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Do You Care Which Site You Buy Your Books From?

International bookseller Borders recently announced that it would be breaking free from Amazon after a seven-year partnership. It's already launched a revamped website that's intended to provide a more "real-world" visual online book-shopping experience — something that Amazon doesn't offer just yet. The new and improved site features a "Magic Shelf," an interactive browsing window that enables users to check out highlighted music, books, and movie titles.

I don't know about you, but when it comes to book shopping, I want to get in, get out, and get the best price (all online, that is). Usually I know exactly what I want, so I couldn't care less about a fancy online shopping experience . . . I base my final site decision solely on the price tag. What about you?

jennjennnbubba jennjennnbubba 9 years
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jennjennnbubba jennjennnbubba 9 years
doesnt matter much to me and I rarely buy books from the new anyhow
wowjules wowjules 9 years
usually half.com
beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
i also use abe books a lot.
beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
i can't use either of those, but for me i always choose chapters/indigo over amazon, because i always go with a canadian company.
CollegeGirl CollegeGirl 9 years
I use Amazon most of the time because I hate to pay for shipping unless I absolutely need something by a certain date. For an actual bookstore, I prefer Barnes and Noble over Borders, but as long as I get books, I'm not too picky :)
mayara mayara 9 years
I usually prefer brick-and-mortar for book shopping, but for online purchases we usually go through Amazon (though I picked "doesn't matter"), as the hubby has an Amazon credit card that gives us our cashback in the form of Amazon credits. So we occasionally get free stuff from Amazon, since we do the put everything on the card and pay it all off each month thing.
freegracefrom freegracefrom 9 years
I really love Amazon. Does this break with Borders mean they won't have as great of a selection anymore though?
hightechlipgloss hightechlipgloss 9 years
i like amazon.com because i can find books for as less than a dime!
haydee haydee 9 years
amazon is usually cheaper
MsTerious82 MsTerious82 9 years
I don't buy books at all. I use a little-known source for free books, audio books, and ebooks. It's called the library. I don't even have to leave my house anymore. I can download digital content right from the library website.
MissMarisol MissMarisol 9 years
I am an Amazonian all the way but when I want a book NOW, I usually go to Barnes & Noble. The one near me is much better than the Borders.
Babycakes1234 Babycakes1234 9 years
I used to spend sooo much on books because I was reading about 3 a week. Now I belong to the library in both places where I have homes and that is such a big savings. I fill up my requests ahead of time so that when I arrive I have books waiting.
kathleenjoy kathleenjoy 9 years
http://www.betterworldbooks.com/ is highly recommended too, with a flat rate for shipping and the money going to a good cause!
kathleenjoy kathleenjoy 9 years
BookDepository.co.uk is the best - really cheap prices and FREE SHIPPING, Royal Mail from UK! I find the shipping is so much quicker than Amazon to Australia - I usually get my books in less than five working days.
neko neko 9 years
If Borders has a lower price than Amazon, including shipping, then I'll buy from them. Amazon is pretty hard to beat, though.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Nope, just the best price!
hotstuff hotstuff 9 years
AMAZON all day baby! I LOVE that site for EVERYTHING!!! They have the best deals.
devils devils 9 years
I would probably just go to the actual Borders bookstore, but if I had to buy it online, I would use Borders' site. Especially since I'm a reward member with them :) But I love Amazon too - I usually go there for all my other needs
j2e1n9 j2e1n9 9 years
I use half.com or ebay. Cant afford to buy new. Plus I like recycling.
PatricksJessica PatricksJessica 9 years
I too am an Amazon.com junkie! I as well subscribe to the Amazon Prime for the free shipping and discounted 2 day shipping. I'm an Amazon Kindle owner so I have to purchase my books from Amazon. But I don't mind because I LOVE my Kindle and I love Amazon.com! All-in-all Amazon.com is the best and cheapest option for me.
girlwparasol girlwparasol 9 years
i buy from ABE books (because the listings are usually from independent sellers, who'd i'd rather support than a big corporation like borders). i guess i won't buy from either amazon OR borders now, since i used to buy from the borders site with my amazon credit card... equaling point-goodness in a two-birds-with-one-stone kind of way, but now that borders has changed its rewards system, and chase raised my amazon card's APR, i doubt i'll be using either service.
Sammi_784 Sammi_784 9 years
i don't tend to buy books online. last year i pre-ordered the seventh harry potter book and still haven't received it (i got my money back though). that was the first and last time i pre order anything. i love book shops (especially borders) and i think the experience of browsing through a bookstore is far more satisfying than buying online.
Bksuga Bksuga 9 years
I got hooked on amazon when the last harry potter book came out. Since then i always browse through to see what new. All though i do go to barnes and nobles to see what on the best selling list.
calamari calamari 9 years
Sorry to go off on an advertising/marketing tangent. But this brings up the fascinating idea of brand loyalty online. I surfed by the new Borders website yesterday and I think the experience was nicer than Amazon. But is the experience enough to get people to switch or is it all about price? It's all new territory for retailers in an online marketplace. I think Borders would be smart to try and offer things that Amazon doesn't. Maybe buy the book and get exclusive access to an online chat with the author...or something like that.
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