Discussion Time: How I shop for books

Happy Wednesday bookworms, I realized that I hadn’t done a discussion post in forever, so I thought it was high time to remedy that! Today I wanted to talk to you about how I shop for books. So after talking with some friends about how they shop for books, I realized that there is actually a lot of division in people’s approaches. So let’s dive in to the three major categories I have come across.

1. Online Shopping

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So with Amazon and other online bookshops such as Book Depository a lot of book shoppers are turning to the internet to fill their book shelves. Personally I only online book shop if I am waiting for a particular book to come out and I want to get it as soon as possible. For me, Amazon and the rest are a little too impersonal, I like to pick up the books, and flip through the pages before buying them (do I sound like a complete weirdo?). I will admit that there are some benefits to the online world. For one, you will always find the books you are looking for, there is no chance of it being sold out or not available, and it is pretty pain free to have it delivered directly to your door.

2. Bookstores with a Mission

This is the type of shopping where you have a pre-determined list of books, you get in to the store and make a b-line to the shelf you need, get your books and get out. I will say I have been guilty of this many times. I always have a running list of books that I need in my head so sometimes when I am in a rush, all I have time for is a get-in get-out shopping trip.

3. The Browsers

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Finally, we have come to my preferred way of book shopping. It is definitely the most time consuming but in my opinion it is also the most fun! So this is when you go into the store with a rough idea of some books you want, but mostly you browse the books on the shelves. I like to pick them up, look a the fun covers and discover new books I never would have found otherwise.

 

What about you guys? I want to hear all about your book shopping tricks in the comments!


12 thoughts on “Discussion Time: How I shop for books

  1. When I buy a book I first tend to go to Audible as I like a well narrated story. If the book isn’t available in that format then I go to Amazon. Sometimes I will to use E-bay.
    While I would like to go to a proper book shop, my nearest is in the nearest city centre and I have to use an electric scooter to get around and dislike crowded places, so that is pretty unpleasant for me. There is one bookshop that I love. It is a second-hand book shop called Barter Books and has open fires and a coffee shop. They have first editions and almost new books and the ambience adds to the experience.Because this shop is 4 hours away I don’t get there often. 🙂

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  2. I used to use Amazon a lot but recently I’ve been trying to use my local bookstore more. If in after something specific I will go into the bookstore for it but a lot of the time I tend to browse second hand shops for books, or my library.
    Gemma @ Gemma’s Book Nook

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