Saturday 17 August 2013

15 Day Book Blogger Challenge: Day 6 - Describe how you shop for books

I stumbled across the 15 Day Book Blogger Challenge hosted by April from Good Books Good Wine and it looks like so much fun that I have to take part. You can find out all about the challenge and how to join in HERE. Obviously the idea of the challenge is to take part 15 days in a row but I don't have enough time for that and since April is so relaxed over the rules I've decided  dedicate one day a week to the challenge.

The Day 6 topic is: Describe how you shop for books

I'm trying to keep my book buying to a minimum these days because I have so many unread books already sitting on my shelves waiting for me to get to them. I do have certain series that I just HAVE to buy as soon as any new books are released though and those books tend to be pre-ordered from Amazon so they'll be sent to my door as soon as they are available. I try to order them as soon as they appear on the website to take advantage of the Amazon pre-order guarantee (where you get them for the cheapest price between the day you placed the order & the day the book is shipped out to you) so that I get them for the best possible price. I keep my pre-orders to a minimum though so for a book to make it's way onto my "ordered" shelf on goodreads I have to be a huge fan of the author.

As much as I love to browse the bookshelves in an actual store it isn't something I get to do very often. That's probably a good thing for my wallet but it does mean I can get a little overexcited when I do actually get into a book shop and I have a tendency to go a little crazy. I'm completely drawn to covers so I will often pick up books I've never even heard of just because I like the look of it (am I the only one who doesn't always even read the blurbs on books with pretty covers?). Most of the books I buy are ones that have come recommended by friends or other bloggers though. I have a very wide range of tastes so I can happily spend time browsing any section of the book store but you're most likely to find me checking out the YA books or the adult fantasy section.

I also have a bit of a thing for signed books so that is something I'll always keep an eye out for when I'm in stores or if I'm going to a signing then I'll usually end up taking with me (or buying!) as many of the author's books as I can get my hands on! Both Foyles and Forbidden Planet are fabulous places for picking up signed copies (and for author events), I just wish they were closer to where I live so I could visit them more regularly.

The only type of books I don't really like buying is ebooks, as much as I've grown to love my kindle I still begrudge paying the same amount for ebooks as I would for a print copy. It's annoying really because I'm running out of space for real books so my kindle should be the perfect solution to that! I will occasionally buy ebooks when they're on sale or if it's a novella for a series I love that can't be purchased in print but I mainly keep my kindle for review copies (I'm addicted to netgalley!). I also have an unhealthy obsession with downloading free ebooks from Amazon, I'm sure I'll probably never read the majority of them but if I see it and it's free then I have to have it LOL.

How do you buy your books? Do you prefer print or ebooks? What is your favourite book store?

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