Where Do You Buy Your Books?

In the interest of complete nosyness and curiosity, I am wondering where you purchase your books. I don’t need to know the intricacies of why or what factors influence your purchasing, or how vertical marketing has created a bilateral economic fracture in the foundation of your liquidity. I just wanna know where you drop your dough when you’re buying your books. It’s a really easy survey: I have one biiiig list, and then a box where you tell me what I missed.

Come on down and take my one giant question survey!

Thank you in advance for your time! Of course I will share my results.

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  1. 1
    Kim says:

    Steal from the library?  Blasphemy for any booklover!

    I prefer printed books that I can read the inside cover (and gawk at the outside cover) from a bookstore.  And I now swear by audio books after driving I-95 from Baltimore – Daytona in summer heat with three screeching cats.  Stephanie Plum had me laughing so much that I took out a few construction cones!

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    Laura (in PA) says:

    So you don’t want to know where we get them for free? like PaperbackSwap (well, free except for postage) or doing a lot of trading back and forth?

    And damn, I forgot to add iTunes under “other” – for audiobooks.

  3. 3
    Carolyn says:

    I added Paperbackswap; many of my books come from there.  You can buy credits if you’ve used what you’ve earned, so I consider it a purchase.  Great for backlists.  :-)

    Our town has no bookstores of any description (WalMart doesn’t count!), so thank God for the internet.

  4. 4
    liz m says:

    If the question was where do I shop for books my answers would be different. Since I went digital, I find I still browse print, then just order the digital later. Or not, if it’s on my boycott for price / window list. Like hey, that Janet Mullany book in the ad to my right here – That’s two books of hers I’d buy if it were digital. But they aren’t.

  5. 5
    Terry Odell says:

    Thanks for the uplifting message after clicking “submit.”  I needed someone to tell me I’m awesome today!  But in the pre-coffee hour, I can’t remember if you wanted only romances. If others count, I should have added Book Clubs like The Mystery Guild, which is where I do a lot of shopping. And they do have romantic suspense, so I guess they should be on the list. Only right now I wish I hadn’t done so much shopping there, because we’re moving and it’s costing one ginormous fortune to ship all those books.  More reason to buy more digital.

  6. 6

    @Sarah, I just wanted to check that the “stealing” options are just harmless snark shorthand for “I swap with friends / check stuff out of the library.” I’m afraid to hit the box then have SWAT guys come repelling off my roof and through my window to apprehend me for bibliotheft. Unless they’re hunky SWAT guys with big biceps, stern attitudes, and hearts of gold.

  7. 7
    Diatryma says:

    I’m another asking for clarification on the library.  Almost everything I read comes from there—I am only recently not broke.  I also don’t buy a lot of romances period (like, one or two books that aren’t Patricia Briggs) so should I answer in terms of all books?

  8. 8
    rigmarole says:

    I have an aunt who was a librarian and my cousin told me once that her mom stole all their books from work. Yeah, practically every book in their house was the property of the [name of one of the top ten largest cities in the US goes here] Library. When she was a kid, my cousin thought that it was normal for people to take library books home and just keep them. And it’s not like they were hurting for money, by any means. What is it with rich people, anyway? The woman is now retired, thank God.

  9. 9
    SB Sarah says:

    The “I steal from the library” was a joke. I confess: I did it. I stole a book from the library. I expect any minute now the Squirrel Hill branch librarians of the Pittsburgh Public Library are going to find me and set me on fire.

    And I KNEW I’D FORGET SOMETHING OBVIOUS. Paperbackswap! GAH. Thank you.

    And thank you for taking my big ol’ nosy survey.

  10. 10
    ocelott says:

    I started off the day with someone telling me I’m awesome.  I’m all good.

    I basically filled out the “Other” box a lot, since I’m Canadian and our stores aren’t on your list.

  11. 11
    Lyssa says:

    New releases that are not availble in audio, chain stores (B and N, Books-a-million) locally unless I have a large order, then Amazon.

    Old releases UBS for the initial hunt, then chain.

    But most of mine are Audio, from Audible.com preferably (I like their formatting)

    spamword=reason28 I have at least 28 reasons why I need more books…

  12. 12
    SB Sarah says:

    I basically filled out the “Other” box a lot, since I’m Canadian and our stores aren’t on your list.

    This is really going to hurt my chances for honorary Canadian citizenship, right? Crap. I’m sorry.

  13. 13
    Caroline says:

    Nope, this Canadian still thinks you gals are awesome. You can come be an honorary Canadian up here anytime!

    Just bring lots of books to share….

  14. 14
    SB Sarah says:

    I always figured that while we sneak the Cuban cigars and cough syrup with narcotics back into the US, you go on covert buying trips to load up on books and bring them back over the border.

  15. 15
    Melissa says:

    Sarah,

    You were lucky to grow up in Pittsburgh (library-wise)! Carnegie Library is all kinds of awesome. The first time I walked into the main library in Oakland I was shocked and awed by the cafe, TVs and rolling info tickers. Wow. Plus with being able to order from the entire county of libraries to your local branch, almost every romance book is available. My little hometown central PA library was tiny in comparison but had a huge romance section, which I think I read in it’s entirety by the time I graduated high school. I wish we would have had self check out then so the little old ladies wouldn’t have had to see all the man-titty I was reading at age 13.

    Did you keep the book or give it back?

  16. 16
    HeatherK says:

    Fleamarkets, Goodwill, Abilities Unlimited, Hastings & The Dollar Tree. All great places to find books at great prices, especially since Hastings sells both new & used as well as music, movies, and video games.

  17. 17
    PetiteJ says:

    This post is so timely because I have a problem.  I have a serious problem that I hope many other readers here endure. 

    I am not only addicted to romances, which is a given at this site, but I’m also obsessed with trilogies, quartets, series, etc.  If I read one book that I really enjoy and then find out there are other related books, watch out!  I have to immediately read all the other books in the series.  Like now.  And collect them all, line them up in order, maniacally laugh over my bounty.  It’s a sickness, I know.

    I just jumped into the middle of the Carsington brothers series by Loretta Chase with Mr. Impossible, the Wallflowers series by Lisa Kleypas with It Happened One Autumn, and the Pleasures series by Eloisa James with Enchanting Pleasures all in one weekend.  Hey, I had Monday off and the Olympics didn’t start until 2. 

    So now I am frantically buying all the rest of the books through eBay.  It seems like the cheapest and quickest way to get my hands on them.  I can’t quite pay full price since it’s so many books but I dislike going to a used book store because of the likelihood for disappointment.  I got the books at the library but now that I know I like them I must own them.  Like the hero, you are mine.  I’m now considering a Kindle, or similar product, more seriously if only for the ease and quickness of satiating my desire to finish the series.

    But this Paperbackswap sounds intriguing.

  18. 18
    Jane O says:

    I rarely buy books, and do almost all my reading courtesy the library — it’s free and that matters. However, I do frequently ask my library to buy particular books, and they almost always do. Does secondhand buying count?

  19. 19

    I hit several of the options on the survey, but filled in “Powells” in the comment box just because Powells is ginormous enough to stand out from the indie bookstore crowd all by itself, I think. :)

  20. 20
    Deb says:

    Count me in the library gang (not the “stealing books” part, just the “checking out books regularly from” part).  Romance paperbacks (along with Science Fiction and Western paperbacks) are taken and returned on the honors system.  You can take a big bagful and return them when you’re done.  Very nice…and most people seem to live up to their obligations based on how the paperback shelves are always groaning with stock.  I find it’s a great way to find new (to me) writers or to read books that everyone is always talking about (like the early Loretta Chase books) that I can never find elsewhere.

    I could also spend all day (if I had the time!) going through the books at our local Goodwill.  It’s amazing what people donate!

  21. 21
    Betsy says:

    I shop at independent bookstores when I can, but when I do shop online it’s usually at Better World Books.  Every order gets free shipping, they donate to pro-literacy groups, and sometimes I get free tea or chocolate with my order.  It rules.

  22. 22
    Stacia K says:

    I don’t think Book Depository is on the list? I’ve never bought from them but I know quite a few international readers who have/do.

  23. 23
    SylviaSybil says:

    You missed Hastings.  But don’t feel bad, because they suck as a bookstore.  They put all their energy into renting videos.  I still buy from them because they are five minutes from my house and Barnes & Noble is twenty five/thirty minutes away.

  24. 24
    Kat Sheridan says:

    I clicked Amazon, even though it’s often the marketplace (used/third party) I buy from. I also added mobipocket (my favorite e-format), and audible.com.

  25. 25
    Katherine says:

    I buy a lot of books overall, but most of my romances I get at the library. I occasionally buy some at the used bookstore (or library booksale) and very rarely buy them new (if I read something at the library that I want to actually own & read multiple times). I confess, most romance does not meet my “keeper shelf” standards, but I do have a few there (mostly Heyer).

  26. 26
    Miranda says:

    I appreciate the platitude upon completion of the link survey, BUT the reference to my awesomeness forces me to to respond with a well used quote from my husband—where he would nod and grin while proclaiming, “MR>. Awesome!”

    And with a more on topic comment I must say that a majority of my books are won, with second place going to the local salvation army (who would have thought they had books?!)

  27. 27
    Scorpio M. says:

    1. Borders or Amazon for new books, whichever is cheaper.
    2. Paperbackswap – been living off this site since 2005.

    I used to go to the local library for my romances but selection got too iffy and returning on time was a big pain.

  28. 28
    Cyranetta says:

    I remembered another source after I finished the survey:

    Dealer rooms at cons—sure, some of the dealers are bookstore owners,  but not all.

  29. 29
    Lexie says:

    “I steal from other people’s houses, but I leave the DVD player…” I wanna kno: have you been spying on me??? My girlfriend and I trade books back and forth all the time, but since we live on opposite sides of the county, the books only make it back to their rightful homes on rare occasions. I have the whole ‘Twilight’ series (yes, I read it on a dare and I immediately did a banishing ritual when I was done) and it’s not mine, but there they are, and to anyone’s untrained eye, mine, for all intents and purposes. Oy and gevalt, both.

    Cara McKenna said on…
    02.16.10 at 04:41 AM
    @Sarah, I just wanted to check that the “stealing” options are just harmless snark shorthand for “I swap with friends / check stuff out of the library.” I’m afraid to hit the box then have SWAT guys come repelling off my roof and through my window to apprehend me for bibliotheft. Unless they’re hunky SWAT guys with big biceps, stern attitudes, and hearts of gold.

    Ma’am I couldn’t agree more. I even have a list prepped of whom they should be (I work for them, I admit).

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    MarieC says:

    I added Paperbackswap; many of my books come from there.  You can buy credits if you’ve used what you’ve earned, so I consider it a purchase.  Great for backlists.  :-)

    Darn!  I knew I forgot to add this to my list!! Great way to save some $$$!!!

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