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Old 09-27-2016, 03:16 PM
 
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Mostly the Strand bookstore.

And I'm very discouraged to see so many of you buying from Amazon, considering both their attacks on the publishing industry and their poor record of how they treat their employees.
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Old 09-27-2016, 03:24 PM
 
Location: Cochise County, AZ
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Whenever I have funds to purchase books, I check what Better World Books has in stock. BWB donates to literacy!
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Old 09-27-2016, 03:26 PM
 
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I love Half Price Books. I also frequent our local library's second hand book store. They have a lot of new releases for a buck or two, which is wonderful. Once the book has a certain amount of circulation-wear and tear, they sell it.
I also find a lot of books at our local thrift shops.
When I think of all the money I used to spend at Barnes and Noble, I could kick myself square in my own rump.
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Old 09-27-2016, 05:14 PM
 
Location: Blue Ridge Mountains
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Thrift stores, Amazon (used) and I enjoy going to the library
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Old 09-27-2016, 05:30 PM
 
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Depends.

1. If I need it right away and it's the middle of the week, Amazon.com.
2. If I'm just looking for something interesting to read and don't know exactly what, the bookstore.
3. Our local library has a Friends of the Library chapter that has a bodacious book sale every President's Day weekend. I typically can pick up six months' worth of stuff there for ten bucks.
4. I go to the library occasionally. But I'm the kind of guy who keeps 3-4 books going at once, depending on my mood. So I always hate having the due date hanging over my head. Plus if I really love a book, I don't want to give it back.
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Old 09-27-2016, 05:32 PM
 
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Mostly the Strand bookstore.

And I'm very discouraged to see so many of you buying from Amazon, considering both their attacks on the publishing industry and their poor record of how they treat their employees.
I understand your point, and it's a good one. To me, however, the bookstores really need to step up their game in terms of delivering value, either in expertise or in experience. Otherwise, all they're doing is selling a commodity and losing badly.
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Old 09-27-2016, 05:42 PM
 
Location: Austin
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Another vote for Abe Books. Love the convenience and the prices.
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Old 09-29-2016, 10:54 AM
 
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I've bought thousands of books over the last fifty years, mostly used, and oddly enough, they (used) seem to be the best books I've read. Just a couple of examples, a book on the Guggenheim family, a rare look into the lives of an American dynasty, the book, A Planet of Slums by Mike Davis on the migration of poverty from rural to urban, around the world. I live close to Portland Oregon and frequent the Powells book store downtown, a real holdout in the used book realm. Seattle Public Library used book sale is also a genuine gold mine of great reading for little money. The price of new books has risen to levels that would make it impossible to read as much as I'd like..
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Old 09-30-2016, 11:41 AM
 
Location: Middle of the valley
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Library!! I don't want books all over the house, I'm downsizing!
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Old 10-07-2016, 11:26 AM
 
Location: New Jersey
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Either Barnes & Noble online or IOS (iphone/ipad). B&N always has the $2.99 & under list which I like to buy from. I've even managed to find free books. I've been buying more from IOS since my husband & I can share books that way.
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