This week raidergirl3 at An Adventure in Reading asks, "Where do you get your books?"
I get my books from any number of places. I often shop the remains tables at the two major book chains in my area. I'm surprised at how many new titles find their way to this table within six months to a year of publication. These hardbacks usually cost $5.98. What a deal! I also shop at my local Friends of the Library bookshelf where books are between 50 cents and one dollar. Then there is the local Salvation Army which has one of the most amazing book collections -- and cheap, cheap, cheap. Lately I've been getting Advanced Review Copies to review through the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program. The cost of these books is merely a review posted at LibraryThing. I used to haunt used bookstores, but these stores have a difficult time staying in business where I live. I try to visit used bookstores when I travel. One of my favorites is Bookmans in Flagstaff. I do purchase books online at a discount and usually wait until I have several titles and then opt for the free shipping. Occasionally I purchase books full price at my local bookstore, but I'm usually pretty desperate if I do this. As a librarian, I would be terribly remiss if I didn't check books out at my public library. My library has a nice online feature for keeping lists of books I want to read in future. I noticed that I was purchasing books because I was worried that I'd forget about a certain title I wanted to read. When online bookstores created wishlists, this helped some but I still found myself buying those books. Now that I keep a list on my library account I'm more likely to borrow many books rather than purchase.
Where am I today? I'm in a dead forest, north of Kiev (yes, Russia). My companions are an old wizard, a young wizard-in-training, a street-wise skeptic of all things magical, and various "Things" (spirits) -- a Yard-Thing, a House-Thing, a Forest-Thing, etc. Oh, and I mustn't forget the rusalka (ghost). This is one of C.J. Cherryh's creations called Rusalka.