Where do you buy your books?

@lulu1220 (1009)
United States
June 19, 2009 10:10am CST
Do you buy your books in a new bookstore, a used bookstore, online or check them out at the library? Download audio books? I like a great deal. Who doesn't? So I rarely buy books in a new bookstore. I will go the new bookstore to look at the book. I will jot down the price and then check a used bookstore or online. Whichever is cheaper is where I will buy it. I occasionally will download an audio book if I am traveling a long ways in a car or on a plane. I cannot read on the plane because it makes me sick, so an audio book is a great alternative. I found the best deal one day. I went to a used bookstore and found the $1 section. There were many paperbacks to choose from and I found three I liked. What a steal!
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@gr8life (6252)
• Malaysia
23 Jun 09
Hello lulu1220, I always get my book from a bookstore. I have a favorite used bookstore where they are selling second hand books for 50% cheaper than the original price. I go there once a month and buy like 2-3 books per visit. If I have more free time to read, I will go there more often. I go to a new bookstore too to get the latest books available.
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@jambi462 (4593)
• United States
22 Jun 09
I buy my books from used bookstores because you never really know what kind of treasures you will find in there. It's pretty cool because I've found a lot of books that I would have never found out about because of some used book stores that I have went too. I came up with this new idea that I will save up all my change in a large jar until it's full and then I will take all the change to coinstar and turn it in to bills. Then I will have a bunch of money to just go and splurge on great new books. Well they're used but they're new to me.
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• Australia
22 Jun 09
I rarely buy new books - here in Australia, you're usually looking at between $20-$40 for a new book, which is so expensive, especially when compared to the prices of new books in other countries. I love to wander around second hand book shops, or I use ebay to buy a lot of my books. I'm also a member of three libraries, so I borrow a lot of books as well. I'm also a member of bookcrossing, so I get a lot of books through the other bookcrossing members as well.
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@wmfhed (121)
• China
22 Jun 09
Most of the time the college library has the book I want to read and the borrowing period is two months, which is enough for me to finish that. Sometimes I can't find a book in the library or the book I want in emergency is temporarily not available to borrow. I would then check online bookstore to buy one. The online bookstore offers a decent price and usually provides delivering service. The above two options can satisfy most of my needs, so I seldom go to a real bookstore.
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@lazeebee (5466)
• Malaysia
22 Jun 09
I usually get my fiction books from a used bookstore. They are much cheaper, and most of the books are in very good condition. And when these used bookstores have sales, it's really crazy. I can shop to my heart's delight - about USD 4 for 5 books of my choice. I only buy new books for my work or research. Even then, I would try to search online first; if I can't get the information, then only I would buy the books.
• United States
21 Jun 09
I guess I have done a little bit of everything! I do love to go to new bookstores/coffee shops! I could hang out there all day and look through books and sip coffee! I don't mind buying a new book if it's what I want. However, I love buying some of the classic Christian books on line or at second-hand stores. One of my all time favorite things to do is to shop thrift stores for treasures! I have purchased on-line books but do not prefer them. However, I also get ill when I read in a car or plane and may just use that alternative next time! So I guess my answer is "D -all of the above"!
@dismalgrin (2606)
• United States
20 Jun 09
It depends on the book. Sometimes I do buy books new. I usually do this if I know that I will not be able to find it used. I have interests that are very unusual and not many people are going to buy the same types of books as me. So, if I know I can't find it at the thrift stores, rummage sales, used bookstores... I will then buy it new. Sometimes I will even buy a book online, though this is rare because of shipping costs.
@BlueGoblin (1831)
• United States
19 Jun 09
I shop on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. There is no book store within 20 miles of me and that book store doesn't carry the books I like to read. I usually just shop online because it's more convenient than driving an hour and they also have a wider selection of books. Impulse buys are never a good thing when buying books. No use in wasting money to buy a book I'll never read. Right?
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@youless (104228)
• Guangzhou, China
19 Jun 09
Nowadays I hardly buy books from the normal bookstore. Most of the time I will buy books via the net. Amazon is my favorite online bookstore. I have bought various kinds of books from it with nice discounts. Besides, I can read others' reviews to the books. It can give me some ideas to buy it or not. I love China
@lulu1220 (1009)
• United States
19 Jun 09
Yes I love Amazon! Sometimes I will buy through 3rd parties on Amazon when the book will be cheaper. Yes and I love the reviews.
@saundyl (9789)
• Canada
24 Jun 09
I tend to buy my books (if i buy them) at second hand stores, garage sales, library sales. I get them given to me or passed on to me to pass on after I'm done. On occasion I'll buy a book online or from the new bookstore but thats not often as i tend to get most of what i read from the library and return it.
@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
20 Jun 09
I get most of my books through book clubs, lulu. Until recently I belonged to 5 of them, but I am down to 2 as of now. I have started to look into the possibility of buying books online lately. I also belong to a couple of book-oriented sites on the Internet.
@Opal26 (17684)
• United States
20 Jun 09
Hi lulu! It's funny that you are talking about finding books for a $1! I have a great dollar store near where I live. I was shopping in the store a few weeks ago with one of my friends and I saw an aisle where there were hardcover books that were brand new! Some of them had their orignial prices on them and they were expensive! They were all different kinds of books so I stopped and read the jackets! I ended up buying three of them! And then I couldn't stop thinking about the books I had seen so we went back the next day so I could look at them again and I bought three more! I just couldn't resist getting hardcover books for $1 each! I haven't started any of them yet, but I know that I won't be sorry! I just love getting a bargain! And I love to read, so how can I possibly go wrong?
• United States
20 Jun 09
There is a Hastings here, so I go there sometimes and get a few new and used books. I get most of my books from online, as of late. Between searching for older ones that are no longer in print and had a limited distribution, or ones just generally obscure in nature; online has proved to be a best bet. There is not really one place that I go to online, though I have made many purchases via Amazon and Ebay. There is this store in a another town, about an hour away that has a used book store that is fairly decent in size. They have great deals, though some of the selection in my interest has went down over the last few years. Another one in the same town, is part of a spirituality shop, and has a good amount of books, more expensive then the other place, but for the small size of the shop, has had some wonderful finds for me.
• China
20 Jun 09
Hi, lulu. I have many ways of buying books. Where I'd prefer to buy a book depends on what kind of book it is. If a book I need is of great significance to me, I mostly buy it in a new bookstore and keep it. I like reading books, so I'll keep it new and clean all the time. There are also times when I buy a valuable book online because it's more cheaper. If the book is of no value and interest to me but I need it anyway, I buy it in a used bookstore. I don't care that it is a secondhand book. The third case is if I'm interested in a book but have no desire to keep it, I download the audio book and listen to it for fun. After that, I may delete it and forget about it. Well, these are my ways of getting books. Best wishes to you!
@scheng1 (24688)
• Singapore
20 Jun 09
I try not to buy any books. Since shifting into new house, I have cut down on the number of purchased books. During the shifting, I had a hard time deciding which books to keep, and which to throw, couldn't possibly bring all of them to the new home. The new home was smaller than the old house. Since the library is within walking distance from my house, and it is opened seven days a week, till 10 pm on weekday, I do not need to buy any book.
@yejuan (27)
• China
20 Jun 09
I usually buy book online. For example, on Amazon.
@zzyw87 (1259)
• Philippines
20 Jun 09
As for me, I like reading the actual book better. I don't like reading books online or only soft copies of a book. when I like a book, I usually go to a bookstore to buy it. If I think it is too expensive or if there is not any available in the bookstore, then I go to ebay or any online shop to look for the book I want. If I found the book I like, then I buy it online. Sometimes, I also check out used bookstores too. But I usually cannot find anything I like in these bookstores.
@cheenlly (3483)
• Philippines
20 Jun 09
I usually buy my books at the Book Bazaar which is very cheap. The last time i bought a very nice Recipe book that is only worth 35 pesos which is less than a $1. It is new and very informative. There are a lot of good and cheap books that i find very interesting to read in the book bazaar.
@maezee (41187)
• United States
20 Jun 09
I love thrift shopping for that kind of thing. I never buy books full price. I usually go to a place called Half Price Books, or I'll go to the thrift store, borrow it from a friend or the library, or I'll get it from Bookmooch.com - via accumulating credits (you should really check it out!) I would probably only buy a new book if I was really looking forawrd to one coming out; it's almost IMPOSSIBLE to get your hands on a new book at the libraries or discount stores. Unfortunately..I haven't been really excited about any books lately, so I haven't had the need to buy one at full-price.
• United States
20 Jun 09
Believe it or not I buy my books from a local thrift store (Savers). So far i've been lucky, I found all the books I wanted there. As a matter in fact, last week I purchased (5) books for just a $1.50 all still in very good condition.