When Were You Last In A Bookstore?

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  1. K E Gordon

    K E Gordon Very Well-Known Member
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    I love bookstores, but so many of them are now being eclipsed by E readers and the like. I have not been in a bookstore for the past 4 or 5 years. Ok, I take that back, I was in a college bookstore last year, to kill time when I was waitng for a group to start. It is sad to say, that is it! I miss bookstores. There is a big Barnes and Noble bookstore in front of a mall I go to sometimes, and every time I see it, I think I need to go in there. OK, next time for sure!!
     
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    Years, probably the Borders that was going out of business at a plaza in Fresno.
     
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    Even when we had more bookstores and read real books, I usually shopped at the thrift store for books to read. I enjoyed browsing in a large bookstore, and still would; but now I usually read with my Kindle, since it is the perfect size and weighs so much less than holding an actual book does.
    Sadly to say, printed books may be going the way of the daily newspaper that used to be in almost everyone's home once (or even twice) a day back in yesteryear.
    I just ordered a book from eBay, America BC, about the ancient history of America back several thousand years ago. After reading a little about the author, Dr. Barry Fell, I searched on Amazon, and only found the printed version, and even that was fairly expensive; so then I checked eBay, and found one cheaper.
    There is a used book store not too far away, and I have been there a couple of times, and always think that I am going to go in and look around again; but it seems like whenever we are out in that direction, we are in some kind of a hurry, and Bobby doesn't care for bookstores, anyway. I would have to make a special trip; so it just never happens.
     
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    I get catalogs in the mail from this place. Have bought stuff from them. https://www.hamiltonbook.com/
    You can request a catalog from the site posted, if interested.
     
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    I get most of my books on Kindle or even the library. I just have too many. I don't know what to do with the ones I have now honestly. However, I would love to browse. I like Barnes and Noble because they have some neat little items in there besides books, and most of them have some kind of cafe in there as well. I will stop the next time I am in that area. Normally, I have a few errands planned though while I am in the "big city" and I just never seem to get there.
     
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    There is a Barnes and Noble just down from Vanderbilt University which is on the way to work.
    I stop by every time I go to the VA Hospital which is on the campus.
     
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    I was last in a bookstore about a week ago , we have one very close to where I work.
     
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    I was in a Books a Million store in Bangor about six months go. It used to be a Borders, and I liked it better then, largely because it had a large regional section with local books. As a BAM store, it isn't much.
     
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    Never heard of BAM, is it a franchise?

    I never cared for Borders, I always felt overwhelmed....but for some reason I preferred Borders over Barnes and Noble.

    I was usually satisfied with buying the bestsellers at my local supermarket or walmart where they were cheaper.

    Since the internet, bookstores and libraries have lost their appeal for me. I used to love browsing cookbooks and still have quite a collection but now every recipe is online.
     
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    They are the second largest book chain in the United States, just behind Barnes & Noble, but their stores are mostly in the South, Midwest and Northeast, so you may not have one near you. I knew them as an online bookseller for years before I realized they had actual bookstores as well.
     
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    Interesting that I've never heard of them considering I did live in the Midwest for many years, I'll have to look them up and see if I ever lived near one but I'm pretty sure I would have known it. I was an avid reader all my life, it's just lately that I can't find a good book.

    Edit: I did find one in Edwardsville, Il which is near my son. Also found one in Merrillville, Indiana but I'm pretty sure it want there when I lived there.
     
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    The one in Bangor just became a BAM a few years ago, after Borders filed for bankruptcy. The only one that I remember seeing before that was in Fayetteville, North Carolina, or somewhere near there.
     
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    It's been a long time since I last went to the bookstore although a month ago I chanced upon a mini bookstore along the way to the province. And guess what I had bought? Some Archie comics, hahahaaah. It was cheap at $2 per copy and I got 5 that would last me maybe for a year (I only read it during my spare time at home).

    The most popular bookstore here is National Book Store which carries all kinds of reading matter, from books down to magazines, comics. They also have office and school supplies particularly with pens so it is like a one-stop-shop.
     
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    I love going to bookstores. I think it may have been 2 or 3 weeks ago that I went. We have Half Price Books nearby and it seems to do a healthy amount of business.
     
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    Sometimes, if we are in the area, we will stop into one of our local Christian Book Stores.........there are two of them. A few yeas ago, my wife bought me my Men's Devotional Bible "Classic Edition" from one for my birthday. Still reading the Daily Devotionals in it and they are great. A few years ago, we went into a Barnes and Noble bookstore for something. It was interesting, but we just aren't that much into reading.
     
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    Ha @Corrie Henson
    I remember when I was a kid Archie Comic books were 12 cents. I bought a few of those back in the day, although I wasn't a huge fan. I know all the characters though. I liked Archie Comic books and Batman. Either of those would float my boat when I was a pre teen. However, we mostly read regular books, we liked library books or bookmobile books since we could read them for free, or we sometimes got them as presents.
     
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    My grandfather owned an IGA store so I got unsold comic books, magazines and paperbacks, minus half the cover, which is all they had to send back in to get a credit for them. Every month, I'd get a cardboard box of reading material.
     
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    We have a Books a Milliion store here, too. It was in a busy shopping center; but now Toys R Us has moved, and BAM is one of the few stores still open there.
    We used to go there for checkout each week when I was selling newspaper subscriptions, but I haven't been there since I stopped selling newspapers.
    Do you belong to Bookbub, @Chrissy Page ?
    If you don't, you might want to check it out. You sign up and fill out a profile of the kinds of books you are interested in, and each day they send you an email with books that fit your profile. If you get too many, you can modify your profile for less books, and if not enough then you expand your profile.
    I find books on there all the time that I am interested in, and you can also list your favorite authors, and when they come out with a new book, you get a notification of that.
    It is just www.bookbub.com to check it out, and it is all free.
     
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    I have to stay away from book stores. They have been my life long economical nemesis . I like the smell of old books, and the feel of fresh crisp new pages. When other kids wanted toys or clothes, I wanted books.

    I started collecting books when I was about seven. By the time I was 25 I had an extensive library. At 18, I found a rare book on the Buck Roger's comic series that some of you might remember. In a used book store I also found the complete collection of the Perry Mason series. I even found really old book on hobbits and such. I really liked collecting old school text books as well. I would go bonkers over first additions, whether they were well know or not.

    I had thousands wound up in all those books. Just so someone who had no idea of their worth as part of history, or their economical worth, could burn them up to get even with me. She didn't mean to, but she burnt down my house too. Her husband wanted her to get a job and work to help with their household expenses, as I was doing for my family. She knew my books were the only physical things I valued.

    I still have a few really old books that I've collected since then, but I don't put much money into such things anymore, unless you count all my art supplies.
     
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    I do, I've belonged to Bookbub for many years now and most of my books are from there. Maybe I need to broaden my profile. I have it down to just memoirs.
     
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    @Yvonne Smith Thank You for the link. Thought I knew all those sites, but this one slipped past me.
    I joined up, very easy and already found some books.
     
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    You gave me a laugh with that economical nemesis but seriously, I was also in that same boat during my high school days. My classmates and I would often go the bookstore to browse. Now I remember what browsing really meant - reading one chapter of a book. Our favorite was the Mills and Boons paperback which are not expensive but not too cheap. My parents couldn't say anything with my extra expenses because those books were written in English and it can enhance my knowledge of English... and surely it did help me with my grammar and spelling. My browsing continued until I was in college and I only stopped that habit when I started working.
     
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    I always liked buying or borrowing books too. There was no better feeling than coming home with a whole bunch of good books.

    I've lost that feeling lately and don't know why.
     
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    That is awesome, @Tim Burr , and I am glad that you are finding books already. One of my favorite things about the Kindle store is that every day, they put different books out for free; but I usually forget to go on the website and search for the topics I want to read about.
    With Bookbub, they do a lot of the work of finding these specials, and I really like that. At first, I listed all kinds of books that I like to read, and then I was overwhelmed with a bunch coming in my emails every day; so then I went back in and modified my profile to a more manageabe selection. I also listed all of my preferred authors; so I can be notified when they have new books.
    If you are not already doing it, Kindle First is also a great way to get a free book each month. You need a Prime account for the free book; but you get to choose from 5-6 of the newest releases, and a variety of books.
    Each month they send you the list, and you choose which one you want to read, hoping that you will also leave a good review of the book, but that is not required.
     
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    There used to be a huge Books A Million store in Potomac Mills Mall, but that is another place I haven't been in the last several years. I always think about stopping but whenever I get up that way, I am usually in a hurry to beat the traffic or it is a holiday or a weekend. I think I am going to check the list of store at P Mills and see if it is even still there. They use to have a delicious coffee section as well as a number of reasonably priced books.
     
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