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Where Do You Get Your Books?

Barnes and Noble announced big losses today suggesting the company's chapter of book-market domination is coming to an end. The country's top bookstore has seen a significant drop in store sales, but it's not all bad news: its digital book sales have risen.

Back in the day, I used to crave an afternoon of wandering through the oversized shelves at a mega bookstore, but now I can't remember the last time I entered one, let alone bought a book there. Instead, I've taken to downloading books instantly to my Kindle. And when I'm in the mood for browsing — or need to save — I'll break out my library card. What about you?

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lady-T lady-T 7 years
i buy most from second hand book shops that aid charities, then i swap with friends as love to buy books but theyre really expensive here in Malta
amber512 amber512 7 years
I'm lucky in that my mom owns a used paperback bookstore. So I can borrow and return to my heart's content!
Phorrest99 Phorrest99 7 years
I usually check them out first, or borrow them. But, when I really truly love a book I will buy it. But even then I tend to buy them online.
HoneyBrown1976 HoneyBrown1976 7 years
I buy them. There's something inherently wrong, in my opinion, for using Kindle when you are able-bodied. I totally understand those with special needs requiring the use of such tools.
SS10Sne1 SS10Sne1 7 years
I just got a Kindle for my birthday and love it! My book collection was taking up too much space. I also go to the library and borrow books from friends.
juicebox07 juicebox07 7 years
I buy them. I love the feel of brand new books.
reesiecup reesiecup 7 years
If at all possible, I try to check out books from the library--can't beat the price ;). If it's a new book where the wait will be very long, I may buy it from Borders, Amazon, or B&N. My friends and I trade too, but that's only on occasion since we have different interests.
Girl-Jen Girl-Jen 7 years
SKG, yes, I'm in the Denver area. And yes, our libraries are awesome! :D
totygoliguez totygoliguez 7 years
I rent my books from the library, or buy them. I love going to big book stores and wounder around them!
Girl-Jen Girl-Jen 7 years
Library! It's free, which is right at the top of my price range right now.
katiekat95 katiekat95 7 years
We have a book store called Half Price Books where you sell old books/they get overstock. I haven't paid more than $7 for a new hardcover book. Plus I get a great discount for being a teacher. Love it!
postmodernsleaze postmodernsleaze 7 years
Library, mostly. I love libraries! It's a free and excellent resource, it saddens me that more people don't use it. But I hope to get a Kindle for Christmas and inch my way into the future :) It's always been hard for me to make the transition to digital. I remember when I was adamant about buying records and CDs, but now I rarely buy CDs. I have a record player, so that's still in the cards, but most of my music is digital. At first, I couldn't fathom not feeling a book in my hands as I read it, but I've been warming up to the idea of digital books after checking out some of the options.
catita85 catita85 7 years
Luckily, my parents are huge readers so my home is full of books. But when a I want a new one, I´ll go to the bookstore, coincidentally today I bought Jane Austen´s Emma, though I wanted Persuasion. Used bookstores are great, too.
MartiniLush MartiniLush 7 years
bengalspice, I am sooooo jealous!!! :P What do you do in publishing?
gingirl gingirl 7 years
Library, library, library! It's free and there for you to use, people! Occasionally I will buy a book, say one I know I will read and re-read, but those are few and far between. You can always find quirky, interesting things at the library or new books and if they don't have what you want, you can request it. It may take a little time, but I've never had to wait more than I would for a book from Amazon. I'm just tired of paying for books that I'm not sure I'll like or what.
tarabara1229 tarabara1229 7 years
I just bought the third book of the Hunger Games trilogy on Amazon :) I was going to order through B&N, but it seems to be getting more pricy, and I couldn't justify renewing my membership. I like having a big collection of books, but I wouldn't be opposed to getting an e-reader in the future.
fuzzles fuzzles 7 years
Technology can be a great thing, but I can't ever see myself going the Kindle route. I love the feel of a book in my hands, it's smell, and flipping through real pages. For me, that is part of the pleasure of reading.
bryseana bryseana 7 years
The last book I bought was from Barnes & Noble. But, I usually buy them from Amazon or check them out from the library.
stephley stephley 7 years
50-50 from Border Books and the library. There are no good used bookstores in my neighborhood :(
bengalspice bengalspice 7 years
I get books from work ... I work at a book publisher.
fuzzles fuzzles 7 years
Loving my library! But I also enjoy puttering about used book stores. I once found (and bought) a Christopher Isherwood paperback for about 85 cents. :bananana:
Chrstne Chrstne 7 years
I get my books from the library. I'd buy them, but I like saving money! I'd love a kindle, but as I said, I like saving money so... :P
le-romantique le-romantique 7 years
I buy from Barnes & Noble if its a new release, but when I'm looking around for something different I try a local "used entertainment store", which mainly consists of rare/old vinyl records, music/band merchandise, and books. A gem in the community that often goes overlooked.
MartiniLush MartiniLush 7 years
You need an "other" option! I get most of my books from - LOVE that site! AND I managed to clear out all the old books I had accumulated in boxes! But I now have a stack of books 50 high waiting to be read! :oops:
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