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Zipotes
03-20-2009, 10:28 PM
I'm in Canada and always buy my books online through Chapters.ca. It's so easy and I get free shipping as I always order over $30.00 at a time.
I went into Chapters yesterday and I hated it. I couldn't find anything and some things were out of stock. It was all fancy shmancy and I wasted way too much time there.
I know a lot of people that only shop through Amazon.
So...just wondering if you usually buy books online (if so where) or do you go to physical book stores (if so which ones).
Thanks :)

Komnena
03-20-2009, 10:33 PM
I buy from Amazon and a company called Abebooks when I buy online.
For physical stores, there's Borders, Barnes and Noble, Books A Million and Carmichael's for new books. There are two good used bookstores here.

Zipotes
03-20-2009, 10:36 PM
I just wonder about those that publish with e-type publishers that only supply books through Amazon, etc. I wonder if enough people buy online verses bookstores to make it worthwhile to choose this type of publishing.

Clair Dickson
03-20-2009, 10:38 PM
Borders, mainly. Now that I'm living in town again, there's a Borders just five minutes away. It's a baby Borders and nothing like the full grown one in Ann Arbor, but I can order anything I want and have it sent there (no shipping cost, no payment if I decide not to purchase it!)

I still do some shopping on Amazon, but I'm not real thrilled with them. (The whole kerfluffle with Print on Demand services and a previous issue with ebooks.)

Now, I just wish I had more time and money I could put towards reading. =/

Ken
03-20-2009, 10:46 PM
... used bookstore by me, up until it went out of business last year :-(

DeleyanLee
03-20-2009, 10:52 PM
Actually the bookstore I really miss is the original Borders in Ann Arbor--the one in the old row house off campus where each room had its theme/genre--including the bathroom! It's been long gone, but I really really do miss that place.

Nowadays, I either go to B&N (chai tea too!) or get the books off Amazon. Amazon's the easiest option, though.

selkn.asrai
03-20-2009, 10:55 PM
Barnes and Noble, sirs--rockin' the employee discount!

...And giving my money back to my employer. Yeah, I know. :P

scarletpeaches
03-20-2009, 11:07 PM
Mostly Borders. Waterstone's just doesn't have the same choice. There are no second hand stores in my home town now; they've all been taken over by TV rental places or clothes shops.

dgrintalis
03-20-2009, 11:11 PM
Barnes and Noble, usually. We have one about five minutes away.

citymouse
03-20-2009, 11:13 PM
Z, I buy both online and at Borders. We have a B&N nearby too but I rarely go there.
One option you may want to consider is, if you have a book in mind why not visit the publisher's website? I'll bet the book won't be out of stock there, unless it's no longer in print.
I admit that I prefer to hold a book in my hands so if I can I but in a store. I also like it that in doing so I'm supporting a business that employs locals and pays taxes to my community.
C

caromora
03-20-2009, 11:20 PM
Joseph Beth, the Cincinnati store--aka the best bookstore on Earth: http://www.josephbeth.com/

Rarri
03-20-2009, 11:23 PM
Amazon for most things, occassionally i pop into WHSmith (only 'book' store in town) but their shop seems to make my toddler cry for some reason, so hurrah for Amazon!

Lady Cat
03-20-2009, 11:32 PM
In town I buy books at Coles in the mall, the drug store, Wal Mart or Zellers. If I'm out of town I head straight for the nearest Indigo/Chapters. The Chapters in Belleville or Peterborough are awesome; the one in Oshawa . . . not so much.

The best way to buy books is online, but I'll have to get my credit cards paid down a bit before I can start that again. :D

Kathleen42
03-20-2009, 11:37 PM
Amazon if I'm shopping online (though I sometimes buy through their retailers). Chapters/Indigo if I'm shopping in person and looking for new books. There are also some secondhand bookstores that I haunt.

DaddyCat
03-20-2009, 11:47 PM
As a Michigan guy, I used to be a Borders fan but eventually I found their discount program too restrictive. Now I'm doing my brick-and-mortar new-book shopping at Barnes & Noble. The membership pays for itself pretty quickly.

I order books from Amazon occasionally, but I'm more likely to go through them for exotic CD's and DVD's.

A local library runs a used bookstore out of a back room. Lately I've been grabbing books by the sack at least once a week.

RiseBeauty
03-21-2009, 12:02 AM
Good question!

Online: Amazon
In person: Strand (NY) when I go downtown and B&N now since there are about 50 of them near my apartment.

I used to love this new/used bookstore that had two storefronts with Murder Inc. on one side that sold only mystery, thriller/suspense, and horror. Ivy's Books was on the other side with lit fiction and just about everything else. It closed a few years ago which was a shame to see. About four or five small bookshops closed in my neighborhood over the last 5-10 years because of the economy and the outrageous commercial rental costs in NYC. If I had my choice it would be a neighborhood Mom & Pop operation that would get most of my business but no more of those left here :(

Nadja

BlueLucario
03-21-2009, 12:09 AM
Border's books FTW. :D

popbunny
03-21-2009, 12:20 AM
I support my local independant bookstore when I can, but when money's tight I go amazon.ca. The local store charges full Canadian price all the time, and amazon always comes in way cheaper.

dawinsor
03-21-2009, 12:21 AM
B&N most of the time because I love browsing. Amazon when I can't find the book at B&N.

If I'm in a town with a great independent bookstore, I love cruising through there too. We don't have one where I live.

Claudia Gray
03-21-2009, 12:23 AM
Whatever bookstore crosses my path. I can be seduced by B&N, Borders, independents, used bookstores, supermarket thriller-and-romance racks, drugstore offerings, you name it. I am also personally responsible for about 1/4 of Amazon's yearly profit, I think.

MaryMumsy
03-21-2009, 12:26 AM
Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Borders, Costco (big box store), once-a-year massive used book sale for charity, library back room sale, used book stores, yard sales. So, pretty much any place that sells books.

MM
why, yes, I am an addict:Shrug:

Barb D
03-21-2009, 12:38 AM
Barnes and Noble, because I love to browse.

Amazon if I know what I want and can't make it to B&N.

Borders if I happen to be in that shopping center (it's farther away than B&N).

Used bookstores online if all else fails.

brainstorm77
03-21-2009, 12:41 AM
I buy from e-harlequin or amazon.ca.. Occasionally I will drop into a local book store.

DaddyCat
03-21-2009, 12:47 AM
I wouldn't give up Amazon, the chains or the independents, but there's something glorious about used bookstores that goes beyond price. I love the smell of the old books and randomness of the selection. I remember Denver in the mid-1980's and just walking East Colfax downtown. It seemed like every third storefront was a used bookstore, and each one would have something I wanted. I would spend a day browsing and buying until my arms couldn't hold any more books!

Soccer Mom
03-21-2009, 12:49 AM
Amazon owes me a thank you card and probably some stock benefits. I buy all sorts of things there, not just books.

Although for e-books, I usually buy direct from the publisher.

brainstorm77
03-21-2009, 01:00 AM
Amazon owes me a thank you card and probably some stock benefits. I buy all sorts of things there, not just books.

Although for e-books, I usually buy direct from the publisher.

Yes, I've purchases many a DVD from them :)

Fulk
03-21-2009, 01:01 AM
I usually buy at Amazon, Borders, or Barnes & Noble. There's also a local small bookstore that I've popped my head into a couple of times to get books and support small business at the same time.

semilargeintestine
03-21-2009, 02:08 AM
I don't think I've ever bought a book online other than textbooks. I go to Borders or B&N.

Pagey's_Girl
03-21-2009, 02:26 AM
Depends. When I'm looking for something specific and it isn't in the local bookstores, I head straight for Amazon. Otherwise, Barnes & Noble or Borders.

I've picked up an occasional book in the Magazines and Books section of the grocery store, but not often.

Viking Horse
03-21-2009, 02:52 AM
Everywhere!

We have a small bookstore nearby that I like to browse in (I roam the children's section with a strange excitement I'm sure has me on some sort of watch list). If I pass by one of the used book stores, I may also slip in there and won't hesitate to pick up something if it catches my eye and is in good shape. I've also shopped at Amazon and I used to be enrolled in a number of book clubs until I started to go just a wee bit crazy with those order forms.

Though I haven't been in years, I also used to frequent a Borders up the road, closer to D.C. I miss that place now - not just the size of it, but the whole experience. You go in, look around, grab a book and sit down in a big, comfy chair...then you notice it has a strange smell and instead head right up to the register. Good times.

unicornjam
03-21-2009, 05:31 AM
Amazon for online. Borders and Barnes & Noble for in-store. Most of my purchases have been in-store. Sometimes the thrift store or library for a couple of cents to a dollar.

MetalDog
03-21-2009, 12:04 PM
Mostly from Amazon these days. Getting to shops while they're open is tricky with a commute and the books are generally cheaper online - but when I can find one, I love browsing through second hand book stores. The older the better and preferably with a bookstore cat, lots of dust and a proprietor that looks like Peter Cushing.

Kats
03-21-2009, 04:58 PM
Amazon - I'm a Prime member so there's no minimum spend and next day delivery, it's great! Occasionally Waterstones.

tehuti88
03-21-2009, 07:29 PM
I'm in Canada and always buy my books online through Chapters.ca. It's so easy and I get free shipping as I always order over $30.00 at a time.
I went into Chapters yesterday and I hated it. I couldn't find anything and some things were out of stock. It was all fancy shmancy and I wasted way too much time there.
I know a lot of people that only shop through Amazon.
So...just wondering if you usually buy books online (if so where) or do you go to physical book stores (if so which ones).
Thanks :)

We have a little local bookstore, but my reading interests are such that they usually don't have anything I'm specifically looking for; still, they're good for impulse buys (four of which I committed last time I was there :) ).

There's an American Indian-themed bookstore about an hour from here which is really decent but unfortunately I have most of the books by now. I literally browse their shelves thinking, "Got it, got it, got it..." :D Still, I always look whenever we visit anyway, just in case something new has come out. I also browse other bookstores that happen to be in the areas we visit--but as said already, this is usually for impulse buys because of my narrow interests. We have a used bookstore or two around here but the two times I went into them all they had were romance novels and "Star Trek" novelizations. :( The used bookstore an hour away has a better selection, but again, best for impulse buys.

I was awed by the bookstore/gift shop at a nearby fort, which did have lots of stuff that looked interesting to me (hint, I'm really into the Indians who used to live in this area), so I'll have to visit that again sometime.

When I was in Georgia/Tennessee we visited a used books/CDs place called McKay's or something and ZOMG it was AWESOME! I wish we had something like that. *sigh*

The bulk of my books come from Amazon and eBay. Many of the things I'm interested in are older or out of print. I'd like to try more online book services, like Alibris and Abebooks, but I haven't a credit card. :( Getting PayPal and discovering that I can use my bank account to buy older books through Amazon Marketplace has been a Godsend! (Perhaps too much so. I have to keep myself from going crazy sometimes. Okay, all the time. :o )

Nivarion
03-22-2009, 09:00 AM
I always buy from brick and mortar book stores. You can examine the product before you buy, and there is just something about being able to put cash in the cashiers hand that is gratifying.

CoriSCapnSkip
03-22-2009, 09:53 AM
Mostly library book sales, Amazon.com, eBay, thrift stores. Hardly ever buy new and when I do they're old by the time I read them anyway.

DamaNegra
03-22-2009, 10:52 AM
I often buy at Gandhi, which I guess would be the Mexican equivalent of B&N or Borders (which do not exist here).

I've only bought online once, for a book I couldn't get in Mexico. I'd rather go to the bookstore and have the book in my hands that same day than wait for it to arrive.

Wayne K
03-22-2009, 01:25 PM
I don't buy a lot of books. I've seriously considered "if" I ever see money again to buy Awer's books because it would increase their sales, but I like the library and all the free books.

Thump
03-22-2009, 02:29 PM
I buy at a remainder bookstore in the mall call "Bookends" (Oxford, btw). I can get hardbacks for 2GBP. I feel a bit bad about it being an aspiring author and a publishing student but I have no money right now and I really need books to live. This way, I can go to the supermarket and then buy a book with the change.

Otherwise, I'll go to just about any bookstore. Oxford has three within 100 meters of each other so I'll pop into each :D W.H. Smith, Waterstone's and Borders. I tend to like the big chains like borders best because, although they feel cold and soulless, they're likely to have just about everything. I only buy textbooks through Amazon and I got 5 hardbacks for 5$CAN once off ebay which was nice but mostly, it's bricks and mortar for me.

Shara
03-22-2009, 04:09 PM
I buy from Amazon if I know what I want, because it's cheaper.

If I want to browse, there's nothing like doing that in a bricks-and-mortar store.

I will buy books by writers I'm unfamiliar with in Borders or Waterstones, just by picking up a book whose cover grabs me, and reading the blurb on the back. If it sounds good, I'll take a chance on them.

I was very fond of the independent London book shop Murder One, that specialised in crime, with a separate section for sf and fantasy, and they also had a good second hand books section. Sadly, they went out of business a couple of months ago.

Shara

lostwanderer5
03-22-2009, 05:00 PM
90% = Amazon.co.uk

The rest from other websites like bookcupboard, and also book shops Borders, Waterstones, some random shops etc.

MrWrite
03-22-2009, 07:41 PM
I buy from Barnes and Noble. My favourite store in the world! :D Especially the Staten Island one.
Occasionally from Amazon too.

willietheshakes
03-23-2009, 10:58 AM
Wait, we're supposed to buy them?

I thought the boxes just magically appeared in the mailbox, followed a few weeks (months, sometimes) later by cheques...

Ah, the life of a book reviewer.

illiterwrite
03-23-2009, 04:21 PM
Wait, we're supposed to buy them?

I thought the boxes just magically appeared in the mailbox, followed a few weeks (months, sometimes) later by cheques...

Ah, the life of a book reviewer.

And then you mail your read and reviewed copies to impoverished writers on the other side of the country, right? Right?

Unique
03-23-2009, 09:17 PM
Where do you buy your books?
Amazon, the library, and the Independent book seller across the street.

I used to use Books A Million religiously (at least $100/mo. usually more)
but I moved. Now I have to drive - through heavy traffic - to get to a larger chain. And I am sick of driving. Wish I knew how to give authors a slice of the pie for all the used books I buy. I'm not smart enough to figure that out.

Yasaibatake
03-23-2009, 09:59 PM
I usually shop at B&N or the Dusty Bookshelf (an independent bookstore about 45 minutes from my house) when I have the money, but I rely on library sales for most of my books. The local public library has an amazing biannual sale with donated books, and all the money goes to buy new ones, so I rationalize it by saying I'm really buying two books for the price of one.

Jeremy
03-23-2009, 10:16 PM
I mostly use Amazon or the Barnes and Noble close to my house.

stormie
03-23-2009, 10:19 PM
I usually buy my books through the county library when they have their quarterly sales. Good used books cheap, and a great selection. Otherwise, Amazon.

Ken
03-23-2009, 11:05 PM
sounds like a good place to buy books, Stormie. The libaries by me stopped having sales and now sell all the books they're getting rid of to a large book dealer to increase their profits :-(

Red_Dahlia
03-24-2009, 12:33 AM
Books A Million is the only bookstore in my town, so I shop there. Unfortunately, it doesn't have the greatest selection, and so when I have a particular book in mind, I use Amazon.

Ugawa
03-24-2009, 01:26 AM
Up until last weekend I've always bought my books from Waterstones in town. However, now I've finally taught myself how to buy things online, I've started buying from Amazon.co.uk.

X

Nivarion
03-24-2009, 02:25 AM
Wait, we're supposed to buy them?

I thought the boxes just magically appeared in the mailbox, followed a few weeks (months, sometimes) later by cheques...

Ah, the life of a book reviewer.

GAH i want your job.

benbradley
03-24-2009, 03:36 AM
I seem to recall having a blog, and even blogging about this very topic. I hope I covered the topic sufficiently:
http://ben-bradley.blogspot.com/2007/08/how-and-where-i-buyget-books.html

ishtar'sgate
03-24-2009, 06:19 AM
I usually buy online from either Chapters or Amazon.ca or Amazon.com if ca doesn't have it. If I shop in a local bookstore I go to a small independent with a great coffee shop. The mingled odors of coffee and books are intoxicating. :D

Delhomeboy
03-24-2009, 07:41 AM
Barnes and Noble just opened a new two-story forty-thousand square foot place in the mall here...think I'll be hanging out there a bit.

cletus
03-24-2009, 02:47 PM
I buy from Amazon if I know what I want, because it's cheaper.

If I want to browse, there's nothing like doing that in a bricks-and-mortar store.

I will buy books by writers I'm unfamiliar with in Borders or Waterstones, just by picking up a book whose cover grabs me, and reading the blurb on the back. If it sounds good, I'll take a chance on them.

I was very fond of the independent London book shop Murder One, that specialised in crime, with a separate section for sf and fantasy, and they also had a good second hand books section. Sadly, they went out of business a couple of months ago.

Shara

I was nearly in tears when I went down to London last month and saw Murder One was closed. I loved that shop and would stop in there every time I was in London.:cry:

I have a nice little independant bookshop in my town with new books upstairs and remainders in the basement.

I find Borders "Buy one get one half price" and Waterstones "3 for 2" are excellent for trying out new authors.

My wife can't pass a charity shop without going in and looking for a bargain, so I get plenty of books from those as well.

I have great difficulty passing by bookstores, booksellers with market stalls, or anywhere else where books might be sold.

And if I know what I want I order from Amazon.

Sophia
03-24-2009, 11:28 PM
I can't pass bookshops without going in, but I buy 95% of my books from Amazon. It's almost always cheaper than the bricks-and-mortar sellers, and I can be sure that the books won't be creased or have greasy fingerprints on them. I'm compelled in bookshops to look for and buy only pristine copies of anything I want :e2paperba , and it's not always possible!

The Murder One bookshop has an online presence (Murder One UK), or at least, will do soon (from an online friend who worked there).

Maple
03-25-2009, 01:04 AM
I shop at Barnes and Noble. I know it's more expensive than buying online, but I like actually being able to walk around and find and pick out the books myself. It's just more fun for me, I guess.

Dirtpoor
03-25-2009, 02:08 AM
Our local news agency has a surprisingly large and eclectic range of books for a small town business. I mainly support them, but will purchase at the large chain stores if I find something I want at a good price.

Snowstorm
03-25-2009, 03:20 AM
Ohh, my favorite is a used bookstore, Mad Dog and the Pilgrim Bookstore, in Sweetwater Station, Wyoming (population maybe 4). She has about 80,000 volumes. I always leave with an armload. It's one of those delicious jaw-dropping places: crammed book shelves overflowing with used, rare, and antique books. The place has that wonderful old book smell (but not stinky). Great prices and she's a hoot to yak with.