Today’s topic is where do you get your books…
Buy or Borrow?
I borrow most of the books I read for a few reasons. The first one is that I simply do not have enough money to buy all the books I read. Plus, I hate it when I buy a book, and then end up
hating really disliking it later. It’s almost as if I wasted money. For that reason, I usually borrow the book first. And if I end up loving it I’ll buy it later. Another reason why I don’t usually buy books is that I don’t have any place to put them anymore… my room is already messy enough as is and I don’t have enough space for a new bookshelf. Do you borrow or buy more often?
In Store or Online?
Personally, I like to buy books from a physical bookstore. Mainly, just because in a real bookstore you can usually pick and choose the copy of the book you are going to bring home. You can make sure the one that you choose is in prime condition. In my experience when you buy online, they just send you a random book that is prone to be damaged in shipping. And yes, I am that picky about book conditions.
Chain Store or Indie Bookstore?
When I do buy books, I usually buy them from my local Barnes & Noble because it is the closest bookstore to my house. It’s only a 10-15 minute drive away so my mom doesn’t really mind driving me there that often. Also, I usually have coupons for B&N so… If there was an indie bookstore closer than the B&N, I might shop there instead. But really, I kind of do believe that shopping at B&N isn’t really a bad thing. I haven’t had any negative experience shopping there and they are kind of the last large chain bookstore in the USA…
So this is kind of trick question. I haven’t brought any books from Amazon so I can’t really say anything about there service, but I haven’t really heard any positive about their book selling recently. At least, nothing positive concerning the sale of physical copies. All I’ve heard is that Amazon has been bullying publishers to lower the prices on their books – on Amazon only. Now, I don’t know how true this is, but I’ll rather pay a few dollars extra than buy a book from them if they really are bullying publishers.
Where do you get your books?
Do you buy or borrow?
Do you buy in store or online?
Do you prefer chain bookstores or independent ones?
How do you feel about Amazon?