Thursday, July 10, 2008

Booking Through Thursday: Doomsday

One of my favorite bookstores burned down last weekend, and while I only got to visit there while I was on vacation, it made me stop and think.

What would you do if, all of a sudden, your favorite source of books was unavailable?

Whether it’s a local book shop, your town library, or an internet shop … what would you do if, suddenly, they were out of business? Devastatingly, and with no warning? Where would you go for books instead? What would you do? If it was a local business you would try to help out the owners? Would you just calmly start buying from some other store? Visit the library in the next town instead? Would it be devastating? Or just a blip in your reading habit?

Well, I would read my TBR pile. Sounds horrible, huh? I honestly have enough books to last me comfortably for years.

I don't use the library. I plan to publish the post I wrote about that sometime when the creative blogging well is dry. I do shop for books at Barnes & Noble and Amazon. And Target. And pretty much anywhere else books are sold and I can get them for less than full price. (I have to at least feel like I'm getting a bargain!) I guess I would be most bummed about losing Barnes & Noble because one of my favorite things to do is go browse.

Now, are you a Barnes & Noble or Borders person? I think you can tell my preference from this post :)

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Melody said...

Absolutely! I love browsing too!

Kat said...

Browsing's fun. I discover a lot of great books that way haha. It's also a nice way to pass the time while waiting for a friend :)

S. Krishna said...

Ha! That's exactly what I said - that I'd have enough books to last me for awhile.

Anonymous said...

I use Amazon a lot, too, though I love to browse bookstores. I'm also a library gal. We have to pay $30 a year for a library card, but we've already read hundreds of dollars worth. It's a recent thing, though... For years I only read books I bought.

jlshall said...

I think I'm a B&N person, too. But there are more Borders stores around here, so that's where I go. Of course, like you, I could probably maintain my reading habit for years just by reading the stuff I already own! But what fun would that be?

Amy said...

I think I am partial to B & N. We have a small Border's here and I like them well enough but because it is a small store, they usually have to order what I want. B & N is further away but usually has it in stock.

Mostly, I use the library though.

Anonymous said...

I love browsing the bookstore, too. Touching the spines, petting the books, and smelling that wonderful "new book" smell.

SmilingSally said...

I especially enjoy the sale table.

Krista said...

You don't use the library? Seriously?
I guess I was just raised on it. I use the church library, the Christian school where my mom works library, the public library... I haven't bought a book for myself since I was stuck in an airport in 2006!
Maybe I'm just lucky. Our library has a bunch of branches and you can actually order online and have them mailed to you. Then you can mail them back in their nice mailer bags. It's pretty slick!

Amy said...


gautami tripathy said...

My TBR pile too would last me a long time!

Here is my BTT post

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