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No matter if you've got an e-reader or are one of those determined to not get one and continually purchase physical books, there are so many outlets to purchase literature of all varieties.  Where do you get your books?

One of my main sources of books has been the different book/themed groups that I am part of on Goodreads.com, that offer the option for read and review.  These read and review programs have provided me with some fantastic stories and some that I've not found among my favorites.  It has also introduced me to some fantastic authors that I want to read more of.  I've made ever lasting friends on this site as well.  

I also on more than one occasion raid the Top 100 free books on Amazon.com, and it is usually met with the comment from my roommate's husband "Which one of you is flooding my email account now?" because the Amazon account is under his name and thus he gets all the purchase alerts.  Some of these have been fantastic reads and some of these have been epic failures that I won't read again, and am thankful that I didn't pay a penny for.

Occasionally I do have the extra cash to wander into a store like Barnes and Nobles and purchase a book or two, but I honestly at this point in time can't remember the last time that I had the extra money to do that.  Though, thanks to FloridaSNM I will be purchasing a Karen Chance novel and with the goodies she got me, turning that into a signed copy.  

When I was going to college in St. Augustine I used to frequent a second hand book store and that was where I got the bulk of the copies of The Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon, which I was turned on to when I was sixteen and my aunt sent me a copy of book four in the series.  I now have currently read all but books number six and seven of this series and am only missing book two in my current collection, but have some how managed to have two copies of book number five (one hardback and one paperback).

So, I've used a variety of outlets to feed my desire for fantastic works of literature and have met some duds along the way.  I also use services such as netgalley, which as far as I've used, kindle format and Adobe Digital Editions,  to obtain galley copies of different and as of yet unpublished novels, and a site called Smashwords to purchase free books and I've gotten coupon codes from different authors for books to review.  

My question is, where do you get your books? Do you have a favorite source that you constantly go to to get your e-books?  Have you used different services to get a book?  Would you be willing to use a different source aside from your usual source to obtain an e-book?  Would you participate in a book trade with your physical library?

Originally posted to Confessions of a Bibliophile on Mon Jul 02, 2012 at 03:59 PM PDT.

Also republished by DKOMA and Readers and Book Lovers.

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  •  Tip Jar (20+ / 0-)

    “...to go to a dance with a guy who has all the personality of a serial killer mixed with a sponge.” ― J.A. Beard

    by Caedy on Mon Jul 02, 2012 at 03:59:32 PM PDT

  •  I get a bunch (9+ / 0-)

    from the library. They've been kind of slow getting them online, though, and there are always waiting lists for new releases. I've been catching up on all those Agatha Christie stories I never got around to, when I can'f find anything else interesting.

    And I have a big stack of review copies always waiting. The thing is, though, those are all politics. Not much fun to read after spending my working day at it!

    "There’s class warfare, all right, but it’s my class, the rich class, that’s making war, and we’re winning." —Warren Buffett

    by Joan McCarter on Mon Jul 02, 2012 at 04:08:54 PM PDT

  •  Used to buy at "friends of the library", but now (6+ / 0-)

    Amazon.com for my Kindle for P.C. app.

    "After all, the people of Planet Earth had other concerns. The ongoing energy crisis. Catastrophic climate change. Widespread famine, poverty, and disease. Half a dozen wars. You know: 'dogs and cats living together... mass hysteria!'"

    by furriner on Mon Jul 02, 2012 at 04:14:10 PM PDT

  •  Can't answer poll because multiple (13+ / 0-)

    Barnes & Noble, to keep them in business and for convenience.

    abebooks.com for used books, ditto ebay.

    online book trade

    library sales

    various museum bookshops

    amazon

    •  I should have put a (5+ / 0-)

      multiple source answer in the poll.  

      Knew I was forgetting something!

      “...to go to a dance with a guy who has all the personality of a serial killer mixed with a sponge.” ― J.A. Beard

      by Caedy on Mon Jul 02, 2012 at 05:10:19 PM PDT

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    •  Multiple here, too (4+ / 0-)

      Many from the library, for both me and the kids. It's a cheap look at new authors. If I find I'm checking something out for the third time so other family members can read it, of course I go and buy it. Sometimes I find an author I like at the library, but the library doesn't have his or her whole catalog. Often, my local book store usually doesn't have it, either, so I use B&N or alibris online.

      For things I know I'll like, I can pre-order from B&N (I'm off Amazon until they start paying tax in Califiornia). To expand my tastes, I go to author events at the local bookstore. I also give their staff picks the benefit of the doubt, and often walk home with more than can be conveniently carried. Our local book store is almost next door to a used book seller, so that gives us another chance to fill in some older titles.

      I use the two independents (and the used book store) more than the local B&N, but that would change if I lived closer to B&N. I'm glad you mentioned museums, because I get lots of books there - especially self-published ones from small museums.

      I've used local book trades (take one, leave one), and I've been meaning to try out the online book trade idea. I'm also thinking that this might be the summer when I finally try an e-reader (probably a nook, since Amazon's taking a while to start paying its taxes).

      Why is there a Confederate Flag flying in Afghanistan?

      by chimpy on Mon Jul 02, 2012 at 06:37:33 PM PDT

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  •  Library nerd (8+ / 0-)

    I love my library! Main source for books to read, but for books I want to own, I really try to shop independent book stores (I can walk to a great one!) or online, I hit Powells.com, Portland OR based world o' books.

  •  Library, library, library (8+ / 0-)

    for paper and ink books, for e-books and for audiobooks.  I love the NYPL.

    And every once in a while I will buy from Amazon but my budget is very limited.

  •  Whenever possible, I buy actual books at the sole (9+ / 0-)

    remaining independently owned bookstore in town, Left Bank Books.  That's a plug for those in the area...

    I'll need some room for this...

    by duckhunter on Mon Jul 02, 2012 at 04:36:05 PM PDT

  •  library, used (6+ / 0-)

    and book club (about a dozen book nerds who love mysteries and share).

  •  I get books from Amazon, B& N, garage sales. (7+ / 0-)

    and the library.  I have over 7000 books and have  given over the years 39 boxes to libraries and hospitals. In addition I have sold over 2000. Then I also buy ebooks because some really good writers can't get a publishing House to print thier book. So now we are on Amazon Kindle and B&N Nook... they have more self published mystery writers. The Sci fi is great on  Amazon ... my hubby has gone bonkers there.  He is actually up to 2 books a day. We still buy hardbounds from all the locations.  

    I am nervous about  ebooks but have downloaded most of my books onto my desk top also so that if my ereader fails me I got em. Can read em on epub. I f I can't read a book I read mags or blogs or cereal boxes. I love my books and treat them like treasure. So many  people taking the time to marshall thier thoughts and do the work  thier creativity requires to fulfill itself ... I thank them all for thousands of hours of escape, pleasure and learning.

    How can you tell when Rmoney is lying? His lips are moving. Fear is the Mind Killer

    by boophus on Mon Jul 02, 2012 at 04:56:21 PM PDT

    •  The good thing with (4+ / 0-)

      e-readers like the Kindle is that all of your purchases are archived with your amazon account and you can simply redownload them when you switch applications (from Kindle for PC to one for a smart phone or an actual kindle piece of equipment).  

      It makes things so much easier.  Though I do have things like the .mobi files that I've gotten from other sources kept in my email account or on an external drive so I don't lose them.

      “...to go to a dance with a guy who has all the personality of a serial killer mixed with a sponge.” ― J.A. Beard

      by Caedy on Mon Jul 02, 2012 at 05:13:15 PM PDT

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      •  I love the Kindle more then the Nook. I love that (2+ / 0-)
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        stranglehold major publishers had is over with the ebooks. I love Amazon for letting people publish thier books in ebooks on Amazon. It is opening a whole new area to explore and enjoy and savor. So many really good story tellers. I have read some of the writers here and am amazed and grateful to KOS and other blogs for letting them show us thier stuff...

        How can you tell when Rmoney is lying? His lips are moving. Fear is the Mind Killer

        by boophus on Mon Jul 02, 2012 at 08:09:21 PM PDT

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    •  I have a 2nd generation Kindle (3+ / 0-)
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      I've had it since Spring of 2009, I've never had it fail me unless I forgot to charge it for a couple of weeks or accidently left the wireless on (newer models have more batter life then mine, even with wireless on). It has locked up a time or two, and then you go to amazon.com's troubleshooting page, plug it into the computer via usb, turn and hold the switch for 30 seconds.. which reboots it.

      Even if it would, everything is stored online as well as on the kindle itself, and you can access it through your amazon account.

      "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

      by FloridaSNMOM on Mon Jul 02, 2012 at 05:48:58 PM PDT

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      •  Can not beat it. We first bought the plain jane (2+ / 0-)
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        Kindle but I couldn't peel it out of my hubbys hands long enough to get a turn so I bought the Kindle with 3G for myself... So I could read the ebooks he has already got. I am looking forward to reading more of my great love in college.... Great history books. People have recommended some and a few I have already got. Especially the history of the Indians... It is a great time to live for readers. So much choice so much available...

        And my library lends ebooks too. Yippee.

        How can you tell when Rmoney is lying? His lips are moving. Fear is the Mind Killer

        by boophus on Mon Jul 02, 2012 at 08:13:41 PM PDT

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    •  Gasp! (0+ / 0-)

      Can you imagine moving with 7,000 books?

      I won't repeat my book story except to say I was way too attached to them.

      Read and release should have been my motto.

      I'm trying that motto out - with the exception of about 100 titles. Some I have not read yet and other hard to find out-of-print will stay...

      My future is in the library or an online reader.

      •  You can... (0+ / 0-)

        gladly release some of those books in this direction!

        I need more physical books that I've not read half a dozen times (not that it is a bad thing!).  

        “...to go to a dance with a guy who has all the personality of a serial killer mixed with a sponge.” ― J.A. Beard

        by Caedy on Wed Jul 04, 2012 at 11:49:11 AM PDT

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  •  Library, almost exclusively. (5+ / 0-)
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    A very limited budget, and too many "physical" books anyway. Slow to warm up to e-readers. I'm tempted now, but will have to wait--it's an expense I can't justify, especially with the wonderful library system here in my corner of the Hudson Valley.

    There is a wonderful used bookstore about a 10-minute drive away. Creaky wood floors, easy chairs and a knowledgeable staff (of 2--there used to be a cat, as well!). I shop there for gifts, especially. It's been in business for about 10-12 years, I think, and seems to be weathering the economic situation.  

  •  I answered the poll "Barnes & Noble" (4+ / 0-)
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    FloridaSNMOM, mayim, chimpy, SoCaliana

    even though I actually have several sources besides that store. There are the Book Rack and the Book Nook, both second-hand bookstores. I occasionally buy books at Kroger. There's another store I'm embarrassed to mention which has good deals on books. And the book club BOMC2 which sells new hardcovers for only $9.95.

    And then there's the library. The main library is only a few blocks from where I live and I go there pretty often.

    "We are all New Orleans now."--Barbara O'Brien So many books--so little time. Economic Left/Right -7.88 Social Libertarian/Authoritarian -6.97

    by Louisiana 1976 on Mon Jul 02, 2012 at 05:02:46 PM PDT

  •  our library has an e-reader program (4+ / 0-)

    but it sounds to me like, with your library card, you get ebooks on an e-reader from them. in the mean time i already have a kindle so i really don't need their system unless i can also d/l from them to it. i've never really looked into it. i'm mainly amazon.com altho when they went up on their prices it slowed down my book buying. it helped when they started having $0.00 books by new authors, not so much the public domain type of book. i do have the count of monte cristo tho; i may eventually finish reading it one day.

    •  Library and Kindles (2+ / 0-)
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      You may want to look into it, a lot of libraries DO download to your kindle, and you can do it many times from home (with the usb cord). Caedy has done this and may be able to explain it better. It works with 3rd gen and higher kindles. Doesn't work with my 2nd gen at this point :(.

      "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

      by FloridaSNMOM on Mon Jul 02, 2012 at 06:15:22 PM PDT

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    •  On Kindles and the Library (2+ / 0-)
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      SoCaliana, FloridaSNMOM

      If your library uses the Overdrive system, then you should be able to get the book lended to your kindle for a set period of time (usually defaulted at the standard library check out - here it is 3 weeks or 21 days).  

      Some books can be sent wirelessly to your kindle, others have to be uploaded via USB connection after you downloaded the file.  

      It is a fairly straight forward and simple process to get books via the library, and your librarian should be able to help you, and I know there are a couple of how to videos on the overdrive site (at least for my local branch) and this feature is only available on 3rd Gen or higher Kindles at this point in time.

      “...to go to a dance with a guy who has all the personality of a serial killer mixed with a sponge.” ― J.A. Beard

      by Caedy on Tue Jul 03, 2012 at 02:25:07 PM PDT

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  •  Can't answer the poll (4+ / 0-)

    My list includes several options.
    Local used book store, Paperbacks Plus
    Formerly local, now national, used bookstore Half Price Books

    Lately Amazon Kindle books in the $0 to $4.00 range. Lots of new authors trying to break through. Some are really great finds, some are making me wonder how they thought their work was worth even .99. Still and all, a great pleasure reading adventure.

    from a bright young conservative: “I’m watching my first GOP debate…and WE SOUND LIKE CRAZY PEOPLE!!!!”

    by Catte Nappe on Mon Jul 02, 2012 at 05:58:28 PM PDT

  •  I get a lot of mine as used books (3+ / 0-)
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    FloridaSNMOM, SoCaliana, Caedy

    via Amazon. Heck, I just got a great cookbook via Amazon that was sold by Goodwill Industries of San Diego. I don't live anywhere near San Diego.

    All the convenience of Amazon, and I'm supporting smaller companies (and charities!) that I'd never be able to locate a long way from home.

    I donate many of my books to charity -- either the public library if they're new non-fiction books that I think may have longterm appeal or to charities if they're items that might become obsolete more quickly -- so I'm thrilled that I can jump back into this buy/read/donate/buy/read/donate stream over and over again.

    © grover


    So if you get hit by a bus tonight, would you be satisfied with how you spent today, your last day on earth? Live like tomorrow is never guaranteed, because it's not. -- Me.

    by grover on Mon Jul 02, 2012 at 07:13:10 PM PDT

  •  I've moved almost exclusively to Kindle (1+ / 0-)
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    FloridaSNMOM

    So all the places you cite, plus manybooks.net.

  •  The Street (3+ / 0-)
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    FloridaSNMOM, SoCaliana, Caedy

    Found about five books on the sidewalk the other day.  Free.  

    Otherwise the library, sometimes ABEbooks for second-hand reads.  Once in a while a local bookstore, the inestimable Harvard Books.

    Generally, when I finish a book, I pass it on or give it to Goodwill.

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    by gmoke on Mon Jul 02, 2012 at 08:47:08 PM PDT

  •  Mostly Gutenberg at the moment. (3+ / 0-)
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    I have NO book budget. (It is often a question of haircut or toilet paper around here. Toilet paper wins, and we cut our hair at home.)

    So I go on Gutenberg and read classics, and a few things that should never have come out of the vault.

    When you come to find how essential the comfort of a well-kept home is to the bodily strength and good conditions, to a sound mind and spirit, and useful days, you will reverence the good housekeeper as I do above artist or poet, beauty or genius.

    by Alexandra Lynch on Mon Jul 02, 2012 at 11:27:25 PM PDT

  •  Amazon mostly (1+ / 0-)
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    SoCaliana

    no bookstore or library in walking distance. If I have to drive to get anything I don't really consider it worth the effort.

    Rape apologia among progressives (well, anybody) is so very disturbing.

    by terrypinder on Tue Jul 03, 2012 at 04:26:28 AM PDT

  •  I Have a Nook Color (1+ / 0-)
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    SoCaliana

    I get books from BN, Google's eBookstore, the Library... I also occasionally like the feel of a real book and will get those from our local bookstore Schuler's.

    Too Folk For You. - Schmidting in the Punch Bowl - verb - Committing an unexpected and underhanded political act intended to "spoil the party."

    by TooFolkGR on Tue Jul 03, 2012 at 04:41:28 AM PDT

  •  Independent Bookseller (1+ / 0-)
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    SoCaliana

    My local bookstore is Bent Pages, a great little store that carries used books but offers full-service. As I have gotten older, I realize that I don't have to have a book immediately or even overnight: anticipation can be part of the experience. The shop is owned by two or three (I can't really figure that one out) women who take their reading seriously and are an absolute hoot to talk to about almost any book you can imagine. And, wow, you can get coffee and sit around and read as long as you want.

    The library--and we have a pretty impressive one for semi-rural south Louisiana--is at the top of my list for books on CD and so much else.

  •  Won't touch Amazon (1+ / 0-)
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    SoCaliana

    They're anti-worker, anti-LGBT, and anti-publisher.   Their business practices smack too much of monopoly for me to buy a Kindle.

    Sorry.

    •  Apology not needed... (0+ / 0-)

      I've actually had quite a few people that I know publish through Amazon, but, I'm not pushing one service over another, just merely curious.

      “...to go to a dance with a guy who has all the personality of a serial killer mixed with a sponge.” ― J.A. Beard

      by Caedy on Tue Jul 03, 2012 at 02:27:57 PM PDT

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  •  I use more than one of these sources. (2+ / 0-)
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    I use B&N, Amazon, Powell's, and as many local new and used bookstores as I can get to.

    These days, you can get anything online, of course, but I still love going out and hunting at bookstores.  The best kind of bookstore is an independent used bookstore, if it's well-organized (alphabetization kept up), and if its selection is such that I can walk in and think, "You know, they just might have anything in here!"

    •  I love bookstores... (0+ / 0-)

      like that.   The one I went to in St. Augustine is one of my favorites, and if I ever make it back to St. Augustine I will have to see if they are still there and see what little gems I can dig up for an epic price :)

      “...to go to a dance with a guy who has all the personality of a serial killer mixed with a sponge.” ― J.A. Beard

      by Caedy on Tue Jul 03, 2012 at 02:29:11 PM PDT

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  •  Book stores, library, trade (1+ / 0-)
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    SoCaliana

    Seldom buy online because:

    - like to browse & hangout in bookstores
    - rather support local bookstores than faceless corporations
    - want my books NOW

    What about my Daughter's future?

    by koNko on Tue Jul 03, 2012 at 08:06:07 AM PDT

    •  That is one perk I love about ebooks (1+ / 0-)
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      They are ready and available NOW when I want them provided I have the money to purchase them or they are free and look awesome.  

      But yeah, I occasionally buy on line, but I'd rather haunt a bookstore or wander around the library.

      “...to go to a dance with a guy who has all the personality of a serial killer mixed with a sponge.” ― J.A. Beard

      by Caedy on Tue Jul 03, 2012 at 02:30:20 PM PDT

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      •  My wife likes ebooks (1+ / 0-)
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        Caedy

        And she is an avid reader, so she has a lot, and was an early adopter.

        While I consume a lot of news by smartphone, I still prefer books on paper since I have to travel by air a lot, which interrupts the very time I have to read due to electronic device restrictions, so in this case paperworks better.

        Plus, I love to browse in book stores, which is more a process of discovery than having stuff pushed at you on a website.

        Ironically, in my working life I'm about as paperless as one can get without abandoning a personal notebook - my last vestige of penmanship.

        What about my Daughter's future?

        by koNko on Tue Jul 03, 2012 at 11:08:12 PM PDT

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  •  Lots of places (1+ / 0-)
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    SoCaliana

    I've gotten many books (as in, around 350) at the trading site, BookMooch.com, although there don't seem to be as many desirable books there anymore.

    Also use project gutenberg, my library, B&N...

  •  First: library; local branch is (2+ / 0-)
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    a pleasant 3-block walk.  I scan the "new additions" list on line once/week and press "place hold."  Book magically appears at my local library branch.

    Second:  Warwicks, local indie.  Very quick to obtain books via order.  

    Third:  Amazon  For example, I read Ian Bostridge's "A Singer's Notebook," which was published in England.  A friend check it out of UC library for me.  Library hadn't ordered it and indie couldn't.  Amazon had several used copies listed.  Cheaper than new and in excellent condition.  Win win.  

  •  I use powells, amazon and audible. (0+ / 0-)

    Sometimes other sellers, if I'm looking for a particular book I use the google to find it :)

    •  Wish I could afford (2+ / 0-)
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      a subscription to Audible! My roommate's husband would love it, and I would to, though I'm not entirely a fan of audio books, I do tend to enjoy them every so often.

      “...to go to a dance with a guy who has all the personality of a serial killer mixed with a sponge.” ― J.A. Beard

      by Caedy on Tue Jul 03, 2012 at 02:31:53 PM PDT

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  •  I love second hand book shops for browsing (0+ / 0-)

    but when I want something from online, I go to either Powells or, I have gone once or twice to Amazon, but only through TomDispatch so that he get a cut of the purchase.

    If not for Tom I would never shop at Amazon.

    I refuse to get an ereader, although, I have read a number of free books on my ipad from Gutenberg Press Australia...

    No System of Justice Can Rise Above the Ethics of Those Who Administer It. (Wickersham Commission 1929)

    by No Exit on Tue Jul 03, 2012 at 04:18:44 PM PDT

    •  You don't have to get an e-reader (0+ / 0-)

      since you have an Ipad, all you really need is an ap that can turn your ipad into your e-reader :)

      Simple really.

      “...to go to a dance with a guy who has all the personality of a serial killer mixed with a sponge.” ― J.A. Beard

      by Caedy on Tue Jul 03, 2012 at 04:23:42 PM PDT

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  •  The old book shop (1+ / 0-)
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    There's a little secondhand bookshop about 20 miles away staffed by a couple who knows a whole lot about everything and where the most expensive titles (e.g. great big fat bios in hardcover by people like Peter Ackroyd) are 80 to 90% off. They have everything, including a whole shelf of 1950's SF paperbacks for a buck each. It's next to a jail, nestled in between a couple of bail bondsmen and some lumber outfits.Sometimes I think the place is an old Twilight Zone set.

  •  As others have said, my books come from everywhere (1+ / 0-)
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    Caedy

    So I'll limit myself to listing two sources not mentioned:

    * Online -- Alibris is a different grouping of independent booksellers than ABEbooks or Amazon affiliates. Some who are affiliates of those two are also affiliates of Alibris. (Prices for the same book from the same dealer can have notably different prices.)

    * Powell's -- in person, not as an online shop. I've lived in Portland for decades, & when I was younger with less money but more time than I have now, I would spend Sunday afternoons browsing Powell's. (In case you're curious, the main store is huge: it covers a 200x200 city block, with multiple floors. One can spend hours browsing. And it did have far more charm when Walt Powell ran it; his son Michael took it over when Walt died.)

    However, even back in the day I made an effort to patronize other book stores than Powell's. Unfortunately, almost all of them have gone out of business.

  •  Caedy, what a fun topic! (1+ / 0-)
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    Caedy

    Thanks for this diary.  I get books from Freecycle, online second-hand book stores like AbeBooks, and cheap copies at library book sales.  I also, ah, get them fresh from Amazon, much to my bank account's dismay.  At one time I had a $30-a-week habit.  Had to stop that, though.

    Went to Barnes & Noble last week because my sister gave me a gift certificate for my birthday.

    Once I was DESPERATE to read a book that was out of print.  I saw that a copy was up for bid on a New Zealand e-Bay-type site, but only Anzac citizens were allowed to bid.  E-mailed my Australian relatives and begged them to bid, but they were too late.

    Finally--would you believe--someone on Goodreads TYPED the whole book for me, put it in a .pdf file, and sent it to me, may Goddess bless her forever.

    I used to belong to Paperback Swap but got annoyed with it and quit when no one ever requested one of the titles I uploaded.

    Haven't done much with e-books yet--that pleasure awaits me. Just got an iPad and downloaded the Kindle software to it. There are some old, hard-to-find books on line that I've found and reread.  One is J. Sheridan LeFanu's Carmilla, the vampire story to end all vampire stories.  I had insomnia for years because of it.

    Should add I borrow a ton of books from the library, too.

    "Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich."--Napoleon

    by Diana in NoVa on Fri Jul 06, 2012 at 05:28:17 PM PDT

    •  You sound as bad (0+ / 0-)

      as me when it comes to books.

      I'm only on Goodreads (where I OFTEN raid the free ebooks), and the free books on Amazon.com for the Kindle.  I need a new kindle god lord.  I hate carrying around physical copies of books because I'm limited because I can only really carry one at a time and it strains my peripheral neuropathy too :(

      I've not done any of the swaps yet, but I'm considering it.  

      I could not work at a bookstore, I would go broke, seriously!

      “...to go to a dance with a guy who has all the personality of a serial killer mixed with a sponge.” ― J.A. Beard

      by Caedy on Fri Jul 06, 2012 at 07:38:40 PM PDT

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