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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

RTW: Where Do You Buy Your Books?

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This Week's Topic: 
Where do you buy most of your books? No one is judging!

Well...I try to buy most of my books from books stores, but some of them *cough* Barnes & Noble *cough* don't stock the books I want. I'm still a little peeved that I didn't see Blood Red Road on their shelves, but...maybe I'm being too hard on them. There are a lot of books out there, and they can't house them all in stores.

The truth is, I'm really grateful for Barnes & Noble because like many of you book lovers out there, I'm a rebel reader of actual know the ones with paper pages. Oh yeah, those. I'm still not sold on the e-book. I can't bring myself to buy a Kindle or a Nook. I don't really have anything against the e-book lovers. Whatever floats your boat. In fact, Oppression will be out as an e-book as well, but I just love the feel, the smell, the weight, the look of a book. I think I always will. I'll be a squinty old lady trying to read the faded pages of old paperbacks and my kids and grand kids will marvel at the antique..."You don't know what you're missing," I'll gripe at them.

So, my go-to is Barnes & Noble. Next is (for the real deal).

What about you? E-book or Real Book? Book store or online?


  1. I don´t have an e-reader...yet. Hubby is trying to convince me to get one (I think he´s afraid our apartment may not survive my book buying habit). However, I´m still unsure. I love the feel of a book in my hand and the smell of very old books (the ones my mom kept from her grandparents...). I do see how my commute might be lighter if I did not have to bring two books (the one I am finishing and the one I am about to start).
    Maybe I can be a 80/20 reader (80% "real" and 20% "virtual).
    As you can see I´m still unsure :-)

  2. I don't have an e-reader yet, but I've already determined that there is a place for both an e-reader and real books in my life. Like you, I prefer the real book (and I certainly would like to see my published works--whenever that happens--with a cover and paper pages sitting on a real bookshelf), but I also have limited bookshelf space. That's where buying certain books electronically would come in handy for me.

  3. How about this: Let's start a Book-Sniffers Anonymous chapter? I LOVE the smell of books old and new (and I know Colin does too because he mentioned it on my blog), and I know there are others with the same compulsion. I caved and bought an e-reader mostly for vacations (weighs less than a giant stack of books) and for when I'm too impatient for a book. But I would say 80% or more of my book reading is actual paper books. They're irreplaceable (or at least I'm hoping so). =)

  4. I still prefer real books. I love to read in the bath, which makes my Kindle a bit problematic. Plus, I love to write notes, dog-ear pages, etc. But I'm slowly coming around.

    I don't think I'll ever give up on books (and having shelves full of them in my house), but I'm enjoying reading on my Kindle, too.

    Happy Holidays!

  5. This. "I'll be a squinty old lady trying to read the faded pages of old paperbacks and my kids and grand kids will marvel at the antique..."You don't know what you're missing," I'll gripe at them."

  6. I'm a hundred percent eBooks now and buy them mostly from the iBookstore. (Although I do have apps for the others.)

  7. I buy most of my book on-line, both traditional and e-books. Though I buy more e-books than hard copy, I buy way more books than ever before since getting my Kindle... Grateful we have so many options.

  8. Hey, Jessica. *waves*
    My wife is a teacher. She really doesn't get the time to read until summer break. Typically she would read 4-5 books. The first summer with her Kindle, she read 8. It pretty much sums it up.
    We both have them now.
    In spite of the fact that we mostly buy e-books, I really do hope that we never see the end of brick and mortar stores. Every book store that we come across, we both immediately go inside. There is still something magical about them. Is it the potential of coming across a book that transports us on a grand adventure? I think so.
    Happy Holidays to you and yours.


  9. Real book, all the way. I have a few free e-books that I use on the iPad to read to the kids every so often, but they like to hold the books so we usually stick with them. I love the smell of old bookstores, so I usually buy them in a store. Except for rarities, then it's online.