I’ve been jonesing for going to the bookstore for the last week or so and have resisted because of a lack of fundage. But was curious what the folks reading this blog do to curb their appetite for books, at least those who have a bibliophilic nature like myself. 🙂
I tend towards Barnes & Noble. Yes, it’s a big chain store I know. But I can browse its shelves in the science fiction or fantasy area for a while, then bounce to the magazine rack, and if I have time hit the history, eastern philosophy, or writing books sections. And if I have my girls with me or am searching for something for them, I almost always have to visit the kids’ book section too.
Though I like Amazon, it’s not the same thing. I like to browse. I like to pick up a book, check out the cover flaps, maybe look at a few pages… But I know a lot of people who simply shop online these days. Now, I’m guilty of that too. If there’s a book I *KNOW* I want, I’ll sometimes just go and order it. But for the most part, I either pick up my books (hardbacks typically) at B&N or order them via the Science Fiction Book Club, which is another of my Achilles heels.
Yes, I like SFBC… I get the mailer and eagerly tear through it every month. I may not buy anything, but it at least gives me ideas. And I probably will actually order something about once a quarter from them. They have good prices and I enjoy 90% of what I order based on the blurb in their mailer.
But B&N is my main source for books.
My mother would prefer I went to the library and just checked them out. “Do you have to buy them?” she’s asked on a number of occasions. And always I have to say “yes”. It’s in my nature. Inherited through my father and my grandmother (his mom), both big book people.
What do you think? Where do you get most of your books? Do you like to browse or simply jump in and order online? Let me know!