Recently I went to my city’s biggest secondhand book market (an annual events) and it got me thinking, where do people get their reads from?
My very nerdy book tracking system tells me that I’ve bought nearly 40% of my read books this year. I tend to buy mine new (one, because I can afford it at this stage of my life and two, because I just love to be the first to read a book) at a combination of bookstores, department stores and discount retailers. I’ve also since realised that the nearest secondhand book shop to me is about 20 km away (there used to be heaps!).
Some I get courtesy of authors/publishers which is fantastic (parcels containing books are my favourite). Sometimes I win books (possibly because I usually only enter competitions to win books)! Some of my reads come from the library (their search page is high on my favourites) but due to lack of funding it’s pretty difficult to get anything that’s not within the local group. Some are borrowed from family and friends.
Due to the lack of local bookstores, I also buy online. Local retailers such as Readings and Booktopia seem to have magic elves that make the parcel system work faster in cross-country travels. Otherwise, I start looking internationally.
For late night cravings and ‘OMG I’ve bought the second in the series and I need to read the first now’, I’m an eBook fan. I buy Kindle these days because I’ve been burnt too many times by Kobo.
I tend to have a system if I’m looking for a particular book:
- Go to local shopping centre (which has NO BOOKSTORE).
- Go to next local shopping centre (which does have a bookstore).
- Plan a journey to further afield stores.
- Look at online retailers (I try to buy local because the shipping is faster).
- Look at library.
- Look for ebook.
Is it weird that I look for all avenues of physical books first? Do you do the same?
Where do you get your books from?