A Bookish Summer Blog Hop: Where Do You Buy Your Books?

17:12:00 Jo Linsdell 26 Comments


A Bookish Summer Blog Hop: Where Do You Buy Your Books?


Today I'm hosting another stop on the A Bookish Summer Blog Hop. This time the question is "Where do you buy your books?"

I get a lot of books for free from publishers and authors. Some approach me directly requesting a review, others I get via Net Galley. I do a lot of reading on my kindle app on my ipad now and get a lot of books from Amazon. Whenever I go back to the UK for a visit I check out the charity and discount shops for bargain books. I have to limit myself though or my hubby moans about my books taking over our home. He prefers it when I get ebooks as our flat isn’t really big enough for a lot of bookshelves. My dream is to one day have a house with a big library like the one Belle had in Beauty and Beast ;)




What the gang had to say:



A Bookish Summer Blog Hop: Where Do You Buy Your Books?
Kelli Quintos
www.tangledintext.com

I actually only buy maybe 2% of the books I own. I’m gifted a lot from publishers and indie authors who reach out to be through my blog, but the majority of books I read are through my library. The only flaw to that plan is when all ten of my holds at random times become available at once and I cry a little bit because I can’t possible read all of them in the two weeks they grace my presence. I usually end up buying books when I have already read them and I want to keep a copy to read again or in case any of my friends decide to enjoy reading miraculously, so I can share a copy with them. The library thing usually works out great though with a book or two coming in once a week and helps regulate and provide an incentive to keep up with my reading because of their due dates.

A Bookish Summer Blog Hop: Where Do You Buy Your Books?

For the longest time, I would depend on the generosity of others to get books. Especially before I had a job, since that meant I also had no money. As I would review more and more books on my blog, I would get review copies from authors who wanted their books featured, or I would follow an author I was interested in until they posted a discount/giveaway, at which point I would swoop in and make off like a bandit! I have downloaded a lot of books from Amazon, and just recently I discovered the joys of buying books online from Barnes & Noble, so I’ve used that to try and round out my personal library. But the only books I actually buy are books I’ve read before, since I know they’re worth the money I’m spending! I don’t buy a lot of books sight-unseen; if a book looks interesting, I’ll check it out from the library first. If I like it, I buy it. If an author whose ebooks I’ve read and loved offers signed copies for a fair price, I’ll take them up on their offer!

A Bookish Summer Blog Hop: Where Do You Buy Your Books?

I get most of my classics from yard sales and goodwill. The more contemporary stuff I get from Amazon. However I have the propensity to get them at the library or audible before I buy them. I used to just buy every book I wanted to read and I found that was a waste of books and money. However, I did find a great place to take those books. We have a place here called The Book Thing. It’s in the inner city and allows anyone to come in and take books for free. It burned down just before my wedding and I donated every book that I was keeping just because I can’t bear to part with books to them.

A Bookish Summer Blog Hop: Where Do You Buy Your Books?


I get a few free books from publishers and I’m always on the lookout for sales on Amazon to buy Kindle books.  This year I went to the BookCon in NYC and got a lot of free books there also!


A Bookish Summer Blog Hop: Where Do You Buy Your Books?


Where do you buy most of your books? Let us know in the comments below.

26 comments:

  1. I buy from our local bookstores but mostly only when there's a bargain sale. Same with eBooks, I one-click those $1.99 deals. :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. That's great that you support your local bookstores. I definitely would if they stocked more books in English. I do read in Italian too but prefer to read in English.

      I guess we all love a good book bargain ;)

      Delete
  2. I'm a freebie scouter but also buy from Amazon

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I think Amazon is probably where a lot of people buy their books. I know some people aren't a fan of the site, but they definitely have one of the widest selections of books available.

      I also get books from Book Depository (owned by Amazon) some times. I love their free shipping!

      Delete
  3. I am like Kelli - I get a lot of my books from the library and only buy books if I really loved a book and want to reread it.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Libraries are awesome places. I wish ours had more books in English language. I'd get a lot more books from the library if they did.

      Delete
  4. I get a lot of mine from Amazon, publishers and authors, or my local Goodwill! I've had some awesome finds at Goodwill.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I've found some amazing books in charity shops. Growing my book collection and helping raise money for charity = win 😊

      Delete
  5. I get my books from all over the over the place, I do a lot of blog tours, use NetGalley and get approached by others to do reviews. I get daily emails with free ebooks and offers. I recently signed up to a couple of crates, I am awaiting delivery of one and one came last week and I love it, 2 author signed books and bookish loot. Finally I enter competitions and have won a few books. I am going to buy a bigger bookshelf.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I used to review for tours but rarely do now just because of lack of time. I can't always confirm I'll be able to read a book by a specific date. The idea that I have to makes it too stressful.

      I love the idea of subscription boxes. I've seen some amazingly beautiful ones. Unfortunately most don't ship to Italy and those that do are super expensive.

      Delete
  6. Always love hearing where people get their books! We need fo share all our secrets!! ;)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Agreed. There are so many places where readers can get books for free or low cost and sharing about them helps combat piracy sites.

      Delete
  7. I use Netgalley, free books on Amazon, I also receive a lot from the publishers and buy from my local bookshop. You can't have too many books.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Agreed, you can never have too many books.

      Delete
  8. I'm guilty of never buying... I get everything from the library and only buy my absolute favorites. Bookshelf is still full though!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I think it's great that you get most of your books from the library. I always feel sad when I hear of libraries closing so it's nice to hear that people still use them.

      Delete
  9. I usually buy my books, since I’m a new book blogger, but I have approached some publishers and they send me books.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. That's great that you've been approved by publishers and sent books. As an author I'm always happy to hear people still buy books though 😉

      Delete
  10. Great hop. To be perfectly honest I haven't bought a book (except for my son) in a long time as I have so many that I'm trying to get through and everyday I receive more in the post from publishers/authors etc. The last ones I did I bought from a book store called Coles who deal in signed books.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I love the idea of a bookstore that deal in signed books. What a great idea!

      Delete
  11. Yes! I'm a mix. I get them from NetGalley or independent author-publishers. And if it is already released I will get them from Amazon or Barns and Noble.

    ReplyDelete
  12. I usually get mine from Amazon or Netgalley. I love the library too.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I miss the libraries in the UK. Libraries here in Rome do have some English language books but not that many. I'm going to use this as an excuse for creating my own huge library at home though ;)

      Delete
  13. Great post I buy my physical books at BAM, Yard Sales and Goodwill and I buy my e-books on Amazon. I also get free books from publisher and authors for exchanged for an honest review as well. Thank you so much for sharing your awesome post.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I love buying books in charity shops when I go over to the UK to visit. So many great bargains and the money goes to a good cause.

      Delete

Blog Archive