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    Cyburbian dandy_warhol's avatar
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    Where do you get your books?

    do you purchase your own books? have someone purchase them for you? borrow them from the library? get them from/lend them to friends?
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    Friends lend them to me, ZG has purchased cookbooks off Amazon for me, and I purchase at Books-a-Million.

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    library for the most part.

    When I do buy them, I go to the used book store a few blocks from work.

    We always check with friends to see what they have and routinely swap books back & forth among friends and family.

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    I get 99% of my books from the library, but ones I've just gotta have, like cookbooks or novels by favorite authors, I buy at Books A Million or online from Amazon.

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    visit your favorite CBD in realtime...

    we have 2 locally owned bookstores on the island so I only buy from them - if they don't have it, they order it for me - I'd rather give them my business!

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    II patronize a couple of science fiction bookstores in Berkeley and now, the Mission District in San Francisco. I also like Diesel Books in Oakland.

    I like architecture books, and I tend to buy those at William Stout Books in San Francisco or Builders' Booksource in Berkeley.

    I like to SEE a book for real before I buy it, so I never buy online.

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    At school i have a bad habit of charging whatever book on the "Best Sellers" wall looks interesting to my student acount once or twice a week, only occasionally getting things out of the library. I like to keep books on my shelf like trophys. At home I go to Borders (gotta keep in number one non-downtown borders in the world) and occasionally a Barnes and Nobles

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    Powells.com; or the actual Powells store if I'm in Portland.

    Amazon gets a lot of their books from Powells anyway and its independant.

    Or the local used book store for obsurities from another century.

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    I often borrow books from the library, but not as often as I should. Books are one of my greatest sinful indulgences and storage space has become a serious problem in my house as a result. It doesn't help that Mrs. Maister suffers from the same affliction and now we find ourselves beginning to buy Junior lots of toddler books too. That said, we economize as much as possible and seldom buy new books from Barnes & Nobles, Amazon or their ilk. Typically we buy our books from either the several used book stores in town or at library sales (local libraries are always unloading older books and I can't recall ever paying more than $2 for a hard-bound book at one of their sales)
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    For reading a few independent books stores (sci -fi specialty shop, comic book stores, design specific store)

    Collecting - use ebay

    if anyone ever hears about a signed copy of heinlein's door into sumer let me know, that is my holy grail of books.
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    All of the above. I have made several orders from Amazon.com, I rent several from the library, borrow them from friends, and I am pondering joining a rental club at a local audio book store. (Like netflix but with audio books)
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    Libraries are where I most get books to use.

    I also look at books (and especially magazines) at Chapters and Indigo's.

    Only a few times have I ordered books from amazon.ca.

    What's this "Books A Million" that some of you speak of?

    And, does anyone have any experience with abebooks.com?

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    Percentage wise the majority of my books come from estate sales/garage sales/rummage sales. The prices at these sales generally are so cheap that I'll buy anything that looks interesting. I've found some great books that I would have never thought to go out and specifically look for at a book store or online. Online shopping is great if you know what you want but in terms of browsing nothing beats the pleasure of finding a book you never knew existed mixed in with the typical fare found in the average American library.

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    I'm always buying my daughter books. She's not even 2 yet, but she loves to read and look at books. It is her favorite thing to do. I get them from Walmart, or even random grocery stores most of the time. We do go to the library religiously every three weeks to get her a new batch, so she doesn't get bored (or maybe more so I don't get bored reading the same ones to her again and again). If I have something in particular in mind that I want to read about, I'll get books for myself from the library too, from time to time.

    My husband and I buy a lot of books for ourselves off of amazon, but we occassionally go to Border's too. A family trip to Border's is our idea of friday night entertainment lately.

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    Depends on the book. Being a college student, I go to the school's highway robbery bookstore, collect the ISBN's and then search them out on bestbookbuys.com. Also asked for the extra copy of textbooks professors tend to have. Most usally gave them to me and I would pass it off to someone who was in the poorhouse like me.

    For non-school books usually Barnes & Noble, which is our favorite "free" excursion out and about for my daughter and me. I tend to buy either what is on sale or on clearance and use my membership discount card too.

    Bestsellers are cheaply bought at Costco or Sam's, they aren't bad for kids' books either.

    Being from Portland, I almost always shopped at Powell's flagship store dowtown because they sold both new & used books and I could sell back books that I had purchased and read but did not like enough to keep. I shopped at their westside store occasionally, but it didn't have the same lived in feel or smell of the downtown store.

    Another neat used book store was one a friend took me to in Philadelphia which is across from the Eastern State Penitentiary. I think it's called the Bookhave. Small, cramped, books stacked everywhere, the proper dusty/musty smell, the resident cat, and the excellent proprietors who know where EVERYTHING is.

    I swap with friends occassionally, but most of my friends don't live in SC.
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    Books for me: library (not as much as I should), the local Half Priced Books, and if I still can't find it, Amazon.

    Books-a-Million at the local outlet mall is okay, but I have a hard time finding stuff there - I don't understand their filing system. And they are always short-staffed, so it takes forever to get any customer assistance.

    Books for others: usually Amazon.
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    Today, I picked up 6 books for under $20 at the tent sale on base. I haven't done that in a while. They show up a couple of times a year or something like that. Truly rock bottom prices, but probably all out of date books. Still, they are "new" to me.

    Other places I have bought books in recent months: Waldens, Barnes and Nobles, Books-a-million.

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    I like going to Barnes and Noble, there are often great deals on the tables, I don't do a lot of shopping, so B & N is a way for me to spend some money shopping and get some books. I have ordered books on Amazon, and occasionally go into a cool used bookstore a block from my home. I often have to haggle with the used bookstore owner, which makes the experience even more enjoyable. I walk by the used bookstore often and he has best sellers and famous authors all in his big storefront windows.

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    Rarely from any place other than Half Price Books. I don't feel compelled to read 1st edition books any more than I do 1st run movies. My wife also shares the printed word addiction.

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    I rarely buy full priced hard cover books. If I can't find a book I want discounted or in a used book store I at least wait for the paperback edition to come out.

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    Library for the most part, I used to have a constant stream, but I have slacked off from reading recently.

    My other lending source is my mother-in-law who shares my tastes in books. I still have five of hers that need to be returned.

    Purchasing books is normally only for authors that I collect, or books that I have read once and want to read again. Primarily from Barnes and Noble, occasionally from amazon.com

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    usually half.com because it's an older book i am looking for. if it's really new, then Borders.
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    RJ just accused me this weekend of holding stock in Amazon. Well, they're sooo convenient! And I do Amazon prime, so free shipping. Over the course of a year, it really pays off. Tonight I ordered two new cookbooks; I love cookbooks! Sure wish I could afford all the novels I'd love to own, but I can't.

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    I LOVE the library since I don't have much cash for a book budget right now. I usually just wait around until the holidays when I generally get a Borders gift card or two from the family.

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    I wanted a certain book for the spouse. On Amazon, delivery could be as quick as 3 days. Being a "shop local" person, I ordered it from the local store. They said it would be in within 10 days. Four weeks later, it finally arrived. I am starting to lose my "shop local" position.

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