Blogger: Rachel Zurakowski
Location: Books & Such main office, Santa Rosa, Calif.
After yesterday’s fun discussion of endorsements and “book-buddies,” I got to thinking about where I get my books. I’d say that I purchase two-thirds of the books I read. The other third I borrow–from my two good friends or from the office bookshelves. I hardly ever go to the library, but I’m not really sure why. Perhaps it’s because I used to always go to the library for researching last-minute school projects so the library feels like a place of panic and hopelessness for me. 🙂
I now know that many of you also like to share books with your friends or borrow from the library, but when you buy a book, where do you go?
As I thought back over the book purchases I’ve made this year, I realized that I am a bookstore book buyer. I LOVE looking at Amazon.com and scrolling through the books there, especially the recommendations page, but if I find a book on Amazon, I usually go to my local bookstore(s) to see if they have it. Just hanging out in a bookstore is fun for me, so the trip isn’t inconvenient if the store doesn’t have the book I want. I almost always walk out with a book or two, even if I didn’t find the one I originally went looking for.
Most often, I just go to a bookstore to browse and read the backcover blurbs until I find something I want to buy. I like this method the best is because when I’m in the mood to read, I want to have a new book right away. I don’t want to wait for the book to ship to me. This is why the Kindle is a great tool for e-book fans. You can find a book on Amazon and send it immediately to your Kindle reader. But personally, I love the feeling of having a bound book better than reading a story on a screen, even though I love using the Kindle to read manuscripts and proposals for books not yet in print.
What’s the breakdown of how you’re getting your books? Do you mostly buy or mostly borrow?
And here’s a question to spark a little debate: Do you think sharing books is like “sharing” music? At what point does book sharing become stealing sales from the author? Every book we don’t buy does become one book that isn’t sold. I’m not sure where I stand on this, so don’t worry about judgment from me! I would love to hear your opinions.