Where Do You Buy Your Books?
Where do you buy your books?
It’s a topic that’s extremely important to some people, and other people could care less. I fall somewhere in the middle.
The book-selling world as we know it is now broken down into three sections: Amazon, the chain store (Is Barnes & Noble the only one left?), and the independent bookstore.
I understand the importance of buying from local businesses, like independent bookstores. When it comes to dining out, my wife and I rarely eat at a chain restaurant. We much prefer local businesses.
But if I’m honest with you, I haven’t carried that passion into my book buying. I purchase most of my books, new and used, from Amazon, just out of convenience.
Since I work full-time, have a family, and work on my blog at night, it’s just easier to order the books and have them waiting on me when I get home. Maybe that’s a lame excuse, but as it’s been horribly said…it is what it is.
When possible, I’ll grab a few books from an independent bookseller. Ann Patchett recently opened a bookstore here in Nashville called Parnassus, so that’s an option for me on that front.
But that’s less frequent than I would like. I rarely buy books from any larger chain stores, even though I work half a mile from one.
There’s something to be said for the local bookstore. No one in the corporate office is telling them what books they should be promoting that week, in other words–what books you need to buy. Serendipity is much more likely in a local bookstore, I think, and that’s why I need to do a better job of shopping there.
So that’s my experience. Where do you stand?
Do you care about local bookstores versus national chains? Or that Amazon is basically taking over the book-buying world with its online and e-reader presence?
Where do you buy your books and why?