used bookstore in Huntsville.
 
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RE: How Do You Prefer To Buy Books?

Mon Jul 16, 2007 2:00 am

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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RE: How Do You Prefer To Buy Books?

Mon Jul 16, 2007 4:37 am

I prefer to get mine from a bookstore, and I prefer to pay for them with scholarship money.  Wink
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RE: How Do You Prefer To Buy Books?

Mon Jul 16, 2007 5:22 am

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

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RE: How Do You Prefer To Buy Books?

Fri Jul 20, 2007 1:24 am

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.
 
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RE: How Do You Prefer To Buy Books?

Fri Jul 20, 2007 1:47 am

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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RE: How Do You Prefer To Buy Books?

Fri Jul 20, 2007 1:55 am

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.

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RE: How Do You Prefer To Buy Books?

Fri Jul 20, 2007 2:00 am

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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RE: How Do You Prefer To Buy Books?

Fri Jul 20, 2007 2:00 am

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.
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RE: How Do You Prefer To Buy Books?

Fri Jul 20, 2007 2:19 am

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.

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RE: How Do You Prefer To Buy Books?

Fri Jul 20, 2007 2:24 am

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.
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RE: How Do You Prefer To Buy Books?

Sat Jul 21, 2007 5:27 am

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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RE: How Do You Prefer To Buy Books?

Sat Jul 21, 2007 5:31 am

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.
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RE: How Do You Prefer To Buy Books?

Sat Jul 21, 2007 5:57 am

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.
 
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RE: How Do You Prefer To Buy Books?

Sun Jul 22, 2007 2:21 pm

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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RE: How Do You Prefer To Buy Books?

Sun Jul 22, 2007 5:07 pm

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 up some of my favourite titles for 50p or £1 that are for sale in the book shops for £6 pound plus. I buy on mass, say five or six titles I haven't read then pass them around when I've read them. Buying a new paperback fiction book here, I find far too expensive, when second hand they are just as good but a lot lot cheaper! New titles too. Other than that ASDA is by far the cheapest for new books. Anything out of the ordinary I would look on Amazon - With their fast delivery, well worth it !!

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RE: How Do You Prefer To Buy Books?

Sun Jul 22, 2007 6:24 pm

Quoting Femme (Reply 25):
I plum for our used book store outlets, like in markets where books are second hand but in good shape

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 much of that in France, at least not for titles in English, I do miss it.

Quoting Femme (Reply 25):
Amazon - With their fast delivery, well worth it !!

In England maybe, but once the French crappy useless bone-idle bloody La Poste gets hold of it, add another week minimum. Bastards.  grumpy 
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RE: How Do You Prefer To Buy Books?

Sun Jul 22, 2007 6:58 pm

Quoting JGPH1A (Reply 26):
In England maybe, but once the French crappy useless bone-idle bloody La Poste gets hold of it, add another week minimum. Bastards.

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 (amazon.com) and it came within a week.

Nothing beats browzing through bookstores though. I can and have spent entire days doing it.
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RE: How Do You Prefer To Buy Books?

Sun Jul 22, 2007 8:56 pm

Def a bookstore,where one can browse thru the book prir to purchasing it.
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RE: How Do You Prefer To Buy Books?

Mon Jul 23, 2007 4:56 am

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 are very interested in, sit down on one of their chairs and read a few pages.

When I want a specific book, I'll try to get it as cheaply as possible, which is mostly on-line. I find that many books available at Chapters are almost half the price on-line as opposed to buying them in-store.
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RE: How Do You Prefer To Buy Books?

Mon Jul 23, 2007 5:39 am

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 & Noble - there was an incident a few months ago when they wouldn't honor their online price for a book and I told the guy that I'd spend the money I saved online to take his mother out for dinner and never call her afterwards.



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RE: How Do You Prefer To Buy Books?

Mon Jul 23, 2007 9:20 am

Quoting NWA742 (Reply 30):
Come to think of it though - I don't think I'm allowed inside the local Barnes & Noble - there was an incident a few months ago when they wouldn't honor their online price for a book and I told the guy that I'd spend the money I saved online to take his mother out for dinner and never call her afterwards.

 mischievous  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 frequenting the bookstores. Where else can you go to get a cup of coffee (not in BAM, though, as their coffee is disgusting - they did me a favor by offering a sample at the front door which told me to never spend money on their brew) while you flip through a recent bestseller, sci-fi book or even comic book?

Sometimes (and I'm guilty), people get away with reading entire books in the bookstore (or even just comic books), which is bad - it's not a library, it's a store. Makes me feel like I should go back and buy the stuff I read (and the one book I did, I probably will). Stores are the best, though - go in, flip through, meander to another section and expand your horizons. If you like, buy it and keep it.  eyebrow 

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RE: How Do You Prefer To Buy Books?

Mon Jul 23, 2007 9:31 am

Quoting Pe@rson (Thread starter):
While I prefer the lower prices of Amazon, I much prefer shopping in a real, physical bookshop.

Same here. I always end up paying a premium for books at physical stores.

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