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Old 02-03-2012, 06:13 AM   #2071
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In the Amazon vs large chain bookstores vs small, personally owned book stores, I'm stymied. The fact is, I've always read a lot more than I (or my parents when I was young) could possibly afford. My reading is, #1 - from the library; #2 - from used book sales, and very lastly, #3 - new, from a book store. As much as I love the concept of book stores, there is no way I can buy 3+ books a week from an individual bookseller, even if I wait for everything to come out in paperback.

A couple of times, recently, I bought books from Amazon, paying only for the shipping. A book for a penny, literally, $0.01. And both times they were in new condition.

I don't much care how pretty a book is. As long as all the pages are there and it is in one piece. I buy them for reading, not for decor. They usually do not live in my house for very long (although you might not believe that if you saw the 100s of books in this house). I have, over the years, had friends who cannot part with a book. If I did that, I could build this house and probably the others on my block, using the books for bricks. And that's just the books I've owned, not library books.

Gourmet Greg really said it when it comes to not buying fiction. I have a couple shelves of classics I keep thinking I might re-read some day (so many books, so little time, why re-read when there is so much I've never read?). So my purchases tend to be nonfiction. Reference, history, some bio, and let's not forget, a hundred or so cook books and related (food bios, food history, food encyclopedias).

Anyway, if I was rich and had a mansion, yes, I'd buy from an individual bookseller. Dubuque's big box bookseller crashed this past year (not B&N, the other one, mind not functioning).

That said, the art of reading a book is not going away. When I was a kid, I never saw a book store. I didn't live in a big city (well, Wiesbaden, but reading German when I was 11? American library for me!). By the time I was 30, even relatively small town strip malls had one of the chains; Brentanos, etc. You'd never see that in a small town when I was younger. I work my library's annual used book sale, and every year it gets bigger and bigger. We've had to change venues twice since I moved here ten years ago, because we get more book donations .... and more and more buyers. Individuals, very small town/school libraries, seniors, and families. Small-town used book sellers. There are people like me .... I buy a couple of sacks of books ... then re-donate them the next year, after reading most of them. So the library makes out both ways. Reading a book isn't going away any time soon.

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Old 02-03-2012, 06:33 AM   #2072
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I just ordered two books from Amazon:

1) 'The Universe is a Green Dragon' by Brian Swimme (Love this scientist's videos)
2) 'Don't Take Your Life Personally' by Ajahn Sumedho

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Old 02-03-2012, 07:10 AM   #2073
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so who is it that's reading all those books in this country? how many claires do we have out there? lots and lots, i hope. but most of the people who have populated my world have not been serious readers--unless they were keeping it a secret for some reason...could it be there's a whole subculture of closet readers out there that none of us knows about? who IS buying all those kindles anyway, i wonder.... :)
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Old 02-03-2012, 07:15 AM   #2074
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Actually, DC is the biggest collection of readers I've ever seen or been around. I've known people who were proud of the fact they never read a whole book, I don't tend to spend much time with them, we have almost nothing in common, aside from breathing oxygen.
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Old 02-03-2012, 10:04 AM   #2075
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Originally Posted by pacanis View Post
MAUSER Military Rifles of the World, by Robert Ball.
It's available for Kindle, but you'll miss out on all the pictures if you don't have a Fire.
Are you enjoying your Fire? Any glitches?
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Old 02-03-2012, 11:26 AM   #2076
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Originally Posted by PrincessFiona60 View Post
That's really vague...

Google the genre "Urban Fantasy," Neil Gaiman is a writer of "Urban Fantasy." As Sharon T said, "American Gods" is an excellent choice, as is "Anasazi Boys."
Actually I had been having a bit of trouble pinning it down, except the anthology by that title. The additional titles will be very helpful. Thanks!
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Old 02-03-2012, 11:32 AM   #2077
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I think that most people don't read books of any kind. I believe they'd rather watch TV or movies. Of those who do read books it appears to me that many are switching over to e-books. Myself, I'd rather read a nice hard cover edition.

As I said I don't buy fiction. I get my fiction at the public library. I have a few souvenir fictions (Tolkien's Lord of the Rings) but most of my books are reference, either "how to" books related to my various hobbies, or cookbooks. I figure out which ones I want to buy by checking them out at the library first, read them and use them a while, and then the ones that turn out to be most useful I buy either new or used on Amazon.
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Old 02-03-2012, 11:43 AM   #2078
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Back in the late 70's I given to me as a gift, the complete hard copy set of the Kent Chronicles Series by John Jakes. The first book was The Bastards. This series was written for the Bi-Centennial. I loved these books. And I still have them. About every other year I read them again.
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Old 02-03-2012, 12:06 PM   #2079
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Originally Posted by PrincessFiona60 View Post
Neil Gaiman is a writer of "Urban Fantasy." As Sharon T said, "American Gods" is an excellent choice, as is "Anasazi Boys."
Okay, thanks! I located them at my public library and reserved them to be sent to my local branch.
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Old 02-03-2012, 01:33 PM   #2080
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Oh, Yes. "American Gods" is really good too.
What a coincidence. I picked up "American Gods" last week and am now about 3 chapters in.

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