View Full Version : Bookstores, where do you go?
06-14-2011, 03:52 PM
Man, when I was a kid there were so many different kinds of bookstores to visit it was always a joy to go.
Now I have the choice of only two, similar looking bookstores in my area. Borders or Barnes.
Do you/did you have any favorites?
06-14-2011, 03:55 PM
Same as you, I had my pick of several smaller bookstores a few decades ago. Now they've all gone the way of the dodo. In town we have the choice between two big chains and several "specialty" small bookstores that mostly sell incense and other new age crap, so most of my purchases are made at Amazon.
06-14-2011, 03:56 PM
Books a Million, mostly. sometimes i'll find something at Wal-Mart or Target. also, lots of used bookstores, flea markets and antique shops.
06-14-2011, 04:04 PM
I only shop at used book stores because the prices, selection and variety are the best.
I only go to Barnes and Borders when I want to read for free and drink coffee.
Chapters once in awhile, if they have deals on (buy 3 paperbacks, get one free) or to check out their clearance stuff.
I live in a reasonably small town, it sports two bookstores. One of them also sells giftware and is pretty rubbish. The other is a great store, though it's small, and sells Trades. I support this second one as much as possible.
Otherwise I do a lot of book shopping online. The best book store site I've found is bookdepository.co.uk
It's hard to beat free international shipping.
06-14-2011, 10:40 PM
United Bookstore, Gamezilla, Indigo (Chapters/Coles), Loyalist City Coins, 2 or 3 small used book shops in town.
06-14-2011, 11:34 PM
There actually weren't any bookstores near where I live when I was growing up and going to the bookstore was a long way out so I was excited when a Borders opened up 10 minutes from my house...and now that Borders is closed. Back to the way things used to be.
I love used bookstores though, again, their aren't any near where I live. But in the city where I went to college there were a bunch, and a couple of them were right next door and right across the street from big comic book stores which meant they always had a good selection of comics.
06-14-2011, 11:36 PM
Books Inc is the only non-used bookstore around. Not that I dislike used book stores, just that I like to get new stuff.
06-15-2011, 01:39 AM
Barnes & Noble, less than 10 minutes from where i live.
But there is also some smaller bookstores (used and new) in town.
06-15-2011, 01:41 AM
I remember Books Inc as a kid. It was a pretty big book store back then, and they usually sold books I couldn't find like Giger's Necronomicon and alot of indie graphic novels. I got Maus there as a kid. It was kind of dimly lit so it had an almost, old library feel to it. I think that was the first book store I went to that even had a graphic novel section.
Walden's was a good chain store that every mall used to have.
06-15-2011, 04:22 AM
Two major book retailers in Australia, including Borders, are now in administration so there's pretty much only one big chain of bookstores left.
However, I pretty much buy all my books off Amazon UK now. Much cheaper that way. Plus they're offering free international shipping until August.
06-15-2011, 08:53 AM
There's an independent bookstore here in town. At least I think they sell new books. I don't buy new books, so I'm not sure. Their basement is a huge used bookstore. I peruse it now and then. It's horribly disorganized, but it is what it is.
The nearest actual bookstore is 40 miles away. Not that it matters, because I don't buy new books.
06-16-2011, 01:19 AM
I mostly use Amazon. The Borders where I live got the chop and B&N isn't a favorite of mine. Searching around the local used book stores is a good time though.
The Black Guardian
06-16-2011, 01:46 AM
We still have a number of local bookstores, but not as many as we used to have. One of them I buy from occasionally, but I usually go to B&N.
Jack J Napier
06-16-2011, 02:30 AM
I got to a Hastings, they alsos sell comics.
06-16-2011, 11:58 AM
Chains, chains and nothing but chains. In my city there used to be some decent independent stores, but they've gone the way they always do. Thankfully there's still one of them that has a very nice manager who orders lots of good and not so mainstream stuff.
06-17-2011, 04:22 PM
I have a great used book store in my area that trades cover for cover plus the customer pays 10%......He is a nice and knowledgeable owner.He keeps master lists of what you need and calls as soon as he gets it in stock.
I always try to buy local from small business.
Amazon is a great place for the oddball or big sale item.
I hate Books A Million and Barnes and Noble.The seem to just be a hang out and coffee shop now.Who wants a $4.00 coffee and a $3.00 piece of cake?
06-17-2011, 07:06 PM
Mainly Barnes and Noble now that the Borders across the street from where I work was closed.
There's an independent book store in the same town as the B&N and I have to start going back there more often.
06-17-2011, 07:30 PM
now that i am not so mobile (kind of with my wheelchair), i've only been making it to B&N mainly and occassionally Borders, but before my stroke i loved being/working at the used bookstore downtown. and anywhere i've lived or visited i would always hunt down their used bookstores. interesting what you can find...
06-18-2011, 11:08 AM
interesting what you can find...
That's exactly why I like used book stores and non-chain stores. I still like Barnes because they DO have a great selection but there SF/Horror is pretty limited among other things.
Going to used book stores I get to see books by others I've never heard of and see collections I didn't know had been published.
I also like those Book Liquidation places that open up for a few months to get rid of overstock. They have really cheap prices and again, you get to find books that you normally wouldn't see anywhere else.
06-18-2011, 09:17 PM
Almost all of my book buying is done through Amazon.ca lately. I simply can't afford to pay full Canadian cover and the physical stores rarely have the selection I want.
As bad as it sounds, I have favorite stores where I love to go and browse the books and talk to the staff about recommendations, but I literally can't afford to buy from those stores.
06-19-2011, 12:51 AM
barnes & noble
06-19-2011, 04:58 AM
My local Borders just closed down, so I go to Barnes now, within walking distance from where I live, for "new" books. I also frequent a great used book store called Gently Used Books, and take advantage of library sales which often offer "fill a bag for $5".
06-19-2011, 08:41 AM
I used to go to Borders, it was easy to get to and had a very good selection of books and a Starbucks upstairs :') Unfortunately it closed a few months ago so now I go to Waterstones which is also good. BUt it's the only big bookshop in town because lets face it WHSmiths is crap for books :/
2 locally owned book stores. 1 sells new & used and the other sells strictly used books. Love them both.
06-24-2011, 05:33 PM
There's one independent and one chain here (Indigo).
06-25-2011, 05:52 PM
Chapters in Dublin. It's Ireland's largest independent bookstore. I love the second hand section.
06-25-2011, 09:14 PM
Half Price Books. Paperbacks just cost too much these days. :frown:
06-25-2011, 10:47 PM
Online Stores. Alibris Abebooks. And I support local book stores more than the big chains.
07-21-2011, 08:43 PM
I used to go to Barnes & Noble.
08-03-2011, 12:12 AM
Borders...usually buy my books when i get a coupon. But with that store going away, guess i'll be heading to Barnes & Nobles.
08-03-2011, 12:09 PM
I used to go to Borders a lot, but that's done with. There's a B&N that's a little closer anyways. When I make it into the big city, I go to Powell's in Portland (it'd be easy to blow an entire day there).
I do use Amazon as well, especially when I'm getting those expensive hardcover comics. An extra 20 or 30% off goes a long way on those kinds of books.
08-03-2011, 05:37 PM
Barnes N Noble, Half Priced Books, Amazon.
08-03-2011, 09:00 PM
Toronto has some terrific used bookstores which thrived when the Chapters and Indigo stores came in and knocked out the small indies 15 years ago. Alas, even they are suffering now with the growing popularity of E-readers...I am hopeful they will last another generation, at least.
08-03-2011, 09:50 PM
The local flea market has a used book stand with outstanding prices (nothing over $3) and selection, all very well organized by genre. Picked up Diamond's Guns, Germs, and Steel for $2, and a decent paperback copy of Leopold's Sand County Almanac for 50 cents. Oh, and a hardcover set of Wells' The Outline of World History for $2.
07-10-2013, 12:54 PM
news today on the bookstore front..figured Id just drop it here
Barnes and Noble CEO William Lynch resigns this week after two years and the future of the Nook may be in question
07-10-2013, 08:14 PM
I live right next to this beauty! http://www.portosweethome.com/the-most-beautiful-bookshop-livraria-lello/
Lonely Planet classified this one as the third best bookshop in the world so you can't go wrong with it... We actually have a lot of bookstores here in Portugal so I'm very fortunate when it comes to that. I do prefer to do my reading in english though...
07-11-2013, 05:28 AM
I go to Barnes and Noble when I don't buy online from Buy.com. Sometimes I pick up a book at the local BJ's warehouse when I find one on their big discount tables.
The Beast Of Yucca Flats
07-11-2013, 08:52 AM
The biggies are B&N and Reader's Corner (near NCSU); and to a lesser degree Ed McKay's Used Books & More (despite it being much closer to my house than RC) and Nice Price Books.
07-11-2013, 01:14 PM
Right now i'm almost 100% Amazon only. Nice prices and free shipping, hard to beat that. (to the point that in France they are talking about a law who would force Amazon to abandon this free shipping thing on books, well, at least on French territory i guess)
But sometimes i do buy books on a whim when shopping downtown.
07-13-2013, 03:05 PM
Chapters for the most part.
07-30-2013, 07:21 AM
My stores are either Whsmith or Waterstone, I tend to go online but if I can I'll go to Waterstones more.
07-30-2013, 05:38 PM
I'm lucky enough to live near Powell's, the bookstore that's big enough to be a tourist attraction.
08-03-2013, 11:05 PM
A couple local used bookstores and an online company based in England (Book Depository) that ships for free.
08-11-2013, 12:48 PM
Buy my books online since I don't have a decent book store in my town, I usually buy from Amazon, CDON and occasionally Ebay
08-12-2013, 09:20 AM
Are we talking Books, as in novels, or comics? Novels, used to shop Waldenbooks for awhile. Now it's Barnes & Noble. Comics, I get everything through mailordercomics.com because of all the pricing.
All you poor, poor bastards. I'm lucky to live in a college town that has at least six small bookstores, each with entirely different selections. Ordering online and going to chain stores can never replace the small book shop for me, same as comic stores.
My favorite would be Cellar Stories- which has been open for thirty years and is one of my favorite places to browse in the world (and yes, they carry comics and trades). Mike and the staff are friendly and helpful as all hell, and it's the type of store you will find things you'd never thought you'd see and walk out with things you'd never thought you'd buy, and they have a huge selection, everything from esoteric Buddhist texts to expansive Goya art books to beat up sci-fi novels to the complete works of Guy de Maupassant to old Playboys. (no, they're not paying me to hype them, but if you're ever in Providence, RI you should check it out).
Another great store in town with two branches is Symposium Books- who carry a large selection of art and photo books, world literature, experimental and modern writing, political manifestos, etc- they also sell online, and their prices are all far below the cover for books in like-new condition. (they're not paying me either- but I did work there before).
08-13-2013, 04:39 AM
Almost only Amazon now. Free shipping for books and as i live in a rural area it's quite handy.
08-15-2013, 09:48 AM
We not have much of anything in my area. I typically use Books a Million and Amazon.
08-15-2013, 02:10 PM
Do you buy books or comics? If you buy comics, you should check out www.mailordercomics.com. Really good discounts on comics and other comic items. :)
08-15-2013, 10:13 PM
Almost only Amazon now. Free shipping for books and as i live in a rural area it's quite handy.
Pretty much this.
An Ear In The Fireplace
08-16-2013, 12:58 AM
A couple years ago, I bought a Chapters/Indigo loyalty card so I could get a discount on a book I wanted. Once I had that card, I did a lot more shopping at Chapters. I was surprised that it actually ran out after a year and I had to pay more to continue for another year--which I did. But after it expired this last time, I didn't bother. What gets me is that, you need to buy the card and then you need to keep buying it every year. If they just give people the card for perpetuity it encourages them to keep buying at Chapters.
I continue to do a lot of online purchasing and most of the bookstores I used to frequent are gone. I kind of wish amazon had their own brick and mortar stores. I much prefer buying something in the store, when I see it, rather than ordering, waiting a week for it to arrive and staying home so I'm there to get the package delivery.
08-27-2013, 08:05 AM
Being in faroff Asia, I like to go to Page One Books in Hong Kong. Its good for imports, though pricey, and they have graphic novels. They tend to wrap everything in plastic here but they'll open it up for you to browse if you ask. I still like bricks and mortar.
08-28-2013, 11:47 AM
Waterstones, and occasionally a few discount shops like the Works which are great at offering an interesting choice of books for 3 for £5 - however their selection varies, and it depends on the store. WHSmith occasionally, and I'm starting to use Amazon mostly for my Kindle Fire.
09-12-2013, 08:33 AM
Before Borders closed down here in Atlanta, I shopped there a lot. Now I shop at Books a Million and Barnes and Nobles. I also shop at local books shops and comic shops, to keep the small shops open and give them my business.
09-21-2013, 12:08 AM
There are not many options for bookstores in India. there are few small stores in my town. some of them run by non-government organizations. the books we want is hard to find at these bookstores. I prefer to buy online.
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