Do you still go to bookstores?

United States
August 31, 2011 1:51pm CST
There are many bookstores suffer financial problems. Borders announced bankrupcy a few months ago and it is almost out of business. The whole book publishing is hurting because of ebooks. Fewer people go to bookstores. More and more people migrate to ebooks. Do you still go to the bookstores. Or are you one of those consumers who just read off an ereader?
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@cher913 (25844)
• Canada
31 Aug 11
i still like to go to the bookstore to look at the craft books and then see if my local library has them! i also like to look at magazines and sometimes i even buy them!
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• Australia
5 Sep 11
I used to buy magazines like PC related ones but not so much anymore. Craft books seem interesting.
• United States
1 Sep 11
While I enjoy my Kindle and read books on it often, to me there is nothing like holding an actual book in my hands. I have always liked books and I don't see that ending anytime soon. I still go to bookstores, I like to browse the aisle and see what catches my attention. I often go into a bookstore with no intention of buying a book, but almost always I end up with one. I will also say that books, actual hold in your hands books, are in my opinion better for small kids. The colors and pictures add something to the experiance for smaller kids. I know my son likes to hold a book, turn it upside down, flip the pages, etc., all of this is part of why he enjoys reading (or actually being read to since he's only 3). I will problably always go to a bookstore, I may not buy all my books there but I will always enjoy going.
• United States
1 Sep 11
I still go shopping at bookstores! I especially like neighborhood used bookstores. I am not at all interested in eBooks nor eReaders. I love the print publications and hope they never disappear. Of course, in my lifetime, since I am old, I doubt that will happen.
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@mentalward (14693)
• United States
1 Sep 11
I love books and will never switch over to an ereader. I like holding the books in my hands while I read them. I love the smell of old books. There is something romantic about them that an ereader will never be able to duplicate. So many people are missing out on the romantic aspect of reading an actual book. I also believe that constantly staring at computer screens, phone screens and ereaders is more causing more eye problems than reading actual books could ever do. At the very least, staring at electronic screens all day causes eye strain and that's a fact. Nope, I'll take a hard-backed (or even a paperback) book to hold in my hands while I curl up in my favorite chair and get lost in the story over any electronic gadget every time.
• Greece
1 Sep 11
i dont use bookstores nowadays. i mainly download books that are of interest from the internet or online book stores. i think this is the future of book. to get out of its natural material and become online content.
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@adhyz82 (36255)
• Indonesia
31 Aug 11
yes...i still use bookstores and library as my gate for getting many information.. ebook is available in every world, but not many ebook in our language..and it`s one the problem..
@RDotson (51)
• United States
31 Aug 11
I do still enjoy going yo bookstores due to the fact it is a place for me to get away and relax. I can not say that I have purchased anything for a bookstore in a long while due to the their being such a great assortment of books on Amazon or other online bookstores. The only bad thing about the local bookstores is that they used to have great places where you could sit and read and now they have removed all their chairs. I guess they are forcing individuals to either purchase or not come in their stores.
• United States
31 Aug 11
I have always been an avid reader and collector of books so the book stores have always been one of my favorite places to visit. I do admit to owning an ereader as well but that doesn't mean that I still don't love to own the actual book itself. I think there are advantages to having both. I love sitting with my children late at night and flipping through the pages of their favorite story books, or curling up in bed with the newest P.C Cast novel, but I also love the idea of having all my books in one place for on the go travel. For instance, when I'm camping or taking long road trips. I too hope that book stores have not seen their last days. As an author myself who hopes to one day see her own work on the shelves, it would sadden me greatly.
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• Philippines
1 Sep 11
Ebooks should take over because it is cost efficient and it will save a lot of trees. We need to preserve out environment and ebooks is one way of doing it! So please read ebooks!
• Philippines
3 Sep 11
Though ebooks are cost-efficient, not everyone could afford ipads. There would be an industry of ipad rip offs if what you said were to happen. But me, I still go to book stores, I still prefer paper books over ebooks. I still love the feel of the paper on my thumb as I turn pages.
• Philippines
12 May 12
I still go to bookstores, because I like to support the authors I love by buying the copies of their written works. However, I'm still one of the eReaders, bookstore don't always have the books I wanted so I resort to downloading them if they were available online but once they're available nearby, I buy the hard copy too. Paperback have more sentimental value to me than ebooks anyway, the experience is a little different when reading from paper and reading in gadgets.
• Philippines
12 May 12
Yes i still go to bookstores. actually at school when i have vacant hours, i would still hang out inside the bookstore and just read. i also always stay in bookstores and bookshops when i'm at the mall. it's my favorite place in the mall (and at the school too).
@shivanisd (388)
• India
5 Sep 11
i havent gone to one since 2009. i like ebooks, but nothing can beat a real book.
@akp100 (13559)
• India
5 Sep 11
Hi I don't know about others but I am really not much with ebook reading. I never found my self comfortable in ebook reading. Instead of that I would like to read the books directly. That's the different thing that I am not used to much reading. But still I would prefer the reading books directly instead of ebooks. So if I have to read something surely I visits the bookstore.
@tong_jd (29)
• Philippines
5 Sep 11
Yes, and I enjoy it. For some reasons, I find peace inside a bookstore, in the company of books. While e-books are convenient, it is nothing compared to the joys when reading a real book.
• United States
4 Sep 11
There are very few bookstores open anymore in my area! but there is this neat little used book store that buys back read books that are in good condition, I try to go there to give them business & because its a neat little place! I've used my friend's kindle, it wasn't the same as a book. maybe I'm just weird! ;]
@bellis716 (4802)
• United States
4 Sep 11
I rarely go to a bookstore, although I still read books. I get my books through a book club, from a thrift shop, a used book store, or a garage sale.
@millertime (1396)
• United States
3 Sep 11
I still enjoy going to bookstores and just browsing through the books. I always find something to buy. I hope they all don't go out of business. I prefer real books to ebooks and even though I can buy them online, I still like to spend time in the bookstore.
• Philippines
3 Sep 11
no! i prefer to download it through INTERNET have you known bout Men are from Mars and Women are from Venus.. its on the second edition and i don't have money to buy for it because its too expensive. So what i did was search it and then upload it in my computer so at least i save up my money
2 Sep 11
I cant say I am a fan of Ebooks. Sure it can be handy to quickly look something up but there is just something missing from having the book right there and the feel of it in your hand. I cant imagine relaxing before going to sleep reading on a screen, and I feel it just wouldnt be as comfortable on the eyes. Also I cant imagine reading on an ebook lying in a bath. I usually go into bookstores if I have some spare time and have a wee browse, its nice to be able to flick through. I prefer to buy a book here and there much more than Id ever bother with an ereader, and I think its a shame everything is becoming digital. Is it really that much hassle to have the actual book, and if im going somewhere I dont think I need 293048234 books with me, do i?
• United States
1 Sep 11
It's such a shame about the entire Borders liquidation situation. A Waldenbooks right down the street from my husband and I is going out because of the whole thing, and I have some of my best childhood memories there. The next closest bookstore was an actual Borders, and that's been gone for some time now. I now have no bookstores to go to within a thirty minute drive...and I'm a person who doesn't like to drive more than ten minutes away. However, reading has always been an entire experience for me...the stories, the smell of the paper, the ability to admire the cover artwork and the specific book print. For this reason, I will never support the e-reading industry...ebooks, e-readers, all of it. The first poster said the e-reading industry will take over, and I whole-heartedly disagree. There are too many people such as myself who truly believe in the entire experience of a book (my husband, mother, and both grandparents are four people who feel as strongly as I do about it, and that's just off the top of my head). Let's say the e-reading industry does take over completely...I'll stop buying books altogether until I can find a private publishing industry that takes over, OR I'll start one myself. I've had no problems with starting businesses in the past, and I'm positive this would have a market. For now, I've been buying print books off of Amazon.com until I can find a bookstore that is at least partially local. I buy nothing online except for books, since I have to now.