Where Do You Like to Shop for Books?

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Where Do You Like to Shop for Books?
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Mon, 09-10-2012 - 7:44am

I know many of us probably browse and purchase online but what about brick & mortar shops?   

Barnes & Noble is my favorite.  I just love walking around there.   I also like the book selections in Target.   I only get to visit those when I'm in NY though.   Over here we have 3 bookstores in town but I never really see anything I like.   This past weekend we went to a bookstore called Eason's and there were quite a few books that grabbed my attention.   They had a great display as soon as you walked in.   But that store is over an hour away so I won't be making frequent trips to it.

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Mon, 09-10-2012 - 11:34am

My favourite bookstore just closed in July. It was a wonderful used bookstore and cafe combined. It's next door to a major construction site that is going to be a mess for over a year- a new grocery store, liquor store and condos are all being built. I think  because there isn't going to be the usual foot traffic they decided not to renew the lease. It's going to be missed in the neighbourhood. The other bookstore that I frequent is Chapters.

Kathie

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Mon, 09-10-2012 - 8:45pm
I mainly shop at Amazon but if I go to a brick and mortar it's Barnes & Noble.
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Tue, 09-11-2012 - 1:10pm

Kathie, I had a favorite used bookstore that closed down too =(    I would always come out with 4 or 5 books.  It was an hour away from me but always well worth the trip.   It re-opened about a year later but as a comic/manga shop which is just not my thing.  It then closed down again.

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Registered: 10-07-2008
Tue, 09-11-2012 - 6:33pm

I went to a place called Half Price Books but they never had my authors around.

I usually go to the library.

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Fri, 09-14-2012 - 5:23pm

I rarely buy books online. Only if it's something special I know I won't find locally.

My first choice is the public library. I love our library. Just a small-town library, but the staff is so good and helpful--they'll sometimes save a book for me they think I'll like or tell me about something new that would be great.

My second choice is Half-Price Books. I know someone else mentioned the one near them closed down. Ours is wonderful and I spend way too much time and money in there seeing what's been brought in. If you're looking for a brand new book, you won't find it there. But I love that all paperbacks are half-price the original cost. And they have a section of more recent books, plus DVD's (the clearance ones are just $3 and I've gotten so many good ones there), CD's, every section of book you'd ever want, plus the cutest and least expensive Christmas, thank you, birthday, and blank boxed cards. I always am way behind on reading what's new so I'm fine with getting a great discount on a used book.

Third, I would have to choose BAM. They went in where our Borders used to be and bought a great amount of inventory from Borders--I'm actually wondering if they were under the same parent company or if there's some connection. I think BAM stands for Books a Million. I always preferred BAM over Barnes and Noble, as they seemed to be less pricey, but sometimes I have to hit Barnes and Noble for something I don't think I'll find elsewhere.

I also sometimes pick up cheap paperbacks at Walmart or Target for vacations. I don't want to take library books on vacation so I'll pick up something there if I don't already have my vacation books on hand.

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Sat, 09-15-2012 - 6:20am

I've never been to a Books a Million but I have heard of them.   When DH and I got married we quickly started filling our bookcases.   We were at the point that we were running out of space for books.   So back in 2009 DH decided to buy a Kindle.   I didn't think I would like it.  I ended up borrowing his and reading a couple of e-books.   Then we ended up fighting over whose turn it was with the Kindle lol  So he got me one as an anniversary present.   

At this point we've given away nearly half our book collection.  I still need to whittle it down so I can get rid of one of the bookcases.  I still have some "real" books to read from my collection and I still use the library for books that are too expensive to buy or that I'm not sure I'll like.  

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