Are bookstores dying…and did I help kill them? Did you?

 

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It was a sad day in 2011 when Borders went the way of the Dodo. It left a hole in our city that hasn’t been filled. Yes, we have Bay Books and one town over there’s a Half Price Books, but to have that luscious, walk in a bookstore filled with the latest and greatest as well as the tried and true, the remaining choice is Barnes and Noble three towns over. I complain. I lament. I wax nostalgic, but did I myself contribute to the downfall of the bookstore? Uh, er, yes, most likely.

Oh I was happy enough to go browse the bargain sections, and finger through plenty of new releases, but how often did I plunk down the money for a full price book? Um, not often. And how often did I help myself to a discount book through Amazon after reading all those tidy reviews and pressing that easy to find “add to cart” button? Plenty of times. Yes, I must face the facts that often I succumbed to the seduction of the quick fix, lower price Amazon option. Sigh. So when I complain that I miss the Waldenbooks, The Borders, Crown Books, etc, I guess I must take some responsibility for that situation.

To make myself feel better, I’m including a link below with photos of some of the most beautiful bookstores in the world. If only they would come to my city!

Where are your top three places to get books? Giving away a VISA gift card, a signed book and a February surprise.

http://thebookinsider.com/beautiful-bookstores/

17 responses to this post.

  1. My favorite place to get books is the library. I check out books all the time and recommend ones I would like them to get, or ones I’ve read and think others would enjoy. My library also has a “friends of the library” book sale room that I visit quite often. 🙂
    We live outside a very small town so the nearest book store is about 30 minutes from us and it’s a used book store that has a ton of what I call “trashy romances”, but not much Christian fiction. We did have a Hastings up until a couple years ago, but ours never had much of a selection of Christian fiction so I didn’t buy many books there. And the nearest book store other than that is an hour or more away. So I must admit that another favorite place to get books is….. Amazon.
    And my third favorite is yard sales. I couldn’t tell you how many books I’ve gotten by browsing through yard sales! 😉

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  2. Posted by Valri Western on February 10, 2015 at 3:21 am

    As someone mentioned, I live in a small town so it’s a challenge! I go into a larger town on occasion and the only thing that is really available are the “big box” stores like Walmart, Target and Fred Meyer. We have a wonderful used book store called Jan’s Bookstore though and I go there quite often because I like to support small businesses. I love the ladies that work there too and they will order books for you, if you want! They also take my used books in trade so I feel good about sharing my books with others. I do a lot of book reviews for authors too so I receive books from them.

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  3. My favorite places to get books are:

    1) Barnes & Noble – because I enjoy perusing the bookstore and picking up an actual book and reading what it’s about, even thumbing through some pages to see if cursing and explicit sex is pervasive in it so I can avoid it. I usually use gift cards or discount coupons when I shop at B&N.

    2) Second Look Books – my local second-hand bookstore, because I can find authors’ backlist of books that I might have missed, and I can get a book in good condition at a reasonable price. They will order new titles as well, although I don’t typically buy new books from there.

    3) Online – I buy books from different online sources such as Harlequin.com, Amazon, B&N, Thriftbooks, etc. Basically anywhere I can get books at a reasonable price (usually because of a gift card or discount coupon).

    I think the price of new books is pretty steep, and I believe that’s the reason why at least some people, such as myself, have deviated from large chain bookstores. I don’t like the thought of spending a lot of money on a book only to dislike it, or worse, to give up reading it. I have to admit I love receiving free books from giveaways because it exposes me to new authors and I don’t feel so bad if I don’t like the book because I didn’t pay for it. When I DO receive a free book I review it to help a generous author get positive exposure for her new book. I’ve e-met many wonderful authors (such as Dana Mentink), and have read some of my favorite books by this method.

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  4. Posted by Pat Moore on February 9, 2015 at 7:33 pm

    The Book Shelf is my favorite. Its an independently owned used bookstore. For their customers they will order new books. I give them a list of my favorite authors and they order their books as they are released. That way I’m assured of not missing a much anticipated book. Also, if I see a book I would like to read I give them a list with the titles and authors (if they aren’t on my favorites authors’ list). 2. Lifeway Christian Book Store, Christian Family Bookstore & Barnes & Noble bookstores. 3. I also receive books through http://www.bookfun.org and authors for free that I read and leave reviews for.

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  5. Posted by Evelyn Stackhouse on February 9, 2015 at 5:02 pm

    We have a great library but no book store which I would love to have. I’m sure I am part of the problem with book stores because with my ipad I almost always just read them on it. Love to read in any form and would like to try audio books but haven’t gotten around to that yet.

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  6. Living is a small town is a challenge, when it comes to buying books. Two independent bookstores that were here 30 years ago finally closed up. No, make that 3 including the Christian book store. That leaves supermarkets, Walmart and the public library. I devour library books. When we travel to the nearest city of any size, which is 2 hours away, we always stop at Barnes and Nobel.

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  7. Posted by Suzan Michet on February 9, 2015 at 4:13 pm

    1. The Library – Like Karen, I have made suggestions to purchase and seen some of them come through.

    2. Friends/Co-workers – Nice because you usually get a review along with the book !

    3. Chapters – both on line (when I know what I want, or want to send a gift across the country), and in the store (when I need to browse).

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  8. Posted by Samantha B on February 9, 2015 at 3:19 pm

    Those are amazing bookstores! 😀
    My three favorites places to get books are:

    #1 – Giveaways… I know it’s not an actual place, but I do get a lot of books that way 😉
    #2 – Amazon… Once again the Internet wins
    #3 – Indigo (Chapters) bookstore … I would get a lot more books in bookstores, but where I live there aren’t so many English books in bookstores (they are mostly in French) and well Christian friction isn’t that popular either. The only bookstore that holds many English books and some Christian books is Indigo. Unfortunately, last time I went they didn’t have any of the books on my list 😦 So I ended up buying them from Amazon…

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    • Unfortunately, Christian fiction isn’t popular in California either, Samantha. 😦

      Dana Mentink award winning fiction author http://www.danamentink.com

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      • Posted by Samantha B on February 9, 2015 at 3:51 pm

        That’s too bad too -_- I wish those books were easier to find.
        Indigo sells most of the LI books though so that’s good. But they only keep them about 2 months. So I have to get there fast to grab a copy otherwise, I have to order it from the Internet.
        They also have a Christian section, which is great. They mostly have non-fiction, but they do have some fiction. I just wish there would be more…

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  9. My favorite place to get a book is the library! They’ve often bought a book on my recommendation, so I’m helping the paper book industry, if not the bookstores.
    Next is–book fairs! Third, Amazon(sigh).

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