Where do you buy your books and why?

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Avid readers tend to have strong feelings about how they acquire their books, and inspired by a recent comment Infinite Text made on last week’s Friday Bookbag–about spreading out book shopping between multiple stores–I’ve been thinking a lot about the rationale behind my own book shopping habits.

I used to shop for books almost exclusively at independent bookstores or online via IndieBound.org. I still love indies, but I’ll admit I’ve softened my stance a bit in recent years. The bulk of my book shopping now happens at either Barnes & Noble, for physical books, or in the Kindle Store, for e-books.

(Side note: If you’d told me 5 years ago that a Kindle would be among my most treasured possessions, I’d have laughed in your face. It’s amazing how far e-reader technology has come, and my Paperwhite is a far cry from my old dinosaur of a Nook.)

While it makes sense that I shop in the Kindle Store for, well, Kindle e-books, there isn’t any special reason why I gravitated towards Barnes & Noble; it has more to do with the fact that there are several tempting er, prominent locations nearby, so it’s convenient to drop in.

Since I’m not made of money, I also check out tons of books from my local library. It’s great to have a chance to try out books I think I’ll like, but that I’m not ready to take a $25-$30 risk on. (I often buy my own forever copies of awesome books I first read at the library!)

And all that is to say nothing of my love of used bookstores; I often scour the bookshelves at my local Goodwill, and I’ve also found some great books–especially nonfiction gems–at Midway Book, a giant used and rare bookstore in my neighborhood.

So, fellow book lovers: what say you? Where do you shop? Do you primarily buy new books, used books, or both? Are you a heavy library user? I’d love to hear all about it in the comments!

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