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Old 07-06-2009, 10:38 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
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Hi everyone,
For those of you who have been to Joseph-Beth Bookstore at the SouthSide Works,,, how was it? Just wanting to know your general impressions of the store, especially comparing it to Borders Books, etc. Did you find what you need, were the employees friendly, etc?
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Old 07-07-2009, 12:33 AM
 
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Hi everyone,
For those of you who have been to Joseph-Beth Bookstore at the SouthSide Works,,, how was it? Just wanting to know your general impressions of the store, especially comparing it to Borders Books, etc. Did you find what you need, were the employees friendly, etc?
A few years back a friend of mine, Cara Black, did a signing there, and she loved it. They treated her well, had books in stock of the new one and her older ones in paperback. The signed was well recieved by the area. I think it was an appearance with other writers, too -- around the time of the Oakmont Mystery Festival. Or some mystery thing in Bethesda, MD.

How they treat the authors is indicative of how they treat clients, in my opinion. I've been to a few of her signings where they didn't have the stock out -- or worse, didn't have the stock at all, and they acted like it was a major hassle to have her there.

Amazingly enough -- these places don't exist anymore -- and one of them was a Barnes and Noble.
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Old 07-07-2009, 06:46 AM
 
Location: Yeah
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Hi everyone,
For those of you who have been to Joseph-Beth Bookstore at the SouthSide Works,,, how was it? Just wanting to know your general impressions of the store, especially comparing it to Borders Books, etc. Did you find what you need, were the employees friendly, etc?
We enjoy going there. The people are always friendly. I like going there because there are a lot of magazine title that I can't find anywhere else.
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Old 07-07-2009, 07:01 AM
 
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It's pretty overpriced. I'll stick to the combination of Amazon, Half Price Books and the library. Didn't seem like a very good selection either, aside from magazines.
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Old 07-07-2009, 07:16 AM
 
Location: Western PA
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I thought they had a great selection of titles, a great magazine selection, and some more obscure titles and authors that the big chanins don't always carry.
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Old 07-07-2009, 07:45 AM
 
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I live in Ohio, but go to Pittsburgh every chance I get. Typically Joseph-Beth is a stop I make while in Southside Works. I have always really liked the store - I think JB is way better than Borders or Barnes&Noble.
The workers are always friendly and I love the vast array of stuff that JB offers.
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Old 07-07-2009, 10:58 AM
 
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It's pretty overpriced. I'll stick to the combination of Amazon, Half Price Books and the library. Didn't seem like a very good selection either, aside from magazines.
I LOVE the Half Price Book store! Another alternative, if you're looking for a good price and don't mind mail order, EdwardRHamilton.com. They usually don't have new releases but they do have a huge selection and the prices are super cheap as well as shipping!

Sorry, I've never been to Joseph-Beth so I can't comment on that. I walked past it for the first time the other day and it looked like a high-brow B&N to me.
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