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The past few weeks, I've babbled about nothing but Star Wars, and I figured some of you could use a break from that. :) So let's talk about something we can ALL relate to: where do you get your books and why?

For me, even though I grew up utilizing used book stores and libraries, I tend to buy everything new. I've often wondered about the psychology of this: regarding libraries, my town barely has one, and regarding used book stores, well, my town definitely doesn't have one of those. Maybe that's the deal. But even so, I think there's something about growing up without money that makes you want to buy new things when you grow up and DO have money. I'm not saying it's universally true, mind you. Just that it's true for me.

There's also the fact I like to keep my books, and I liked them in the shiniest, most perfect shape possible. Ideally, I'd go to a bookstore and look over each and every book I buy with a close eye, but because the closest bookstores are 40+ miles away, that's not an option.

So primarily, I shop at Amazon. I know, big evil corporation and all that. But I have a Kindle, so there's that. I'm also able to pre-order a year's worth of new releases all at once, get super-saver shipping (it's free!), and get a 4-for-3 mass market paperback promotion, all of which rocks my world. And once I pre-order, I can sit back, relax, and wait for those books to trickle into my mailbox during the course of the year.

This has been a great system.

However, I do still find myself in actual bookstores. This year, I've grabbed a few from Hastings as well as WalMart. The last time I bought at Barnes & Noble was back in January, which is a shame, because I've always loved that store. It's just the one I'm least likely to find myself in unless I'm going in there for a specific purpose. Since I'm trying to control what I buy, browsing is rather dangerous for me. I don't want to add to the TBR pile if I don't have to, you know?

Other sites I utilize are Paperback Swap, Book Closeouts, and Book Depository. These are pretty rare for me, because I have a specific goal in mind when I visit each of those sites. Book Closeouts is the most dangerous, because it's too easy to get a billion bargain-priced books, you know? Book Depository is great for worldwide shipping, which is why I use it for giveaways. Paperback Swap, well, that's where I put titles that I would probably get at the library if I had a library I could utilize. Instead, I wait patiently for a used copy to come available.

And that's me. How do YOU get your books, and what are your preferred book-shopping habits, if any?


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Nov. 25th, 2012 05:48 am (UTC)
Most new books are ebooks for me nowadays. I do get a fair number off of PaperbackSwap and BookMooch, and some from my library. I also listen to a lot of audiobooks, for which I have an Audible subscription.

I only rarely buy a book in a bookstore anymore. Occasionally, if I must have a new print book, I usually order it from Amazon.
Nov. 25th, 2012 02:47 pm (UTC)
Audiobooks are something I've rarely sampled. Do you prefer that format?
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Nov. 25th, 2012 07:59 am (UTC)
I generally get my books from Barnes N Noble because I also like them new and shiny and can usually find all that I want at the store (plus I finally paid for my membership..and I'm using it!) but when I feel like buying a buttload all at once and can't afford barnes n noble I get in my car and go to all the local thrift stores (which I have recently started doing since I'm trying to keep away from Barnes N Noble till Christmas is over...and this is all fairly easy for me because I live in a big city and its usually only a ten-twenty minute drive to places, depending on traffic.)
Nov. 25th, 2012 02:47 pm (UTC)
That membership is SO useful if you shop there! I haven't shopped there in ages, and should probably cancel mine, given that fact... I hate to do so, though...
Nov. 25th, 2012 01:31 pm (UTC)
Amazon used to be my alternate source for books I could not find in the two/three bookstores that kept English books in my city. It still is for those books I want to own in a physical copy (like GRRM's Fire and Ice saga), but nowadays most of my reading comes in electronic form - it's easier to find, there is no nail-biting wait for *two* postal systems to interact and deliver the books to me, and I don't have to worry about shelf space :-)

Kobo has become my favorite haunt for books: they have a wide catalog and interesting prices, yet from time to time I *do* miss the joys of walking through the aisles of a bookstore...
Nov. 25th, 2012 02:46 pm (UTC)
There's definitely something fun and kind of magical about browsing through the bookstore. Hopefully, I can drop in one for giggles this holiday season. :)
Nora Bear
Nov. 25th, 2012 02:02 pm (UTC)
We simply don't have the money to purchase the number of books I read. Thankfully we live where there is a huge library system. I can only think of one or two times where I have not been able to find a specific book I wanted to read within it or the Interlibrary loan system. Yes, there have been times I have to wait a long time to read a book as there has been a waiting list, but it's not like I don't have a huge TBR list.
Nov. 25th, 2012 02:46 pm (UTC)
Not having a TBR pile is a marvelous thing!
Nov. 25th, 2012 02:59 pm (UTC)
I get most of my books (and downloadable audiobooks) from the library. This is mostly due to cost, but I suspect even if I had more disposable income I would still use the library frequently. Still, I get plenty of books from paperbackswap, and frequently receive them as gifts. As far as new books go, I do have an audible membership where I get 1 book a month. I occasionally will use amazon or my local Books a Million for paper books (although I typically use these sources more for gifts for other people). As I have a kindle, I also purchase ebooks from amazon but I only grab the ones that are on sale, or are only available in ebook form.
Nov. 25th, 2012 03:02 pm (UTC)
It'll definitely take a different mind-set to start using a library again, but the way I've been cutting back, it could happen. And it would be a huge relief to be able to try these books risk-free that I'm curious about but really have no interest in keeping, you know?
Nov. 25th, 2012 03:24 pm (UTC)
I haven't gotten into the ebook thing yet, so I'm still old fashioned books.
I tend to get a lot of mine from the Book Depository. They're quite inexpensive, especially for pre-orders, and there is no tax & no shipping charge (which is great cause in Ontario where I live we're at 13% tax, and any way I can save is great!)
Our library doesn't have the greatest sci-fi/fantasy section, which is mostly what I read, which is why I tend to buy.
My town doesn't have a used book store, which makes me so sad, and I don't get out to the flea market often enough.
Our local Coles just downsized the Fantasy section, and never seems to have any new-releases, which makes me sad. I do like going there for books for my nieces, as I like to look through the kids books first.

(...wow, that got long, lol. Sorry!)
Nov. 25th, 2012 06:02 pm (UTC)
Book Depository has been fantastic. My only complaint about them is their shipping speeds, but that may be due to my being in the US, and they ship from outside the US.
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Nov. 25th, 2012 06:19 pm (UTC)
If the local library is just so-so and the bookstore options suck, then Amazon, paperbackswap and other online outlets are your best bet to be able to get what you want, when you want it.

i'm insanely spoiled. my local library is incredible, my town has an excellent new/used bookstore, and a lot of the cities I go to for work also have good local used bookstores. My friends at the bookstore know i run a bookblog, so they often loan me things and let me borrow ARCs that pubs send to the store. like I said, I'm totally spoiled rotten!
Nov. 25th, 2012 06:30 pm (UTC)
My friends at the bookstore know i run a bookblog, so they often loan me things and let me borrow ARCs that pubs send to the store. like I said, I'm totally spoiled rotten!

Yes, you are. But that's awesome!
Nov. 25th, 2012 07:42 pm (UTC)
We have cut way down on our book-buying budget since the baby was born (kids are expensive, yo!). I try to avoid buying new books these days except when something is newly released that I *have* to have my hands on (though I still wait for paperbacks!), in which case I generally order from Amazon for all the reasons you cited above. I've been using my Kindle more and more, also - less clutter! I'm less strict with myself about used books, but I rarely order them online. There are a few local independent bookstores with good used book selections that I will not hesitate to spend money on.

I like to own books that I think I will read more than once, but for books that I want to read but don't think I'll need them again, I have been using the library more often (particularly if the book is available digitally so I don't need to physically go get it and return it... what used to be a 2 minute errand is much more complicated with a toddler in tow!).
Nov. 25th, 2012 09:43 pm (UTC)
Sounds like a baby is a great way to curb the book-buying habit!
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Nov. 25th, 2012 09:44 pm (UTC)
I hear you. A crappy copy is really hard to warm up to... I don't even want to touch them. :-/
Nov. 25th, 2012 10:23 pm (UTC)
Since I've been unemployed, I've been searching out all the library book sales and used book stores in the area to indulge my addiction, plus using PaperbackSwap and BookMooch. While I was living in L.A., this worked really well -- since the real estate market crashed there have been used book stores popping up all over the place (because rents finally fell!). Unfortunately, I've recently moved out to the desert, where there is exactly one used bookstore and one Barnes and Noble for a population of half a million. Makes me wanna cry. So my book-buying has scaled back, which is good, because my TBR pile is absolutely insane.

When there's a specific title I absolutely must have, I check online at Better World Books first, and then if they don't have a copy or it's expensive I get it from Amazon.

I do have an e-reader, but so far I've been reading mostly free books on it -- review copies from LibraryThing or NetGalley, plus fan fiction downloaded off AO3. I think I've only purchased a single item for my Nook in almost a year, and I got it from Weightless Books, because their stuff is all DRM-free.

(It's really, really hard to balance my ethics with my pocketbook when I'm so poor! I try to be a good consumer, supporting businesses whose trade practices I approve of an when possible encouraging competition by buying from things other than the behemoths in the industry, but I really can't afford to pay more than the absolute minimum with the number of books I acquire.)
Nov. 26th, 2012 03:40 am (UTC)
So my book-buying has scaled back, which is good, because my TBR pile is absolutely insane.

I know that feeling! :)

It's really, really hard to balance my ethics with my pocketbook when I'm so poor! I try to be a good consumer, supporting businesses whose trade practices I approve of an when possible encouraging competition by buying from things other than the behemoths in the industry, but I really can't afford to pay more than the absolute minimum with the number of books I acquire.

I completely understand and sympathize.
Nov. 25th, 2012 10:33 pm (UTC)
I'm a little all over the place. For the longest time, I only bought my books new from the bookstore (helped that I worked at one for 5 years and got 30% off everything.) I didn't shop online for the longest time because I didn't have a credit card and I got online prices with my work discount anyway.

THEN, I found out that Chapters.ca let's you use your debit card and I started buying books online A LOT. Then I discovered bookcloseouts.com and start buying even more books online. I started to drive my parents a little crazy because their house was being overrun by books, heh.

I've started using the library a lot more than past year and a half though. I mostly started using it for the book club (didn't want to spend money on something I wasn't sure I would like), but since I've moved I've been using the library A LOT more. This is partly because I don't have a job and thus no income, but also because the library system here is AMAZING and has pretty much everything I want (my hometown's library system wasn't nearly as good.)

I do still buy books here, or when I go to Toronto to visit Jacob, but only for new releases that I know I want really, really badly.
Nov. 26th, 2012 03:41 am (UTC)
Working in a bookstore is like crack, I swear. It's so easy to spend your paycheck there!

Glad you have such an amazing library, though. I look forward to the day I can use one again!

I've missed you on LJ, btw!
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Nov. 25th, 2012 11:04 pm (UTC)
My reading habit is probably best described as voracious, its unusual to find someone who reads as much as I do (and now with ebooks I read even more!)

So I heavily utilise my library, they have RSS feeds whenever they make new purchases, so you can be the FIRST to reserve a book. And each month when new books come in they email you so you have another chance to reserve. So I get access to lots of new books and my library is pretty good, has a young staff who read SF and Fantasy so we get a pretty good selection. The YA is fairly extensive too.

For the books I must have dead tree editions of I use Book Depository for fiction fairly exclusively - the freight free makes a HUGE difference in the price from Amazon. About twice a year I go on with a limit of $100 NZD and preorder all the books I have to have that are coming up and then months later I get a mystery parcel and a lovely new book surprise in the mail.

Now I have embraced my Kindle I buy a bit through it, most often taking advantage of eArcs so I can get that new book fix NOW! Its to easy to rack up substantial charges a little bit at a time so I limit myself quite stringently there.

Between all three and the few thousand books I have at home, I am always reading something, and I am a multi book reader, ie have more than one book on the go at a time.

I don't have kids, Im single and I don't watch TV - its how I have time to get through all the books I read :)

For reference books I do patronise a local specialty bookstore, I like to keep them in business. Sometimes for the more expensive books or ones they dont carry then I get from BD - they have yet to let me down!
Nov. 26th, 2012 03:43 am (UTC)
I've probably asked this before, but how many books do you get to read per year?

About twice a year I go on with a limit of $100 NZD and preorder all the books I have to have that are coming up and then months later I get a mystery parcel and a lovely new book surprise in the mail.

I do this through Amazon, minus a limit. But I agree: it's a wonderful thing to get the books in the mail!

I don't have kids, Im single and I don't watch TV - its how I have time to get through all the books I read :)

Yeah, I love TV and I'm not single, so that does eat up some time. But no kids, so there's something!
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Nov. 26th, 2012 12:20 am (UTC)
When I was a teenager, I got my books almost entirely from the library. I didn't have the money to buy all the books I read and the library gave me a low risk way to try new things. I first started reading SFF in 7th grade, so everything was new. The library was an excellent way to find out what I liked.

Now, I buy almost everything I read. I moved to rural Ohio 10 years ago and did not initially have easy access to a good bookstore, so started buying from Amazon. I got a kindle a few years ago, which has only increased that trend. A Borders did get built about 20 minutes from my house six or seven years ago and Books A Million bought the store when Borders went out of business, but Amazon is still more convenient.

I have become increasing disenchanted with the selection at the big bookstores as well. I could not find Elizabeth Bear or Jo Walton at Borders, for example. I'm not sure if I'm just aware of more authors because of the internet, or if the selection has actually gotten worse in the past 10-15 years. I really appreciate Amazon's long tail and buy from them even though they have some dodgy corporate practices.
Nov. 26th, 2012 03:45 am (UTC)
When I was a teenager, I got my books almost entirely from the library. I didn't have the money to buy all the books I read and the library gave me a low risk way to try new things. I first started reading SFF in 7th grade, so everything was new. The library was an excellent way to find out what I liked.

The library and used book stores were how I was able to catch up on all of my Star Wars reading!

I'm always interested/dismayed to see what authors bookstores carry and which they don't. I know there's some interesting, somewhat shady, dealings between bookstores (the big guys) and those that promote and market the books for the publishers. It's a complex issue, and that's why I'm grateful for the internet to keep me aware of authors I wouldn't know of otherwise.
Nov. 26th, 2012 12:55 am (UTC)
I definitely prefer to walk into a bookstore and buy a book off the shelf. I love looking at all the shiny new books and buying one if satisfying. That said, I often buy from Amazon and bookcloseouts for the cheaper price.

There's a nice library here that has a pretty good selection of English books but I just haven't gotten into the habit of using it. Maybe my New Year's resolution will be to only borrow books for a year? Could be fun and easier on my wallet.
Nov. 26th, 2012 03:46 am (UTC)
Maybe my New Year's resolution will be to only borrow books for a year? Could be fun and easier on my wallet.

That's a thought! And then maybe buy the books you love after you've read them?
Nov. 26th, 2012 03:03 am (UTC)
In the past Half-Price Books was my go to bookstore to stock up my TBR pile. I could buy either new or used copies there and I was happy with either. In fact Half-Price Books was my "Happy Place", but now the nearest one to me is over 80 miles away. In between visits there, I would satisfy my book cravings at the library, but now I live in the country and hardly ever visit the library closest to me.

So now I primarily get my book fixes through PaperBackSwap.com, and I love it.
If you had asked me 3 years ago if I would give away or trade any books on my bookshelf I would have been shocked. Moving homes changed that for me, what with the whole packing, heavy lifting of multiple boxes, and then unpacking and trying to find a home for all of them. PaperBackSwap still gets me the books I want, while helping me pass along those I won't read again and keeps my library at a manageable size.
Nov. 26th, 2012 03:47 am (UTC)
I definitely need to utilize Paperback Swap more, or at least take a batch to a used bookstore, despite the fact the closest is quite a ways away.
Nov. 26th, 2012 03:25 am (UTC)
I use Amazon for hardcover books, Barnes and Noble for paperbacks (member discount & coupons), and a few used bookstores. But lately I have been borrowing a lot of books from the library rather than buying them.
Nov. 26th, 2012 03:58 am (UTC)
Sounds like a solid system! I like it. :)
Nov. 26th, 2012 03:30 am (UTC)
Well, I work in a library, so it's awfully convenient! I borrow a LOT of stuff, both from my own workplace and via ILL, and I buy a LOT of books from the Friends of the Library bookstore. And since a large part of my job is book buying, and our SFF collection has been very neglected for many years, a lot of what I've been doing for the past few years is buying for the library what I want to read myself (and think other people will read, of course! - or, put another way, buying things that should be in the collection in the order I want to read them).

Most of my own personal new-book purchasing goes through Amazon, and for much the same reason as yours - there's no decent new bookstore that's not a big-box operation for two hundred miles. B&N is nice sometimes (the nearest one is about 50 miles), but drop-shipping to my house is much more convenient. I do love to go to Tattered Cover in Denver for a tea and a browse when I'm in the city, but what I buy there tends more to be limited-circulation magazines than books.

And once I pre-order, I can sit back, relax, and wait for those books to trickle into my mailbox during the course of the year.

This may not be as useful for you, but for your library-using readers - you can do this too! Most libraries now use standing orders to automatically pre-purchase popular authors as soon as they hit the wholesale pipeline, and put the records into their catalogues immediately. This is why that just-released book already has 87 holds on it - people started putting hold requests in six months ago when the book first became available for pre-order. Be one of those people! Put a hold on a future release as soon as it shows up in the online catalog, and kick back and wait for the phone call. :-)
Nov. 26th, 2012 03:59 am (UTC)
Cool tidbit, thanks for sharing!
Nov. 26th, 2012 03:33 am (UTC)
It's 30 miles away (which might be a good thing for my budget), and I've been going there since they opened a long time ago in a teenagehood far away.

Since I got my kindle, it's almost all ebooks for me. Actual physical books bring remarks from my husband about the fact the books have spilled out of my office and into the dining room, and that we could use them instead of drywall ;)

At Between Books, I pretty much just ask Greg what I should buy. For ebook choices, I read reviews (yours, ocelott's, other random internet entities).
Nov. 26th, 2012 04:00 am (UTC)
E-books definitely cut down on the need for shelf space. :)
Nov. 26th, 2012 04:02 am (UTC)
Interesting about the number of people who still buy books, I wonder how many of the book buyers are re-readers.

One of the first questions I get when people walk into my library (ie spare room with two 7 foot hi and 5 ft wide bookcases jam packed full of books) after they have commented that its a lot of books - that question is "Do you read these more than once?"

I don't know about you but I am a huge rereader - I think the first David Eddings book I must have read over 20 times (I am a compulsive "read from the beginning of a series when a new book comes out " reader as well)

Its one of the reasons I do patronise my library so much, I find a lot of the Paranormal Romance, Urban stuff is a bit like junk food for me, I enjoy it but don't feel the need to reread it so I don't want to buy. There are a rare few like the Kate Daniels series I do have and recently reread, but a lot I just read and move onto the next one.

Curious about other approach to this?
Nov. 26th, 2012 04:15 am (UTC)
I'm not a re-reader. My TBR pile is too big to justify such a thing at this point, but I know that one day, when I start culling my read books, whether or not I want to re-read said book one day will determine whether or not I keep it. And I hope when that day comes, I'll have a library on hand to sample books first before buying them. :)
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Nov. 26th, 2012 04:31 am (UTC)
I still mostly buy physical books, despite having a Kindle, in part because I just love how they look and it's so satisfying to have my library surrounding me. They're the main way I decorate my apartment. :) Having a demanding job and a lot of competing hobbies (and the good fortune to be relatively well-paid) means that I buy far more books than I read, so my TBR pile is actually my library to a scary degree.

I love having the flexibility to pick up any book I feel like reading at any moment. Growing up, we almost never purchased books and read exclusively from the library due mostly to cost (I went through a lot of books as a kid -- almost everything worth reading in the children's sections of three different libraries), so being able to purchase books and keep them was a huge thing for me when I grew up and had my own job. And, like you, I have a thing about good-looking books. I carefully read to not break spines, buy hardcovers of books I particularly like, etc.

Nearly all of my books are purchased from Powell's. I totally understand people buying from Amazon, since it's definitely less expensive, but since I can, I like supporting a great bookstore like Powell's. I try to buy books by living authors mostly new, unless I'm just buying a reading copy of something that I'm not sure I'd like, so that the authors can get their royalties. (Again, this is just because I'm super-lucky to have the resources available to do this sort of thing.) The major exceptions are the few things I get on the Kindle (usually long urban fantasy series and other stuff that doesn't trigger my "must hoard and look at" feelings) and my twice-yearly used book store trip.

Twice a year, my parents and I go to the Oregon coast (something we've been doing for more than 20 years), and there's a fantastic SFF-heavy used bookstore in Lincoln City called Robert's. I can't go in there and get out again with fewer than 40 books. That's where I get a lot of out-of-print paperbacks and the like. There's also a clearance bookstore that sells remaindered copies in the same city, and I go there and get $5 hardcovers.
Nov. 26th, 2012 12:34 pm (UTC)
usually long urban fantasy series and other stuff that doesn't trigger my "must hoard and look at" feelings

Ha-ha-ha! That's perfect! Because that's the EXACT feeling!

You're definitely lucky to have a place like Powell's available to you, and that you have the means. Go you for supporting indie stores!
Nov. 26th, 2012 10:06 am (UTC)
Well, I am pretty much in sync with everything you said. My notable exception is that I buy my books from a physical bookstore. I mainly buy from my local indie store, which I LOVE. However, if they are out of stock, my second option is B&N...I have the membership. I grew up getting books from the library. They were in poor condition, had little selection, and volumes would be missing out of series. Once I had means of my own money, I ordered from Amazon. Then, when I moved into the city, it was bookstores. Occasionally, if I'm low on cash or I have a huge number of books I'm hankering for, I'll go through amazon. I love their wishlist option and you can't beat their prices. I also read their reviews, secondary to goodreads (what on earth did I do before goodreads?!).
Nov. 26th, 2012 12:35 pm (UTC)
Amazon's wishlists are incredibly useful, that's for sure. I don't know what I'd do without them!
Nov. 26th, 2012 10:40 am (UTC)
Most of the "new books" I buy are e-books from B&N, because I have a nook. However, I also periodically go to secondhand bookstores or sales and pick up a nice chunk of used books. I'm pretty lucky on that end, because there's an Edward McKay close to my parents' home that usually has a nice selection of books (so I can splurge twice a year when I visit my family! ...I still have a sizable stack of old SF/fantasy to read from my last used-book-spree, though, so I've been trying to hold off on getting more...) I also have the desire to own books, not just read them, but I don't really care about the physical quality. I like shiny new books, but I also like books with yellowed pages and tears in the cover.

I used to use libraries when I was a kid, but I feel like I haven't been living in the same place for long enough at a time to really get into the local library systems. That's also why I favor e-books over real books... stacks of real books can get very heavy, very fast.
Nov. 26th, 2012 12:36 pm (UTC)
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Edward McKay? Any relation to these used stores in Knoxville and Chattanooga?


BTW: LJ loves putting you in spam comments. I noticed this time you put your blog address in the subject heading (or maybe you didn't mean to?), and that might be what's doing it? Just wondering. :)

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Nov. 26th, 2012 10:08 pm (UTC)
I live in Boston and work in Cambridge -- two blocks from MIT -- so there are still actual bookstores here. Damn few, but some. I buy everything on dead trees; new if I can find it, used if it's in good condition. I buy hardcovers if I can find them marked down or on remainder (or if it's something I Really Really Want), but mostly paperbacks.

I carry a list of all my books, printed in teeny print, so I can be sure I don't already have something. (I have a detailed database of all my books). (And fifteen year's worth of grocery expenses). (Compulsive? Why, not in the slightest!) It's very frustrating buying an extra copy accidentally. I keep lists of books I want to look for, but usually lose them in the drifts of loose paper in my office.

I buy them as I find them, which means my TBR is about 800 books deep just now. I'm working on it! :)
Nov. 27th, 2012 12:27 am (UTC)
Your TBR pile makes mine look so teeny! :)
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Nov. 27th, 2012 02:32 am (UTC)
Nowadays my only book-shopping involves using the money I've raised via Amazon Associates, so I'm only shopping at Amazon.

Of course, half the money is spent on postage to Australia. Say I have $30 to spend. $15 goes on postage, the other $15 on books. So I buy the least expensive things on my wishlist - usually used copies for $3.99.
Nov. 27th, 2012 04:28 am (UTC)
Yikes. Shipping is a real bitch over there!
Nov. 30th, 2012 10:54 pm (UTC)
I primarily get my books from Amazon. Ideally, I'd shop at Barnes and Noble, since that store is so nearby and would allow me to browse through all the copies until I find one in a condition I like. (Amazon doesn't always package their books well; they once shoved a book into a box that was too small for it!) But Barnes and Noble often doesn't have the books I want, so shopping online is my best bet. (Makes me miss Borders. They'd often have the books I needed whenever Barnes and Noble didn't.) When it comes to comics and certain graphic novels, I like to order them from Things From Another World. I'm always impressed with their packaging, and I can never find comics in stores anymore, so it's nice to have this option!
Nov. 30th, 2012 11:47 pm (UTC)
God, no kidding about Amazon's packaging! I've had to send books back before!

"Things From Another World"

I've never heard of this place before.... you order your graphic novels and such from there?
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