Reading inside bookstores

@deodavid (4150)
Philippines
April 12, 2012 12:10pm CST
Hey there lotters, I hope that everybody is having a blast doing some lotting today cause i sure do, Anyway thing is i have never done this before, i may have read a couple of lines in a book but not read the whole book in the store, (book store) but there were times that i would see people on the floor reading books that are supposed to be sealed and i think that the store personnel don't even care to check but i guess this is fine since it is a great place to read and might bring more customers in anyway i think they are letting people read for a couple of hours then stop them when they are already hooked so that they will buy the book. right?
15 responses
@Porcospino (19596)
• Denmark
12 Apr 12
In other countries I have seen bookstores with tables and chairs. Many people sat in the chairs and read the books. The first time that I saw it I was really surpriced, because in my country there are no chairs or tables in the bookshops. In some shops I have even seen signs like this one: "Please don't read the books before you buy them. This shop is not a library" If it was possible to sit down in the bookshops in my country I would probably do it. I wouldn't read the books from the first to the last page, but it would be nice to have a look at the chapters and flip through the pages before I decide if I want to buy the book or not.
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@deodavid (4150)
• Philippines
16 Apr 12
Hi there Porcospino, Yeah in my opinion it is also a good market strategy right, if people don't know or have an understanding of the book like if they can read a little inside most likely they wont purchase it right.
@soulist (2986)
• United States
12 Apr 12
I have seen the same thing especially when the store has chairs and things in it. I have read the first chapter or so but like you said not the whole book. I don't understand how people can send hours in the store reading the books. I would rather take it home.
@deodavid (4150)
• Philippines
14 Apr 12
Hey there soulist, Well i guess first of all if it is for free then no harm no foul right? and one more thing if it is expensive like more expensive than the amount of viand that you will eat in a month I guess really people will pass on the opportunity. I just hope that we all can buy stuff that we like.
@chicgale (2982)
• Philippines
13 Apr 12
I do that sometimes especially that I am hooked on the certain book that I am reading and if I have enough time to stay at the bookstore.
@deodavid (4150)
• Philippines
16 Apr 12
Hey there gale, Do you actually finish the book or buy it, i mean i just think that if you finish the book in the store you kinda not help them get profit from the book. And you have already finished it soo in turn you got what you liked and they have no income from it, right?
@chicgale (2982)
• Philippines
16 Apr 12
If I tend to finish the book, I will not going to buy it anymore. hahahha But, if I couldn't finish it I will have to buy it and continue reading it at home.
@deodavid (4150)
• Philippines
16 Apr 12
ha-ha oh you sly foxxy lady you, anyway well if the bookstore doesn't tell you not to do it then what can i say right? Something that is for one is not for all, anyway enjoy your reading as much as i enjoy our discussions take care now gale.
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@laken02 (3067)
• United States
15 Apr 12
i hardly ever buy books unless i go to half price books i read a little to see if im interested and it has to be cheap as i can rent it at the library for free and read it .for 2 weeks at a time i love the library and can even rent movies as well for free or get on internet .. its lots of fun.
@deodavid (4150)
• Philippines
16 Apr 12
Lots of fun indeed wow free book reads i wish our library here would purchase great novels and sorts and that people wont keep on stealing the books lended by the library so that they wont be forced to not lend the books. I can just pray.
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@laken02 (3067)
• United States
16 Apr 12
well here everyone has to get a library card its free as well, and i orner to use the computer or check out books to take home you have to use your card and they give you a date to return books and if you dont you get fined unitl you bring it back so that keeps theft down.. i love our library..
@deodavid (4150)
• Philippines
16 Apr 12
Hey there laken, Well here in my place they also do that but tendency is that people make fake id cards and fake identities so that they can use it for the library card, in the end the library no longer lends the books but it is all fine at least there are books that can be used still right?
• Ecuador
13 Apr 12
I don't like reading in bookstores, I know is a calm place, but I don't feel as relaxed as I feel when I read at home. What I usually do, is reading one or two pages from a book I want to buy, so I can decide to buy it or not. But reading the whole book in a bookstore is something I wouldn't do. Also, I don't know any bookstore that let you read the whole book there without buying it.
@deodavid (4150)
• Philippines
16 Apr 12
Hey rice, Well i know some about three but not all there branches do it, this are big bookstores here in m country and specific branches let people read in corners and even let them stay awhile for a good read, i agree take a little look at the books then buy if interested right?
• Ecuador
16 Apr 12
Of course. What I do when I read one or two of the first pages is persuading myself to buy the book. I know that there's the phrase "don't judge a book by its cover", and applying it to books, I'd also say that we shouldn't judge a book by its first pages, but anyway it's a good way to know what you'll find in the book.
@deodavid (4150)
• Philippines
16 Apr 12
That is a good one using a what is that a metaphor on the actual thing wow that is really nice and smart too, anyway maybe trying to break your quitting points in something like in a book is a nice change of pace I'll read something that i have here and finish it.
@CarlHalling (3629)
• United Kingdom
13 Apr 12
Book reading... - ...is wonderful, but for me only when the day's work is done, not at the height of the day when there's so much to do.
I don't know why they permit this; but they do, and always have it seems. Long before the days of the internet, I used to do it myself, in fact, I have a memory of sitting on the floor of a London bookshop, reading for long, long periods of time, and even making notes. These days I'd never do that because I'd see it as a waste of time: I have better things to do with my time than read books. Don't get me wrong: I love reading, but not at the height of the day; I'm usually too busy; no, I like to read when my day's work is done, in bed before putting the light out. But I was in a bookshop today (concidentally), and this particular one had several comfortable chairs for people to take a book and read. I've done this myself in the past; although I don't make a habit of it.
@deodavid (4150)
• Philippines
16 Apr 12
Hi Carl, Great comment, London right wow that must had been a trip Ive never been out of the country before, never been on a plain either. I guess it differs from person to person on how or were they would like and love to read, and besides most readers read on there free time so i guess you are right better get all the job done first then it's reading time.
• United Kingdom
16 Apr 12
Thanks David. Yes, it was great, great carefree times. I've not travelled much either; never been out of Europe, I've been on a plane, but not for many years now. Yes, I don't like reading for the sake of it...for me ideally it's a reward for a good full day's work.
@deodavid (4150)
• Philippines
16 Apr 12
Hey there carl, Welcome, wow what a way to spend your carefree time i hope i can spend my quality time on some cruise of sort, and i long for the day that i get to travel via plane. It is a good way to look at reading and to use it as a reward system for yourself come to think about it you work all day then reward yourself with a book, it is like you are learning from the book and enjoying yourself at the same time, great comment man take care.
• Mexico
14 Apr 12
I don't know, I consider it to be uneducated cause yo may damage the brand new books in any way, so they can no longer be sold, don't you think? Anyway, I always see those comfortable sofas, and feel really attracted to go and sitting, but just don't do it.
@deodavid (4150)
• Philippines
16 Apr 12
Hi penny, I agree, I mean hey it is expensive to purchase books and hard to sell them brand new much more to sell them with dents right? am I right? and yeah the sofa's are cushiony aren't they kinda like leather car buckets, those are nice.
@jemzchix (116)
• Philippines
13 Apr 12
i also notice these kind of people in book stores... most of them are actually young adults or teens who read on teen novels. the way i look at them, they read the books as if they're at the comfort of their homes. they don't even mind people walking right in front of them with curious stares in their faces. they seem to not give a damn care with the store personnel who had made trips in front of them for several times already. i find the scenario funny at the same time kind of shameful, since those books are meant for display and buying. maybe these people should feel a little guilt in doing the habit. i think it should be cut short since it will be a loss in earnings for the establishment...
@deodavid (4150)
• Philippines
16 Apr 12
Jem, You said it, i mean what profit will it give the store if people keep on reading free stuff in the store, i am not against people skimming on books to conclude in buying it in the future but finishing the book, man there crazy.
@djbtol (5498)
• United States
13 Apr 12
I think most bookstores like it if you care to hang around and read books. Of course, a typical store could only handle so many such readers before they were too much in the way of shoppers.
@deodavid (4150)
• Philippines
16 Apr 12
hi dj, I think it is all good to read a book here and there in the store but in my perception it would be wrong to finish the book that some readers do in the store for me it is as bad as stealing the book.
• Philippines
13 Apr 12
I do this sometimes in malls when I wait for my parents and aunties to finish shopping. When I have nothing to do, I go to the bookstore and scan few pages of a book. Do you find it very abusing that people just go there read and finish a book? They already finished a book without buying it. hehehe
@deodavid (4150)
• Philippines
16 Apr 12
hey vincent, Yeah it is abusive if they sit there till the shop closes and finish the book, i mean what will happen to the people earning a living right. It is like you have cheated the store if you finish off the book.
@cloud31 (5811)
13 Apr 12
I usually do that when I'm choosing books and intend to buy some books.I even sit in the corner reading a book I'm interested into.I love to read and no matter a magazines or a book I would spend sometimes to get at least an idea what is all about before I conclude to buy.
@deodavid (4150)
• Philippines
16 Apr 12
Hey there cloud, It is better right? If stores will kinda let the books be read for some amount of time, ample that is. SO that people can judge if they will invest in buying a book especially the more expensive one's, i guess not all stores have gotten the technique in that manner.
@doroffee (4230)
• Hungary
12 Apr 12
It's always kind of weird for me to see this. Especially because at our place, a big amount of contemporary books are going to be brought to the library a year later or so. I wouldn't do that. If someone wants to read a book, they should go buy the book or go to the library. I think it does more harm than good for bookstores-but well, if they have chairs and stuff and they are okay with that... who am I to hudge their policies, right?...
@deodavid (4150)
• Philippines
16 Apr 12
Hey there dorofee, Guess so well i just hope that one day it will be fine to just have books available to all and yeah libraries are great and wonderful good thing we have them and so in time we can read all the things that we wish, I wish.
@peavey (16876)
• United States
12 Apr 12
I don't think it would be fair to sit and read an entire book then get up and go home. The store doesn't make any money that way and if the store doesn't make money, it won't last long. I have read parts of magazines or skimmed through books to decide whether I wanted to buy them, but I've never sat and read for more than a few minutes.
@deodavid (4150)
• Philippines
14 Apr 12
Hey there you are right on peavey, Well as I have said maybe it is a ploy right like they will watch you and time then call out and say stop reading and you'll be hooked so bad that you or the person reading the book will save enough money to buy it, don't know i wasn't there long enough to know.
@cher913 (25890)
• Canada
12 Apr 12
i spend time at my local large bookstore checking out the magazines on art and crafting as well as decorating. i seldom buy any because they tend to be pretty pricey. they even have benches in the magazine section for you to sit while you are checking them out. so why not?
@deodavid (4150)
• Philippines
14 Apr 12
Hey there cher, Yeah why not free stuff that you can enjoy and learn from, almost nothing better than the free stuff, well it is nice i just hope that we do have magazines for display or for reading like in your area i would love to look at furniture, interior design and vehicle magazines for free in an air-conditioned room like that in bookstores oh how I wish.
• Philippines
25 Apr 12
I don't know if the people I see reading in bookstores really read the whole book, probably they're just skimming or scanning or just reading a few pages like me. Or maybe just reading a large part of the book like me too. I never read a whole book in a bookstore yet, not because I don't want to but if I can I would I just don't have the chance and I'm a little embarrassed to stay too long inside the bookstore. However, whenever I read books there,I just sometimes scan, or sometimes I read 2-3 chapters.