Where We Get Our Books!

August 31, 2013 2013, blogger perspectives, discussion post, tonya 57

From musty secondhand stacks to shiny shelves, electronic, advance, borrowed, or bartered–there’s no wrong way to get a book. (Well, of course there is… but we won’t speak of that now.)

We thought it’d be interesting to chat about this, and to see where and how our bookish friends obtain their books. Here’s where we get ours.

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K’s Book Acquisitions

I think I’m a pretty disciplined book buyer. 

I make sure I buy only books I absolutely love and will read again in the future. I seldom buy books on a whim — and when I do I make sure it’s on sale. Having said this, I do occasionally get the irresistible impulse. Curses!

So where do I get my books? Quite a few places. Number one: the bookstore. I shop at Chapters (the Barnes and Noble of Canada). And mostly, I shop the online store. Attention Canadians, become an irewards member and shop online — it is so much cheaper. Plus, it’s always nice to come home to a package. This doesn’t mean I don’t visit the actual shop and browse because that’ll never happen.

Second-hand book stores. Love them. There are a lot of them in Toronto. My two favorites are BMV and Eliot’s Bookshop. I have no qualms owning books that have been owned before because I really quite like the “prettily worn” look books have — you know, the one that makes them look vintage, like something you’d find in a chest of awesome old things in the creepy but cool attic. Yeah. Luckily, some of the stores I frequent have many books in great condition.

Flea markets. Only once in a while but sometimes they’ll have these “prettily worn” books I just mentioned.

The good old library. My library card is one of the most important cards I carry in my wallet. I’m not even ashamed. I put books on hold like a boss.

My last two are recent but equally great sources of books: NetGalley and Wendy Darling. Since becoming a blogger, I’ve been able to access ARCs. Nowadays, most of what I read is for review and they almost all come from NetGalley. And then there’s Wendy, who sends me packages of beautiful things because she’s awesome. The last one came several weeks ago and I came home to three new books. The Perk of Being Wendy’s Friend.

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Wendy’s Book Acquisitions

I really like this topic, because I’m always interested in seeing where people get their books from. For me, the estimated breakdown is fairly consistent as shown above, with some variations when I’m going through library phases, traveling, or powering through impulsive Kindle purchases. (Man, that one-click button is both your friend and your enemy at 2 o’clock in the morning.)

I’m a little embarrassed to see that figure for ARCs, but I give away or pass onto other bloggers (and occasionally trade) a good amount of that–I think I keep maybe 10% of ARCs permanently. Aside from the ability to pass them on, I also prefer paper ARCs because it’s easier for me to take notes from them, which is why I use NetGalley and Edelweiss very rarely; they’re included in that small percentage of ebooks listed above.

I buy a TON of books, for myself, friends, family, etc, mostly of older titles or duplicates of books I want people to read. It’s ridiculous, and I live in fear of the day Mr. Darling throws up his hands and says, “It’s them or me!” I mean, it’d be so hard to choose between them. 

As for where I buy books? I loooove secondhand bookstores to pick up books I haven’t read yet; I also always look if I’m in a thrift/vintage store or market. I get out of print and hard to find books (mostly vintage children’s) from Half.com, eBay, and Alibris. For overseas titles, I love The Book Depository and Amazon.uk, and of course, Fishpond for Aussie titles. I like buying stuff at independent bookstores to support them when I can, but it’s hard because they’re not too conveniently located, and often don’t have titles I want in stock. I occasionally shop at Barnes & Noble because I don’t want them to go away, but I admit to also buying a large quantity of new books from Amazon, usually ones I’ve already read through galleys or want to give away. Their prices are just too good, and with Prime (and my addiction), it’s just irresistible.

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Tonya’s Book Acquisitions

Like Wendy said, I tend to book-buy in phases. There were a few months in the beginning of the year when I would go to Barnes & Noble every single Tuesday and pick up two or three (or six) books. 

And then my bank account staged an intervention so I had to stop.
There are times when I almost exclusively buy e-books, for the convenience and the savings. I read a lot on the go; during my lunch break, in waiting rooms, at baseball practice, etc., and though we all have our issues with Amazon, my Kindle might be my favorite possession. Carrying thousands of books around with me in one slim tablet, as opposed to the two or three (or six) paperbacks I used to carry around with me constantly? (And don’t even get me started on how my wrists feel about enormous hardcovers.) Yeah, I’m a fan. 
(Although, if I love an e-book, I’ll likely buy a physical copy as well. If I love a book, I want it in my hands.)
Of course, since joining the reviewing world, I do receive quite a few ARCs, though they are probably 80% e-galleys. And I’d hazard a guess that a good 10% of the books I purchased this year were ARCs I’d already read. Like I said, e-book just doesn’t cut it for the important ones. 
I’ve also recently branched out to audiobooks, which I mostly purchase through Audible, and also get from my local library. I wish I could say I utilized my library more; they’re so necessary, and kind of magical if you ask me…. I need to be better about making a point to go. 
Used bookstores and indie bookstores are my favorite, but unfortunately I don’t have many near me anymore. *shakes fist at B&N and Amazon, even though I just admitted to patronizing them almost exclusively and am therefore the very reason indies and used bookstores are falling by the wayside*
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So, we’ve shown you ours. Time to show us yours! Just where do you, dear readers, get your books?

57 Responses to “Where We Get Our Books!”

  1. sherry butcher

    I too get books from the used book store but I also get books from friends and the community library. Luck that some other people here read SiFi like I do.

  2. Christina

    Oh wow, this is so fancy! Mine would have so many gift books on it, though, so I’m not sure I could manage it. Mine would predominantly be Goodwill, though I guess I could just call that a used bookstore.

    Wow, that’s a huge percentage of ARCs, Wendy! So much pressure. I’ve currently got a huge store of them, but I don’t keep many of them either. I try to only hold on to books I plan to reread, and sometimes I do still give it away to a friend so they can love it and later buy one for me. Really just depends.

  3. Lyn Kaye

    If you are curious about me, I would say 65% used bookstore (I have a HUGE Half Price Books and Used Books in Denton -an old Opera House converted into a bookstore). 10% ARCs, 10% Bookstores, 10% Amazon for Kindle, and the rest would be borrowed.

  4. Jen Ryland/YA Romantics

    I did a stats post in January, and for 2012 my breakdown was about 35% bought, 28% Netgalley, 9% swaps/ARC tours, 8% BEA and 8% library, with the remaining 12% from Edelweiss and contest wins. Curious to see how this year matches up — I’m keeping track!

    I have an amazing library — they get everything eventually but they are SO slow in processing new books. Seriously, I can be first on the request list and not get the book until a month after it’s released. That may be why I buy so many books!

  5. readingdate

    This is a good exercise, but I admit I’m scared of how my own numbers would shake out! I know when I visited New York last month I went a little crazy shopping at The Strand and other bookstores and now I’m struggling to find room for these new acquisitions :) Thanks for sharing your book breakdowns – I love seeing how everyone feeds their habit.

  6. Candace

    This is really interesting! I would say probably 60% or so of my books are ARC’s, or at least sent for review. I buy in spurts, like some of you, sometimes going for almost a month not buying any and then ordering several. I do hit that buy button for kindle books more than I should though, but I almost never get the time to read those ones. I prefer paper books cause I share them with a ton of people (I’m a library for my friends and family). I do love the used bookstore and go about twice a month, but I also do trades there, so I’m not really spending much money when I go. Though I do order paperbacks through them when they are new releases since it’s going to cost that much when ordering on line anyway and I prefer to give them the business.

  7. Nikki Vanderhoof

    I don’t get ARCs so all of my reading material is paid for. That being the case, I’m a bargain shopper. I love watching the Amazon Kindle deals for reduced prices and freebies. Other than that, I get a lot from book fairs. Once a year my office hosts a book fair where people bring in their books they don’t want anymore and they resell them for dirt cheap. Then we give the money to charity. My expensive purchases come from graphic novels (Walking Dead) and collectors editions (leather bound classics from B&N)

  8. Nikki Vanderhoof

    I don’t get ARCs so all of my reading material is paid for. That being the case, I’m a bargain shopper. I love watching the Amazon Kindle deals for reduced prices and freebies. Other than that, I get a lot from book fairs. Once a year my office hosts a book fair where people bring in their books they don’t want anymore and they resell them for dirt cheap. Then we give the money to charity. My expensive purchases come from graphic novels (Walking Dead) and collectors editions (leather bound classics from B&N)

  9. Kara_Malinczak

    I’ve had to severely rein in my book buying, but in normal periods I would say 50% of my book acquisitions comes from buying, either for my Kindle or in Books A Million. The other half is ARCs, mostly from Edelweiss and NG, but I also get a lot of books from my blogger friends too, so I really have no idea. LOL.

  10. Amy

    I love this post. It’s so cool to see what percentage of your books come from where. I have no clue what my percentages are, but I assume about 50% are probably review books whether physical or digital. I buy a lot of books for my nook and kindle also. I love going to my library, but sadly, I almost never have time to read the books I check out lol! I do use their digital site a lot for audiobooks though. They have such a large selection. I do buy physical books if I think it’s a book I will love, or a book I have already read and know that I loved it and need to have it. I tend to buy more digital books of ones I’m not sure about.

  11. Savannah Bookswithbite

    Love this! I get most of my books from Walmart/Target/HEB. I have no bookstore near me. Well I do but both are over 40 minutes away. I also buy them off of The Book Depo. Since Amazon starting charging Tx resident more taxes.

  12. Kim

    I really like this topic too. I’m always interested to see where other bloggers get most of their books. For me, it’s from buying them. I would say probably around 60 – 70% of my books are bought, 25% are ARCs, and the rest are library and/or borrowing from other people. If I like a book, then I want to buy it. Or if I really like an author, I want to buy the book to help their sells. Plus, I always feel bad when I request an ARC and don’t like it and/or can’t seem to get into the book.

  13. Liviania

    I’m getting a lot more egalleys now (Netgalley, Edelweiss) because I can take my Kindle to work and read on it during lunch easier than a paper book.

  14. Christina @ Christina Reads YA

    “*shakes fist at B&N and Amazon, even though I just admitted to patronizing them almost exclusively and am therefore the very reason indies and used bookstores are falling by the wayside*” < -- Me too, sadly. I'd love to say that I had as much variety as you ladies do but most of my physical books come from Amazon. They'd offered me a free Prime membership as a student a few years back and I haven't gotten around to canceling it o.O. Like you said, Wendy, Prime is just too good! I used to be a frequent Borders buyer, but that disappeared; there's also no B&N near me. There's an under $10 bookstore, but when I was there, I didn't see anything I wanted o.O. And now there's Crown Books, but again didn't see anything I wanted there either. I needs to do research on good bookstores nearby. Tonya, I’m with you on buying physical copies if I LOVE LOVE LOVE the book. I own e-book and physical copies of nearly all of Kristin Cashore’s books and for the Raven boys and the Bone Season, I own the audiobook and the hardcover. Those are just the ones I can think of now. But yes. So nice to have the physical copy too! Wendy, I’m with you on physical ARCs. I don’t usually keep them either, and they are easier to read, even if I don’t take notes like you do. Also, er, I still have some of yours :O. I’m pretty sure I commented towards the beginning of summer that I had to read Assassin’s Curse so I could link back here and I still haven’t. I read Pivot Point but not AC. I am a fail o.O. K, I wish I had your control when it comes to book buying impulses. I tell myself that I am on a book buying ban constantly, yet somehow that never seems to register with my twitchy one-click buying finger. ALSO YES I JUST SAW YOUR BANNER WITH THE C.S. LEWIS QUOTE AND MAJOR WIN! Did you read his essays :)? They were so great!

  15. ahz1

    I get most of my books as ARCs and it has been a rather frantic reading month for me. I do buy books from either Book Depository or my local Chapters store. I’m kind of weird though, I have an e-reader for the ARCs but I prefer to buy the physical book just because it has a pretty cover and is a tangible thing. I love shopping at used book sales at our local library. A few summers ago, we were away and we found a fantastic small town book sale. Lots of bargains. There’s nothing better than the hunt for cheap books.

  16. ahz1

    Second hand bookstores in Montreal are very expensive. You should check out the library sales on the West Island. You’ll find more English books. Dorval, Pointe Claire, and DDO have good sales, usually in the fall.

  17. Kate!

    I would say I purchase approximately 85% of the books I read. It is…an expensive hobby. The day Mr. Kate does the math is probably the day he cuts up all my debit cards to be honest hahaha. That 85% is almost entirely from Barnes and Noble stores, though occasionally I will order something I can’t find from their website. It’s sometimes annoying because I might end up with a book I don’t like, and then because I bought it I feel like I have to keep it. Ultimately, I enjoy giving books away and will occasionally, if I didn’t loathe the book, donate it to the library or etc. If I DID loathe it, I sell it to my local used bookstore for trade in vintage classics.

    I will also order foreign titles through fishpond or book depository. I don’t buy books (or anything, if it can be helped) from Amazon because I kind of hate what they are doing to publishing. It kills me soul that they are in a partnership with audible, which I use primarily for favorite books I want to re-read.

    The other 15% is usually made up of ARCs Caitlin or Christine send me. I do read some egalleys, but I prefer hard books in general so I don’t really use netgalley much. I love librarians and libraries, but I also don’t love using them. I feel like I’m always seeing something weird on a page and then I spend all my time wondering what it is instead of just reading.

  18. Molli Moran

    I LOVE used bookstores. There is one about two hours away from me that is AMAZING, but I don’t get to go that often. I could just get lost wandering around in there.

    I’d say ARCs account for about 50% of my books, too, though I do try to trade or pass them on when I can. I’ve gone more to e-arcs – more difficult to take notes on, but I don’t end up with so many left over.

    I also go through book buying phases, then I’ll put myself on a ban for awhile.

    Nice to see y’all’s breakdowns! :)

  19. Mary @ BookSwarm

    About half of my books are ARCs (mainly Netgalley and Edelweiss) and the other half are purchased (mainly Amazon…yes, I know. I feel bad about that, too. But I do buy from B&N, too!). With my physical ARCs, most of them end up on my classroom bookshelf or passed along to fellow teachers, so I *definitely* prefer physical ARCs (though I’m bad about forging and keeping publicist connections, esp. since they move around so much. *sigh*).

  20. Joyous Reads

    I’m most likely 80% book purchase, 10% Net Galley and 10% ARCs. I don’t get many ARCs, to be honest.

    This is a great perspective, ladies.

  21. Melliane

    what an interesting topic! I confess I also have a lot of ARCs, at last half of it. Well maybe more. And I have a partenership with French publishers as well so I have the books I want each month from them. I have some from Friends too and well I love bookdepository lol.

  22. Melanie

    I tend to get most of my books from publishers, libraries and online bookstores. TBD is just amazing, whoo for free shipping!

    Thanks for sharing, ladies! <33

  23. Tanja - Tanychy

    This is really interesting. I think that for me NetGalley is first and also books for blog tours. I like you Wendy love TBD, but also buying ebooks from Amazon can be addicting, especially when you see some great deals. Thanks for sharing this girls :)

  24. Becca

    Interesting post!

    Like most of us, I live on a budget. I don’t want to sink $20 into a hardcover that I may not like. I usually only buy new books if they’re by an author I really like, or if I’ve gotten a strong recommendation from a friend.

    I do have an Audible subscription though. It makes my commute so much easier!!

    Beyond those, a large chunk of my books come from the library. My local library allows us to reserve books even before they’re released, which is nice. (Although not so much for the instant gratification. I think I’m #20 of 60 on the waiting list for Allegiant?) I often look at blogs like this one and reserve whatever looks interesting. If I really, really love something, then I’ll find a way to acquire a hard copy.

    I also have a Kindle, which is nice for traveling or the gym. Yes, reading on the elliptical machine is one of the few ways I can motivate myself to exercise!!

  25. Shannelle C.

    There aren’t a lot of used bookstores in the Philippines, just these big three bookstores that I know of. And I get most of my books these days either through Netgalley, or I borrowed from a friend. I’m planning on going on a book-buying craze for the book fair that’s coming up.

  26. Sarah Johnson

    I buy most of my books from bookstores (like Books a Million or even Walmart), the occasional used bookstore, e-books, and Netgalley. I don’t go to the library as often because I don’t do well with time returns lately.

  27. Melody Silverleaf

    This is a fabulous post! Where do I get my books? Absolutely anywhere the cover captures me. Could be the bookstore (new or used), library used book sales, yard sales, online, borrowed and/or hand me downs from a friend,Nook suggestions, etc.
    I have won a few giveaways from Goodreads, but haven’t for a long time. It’s sad too, one I won got me hooked on the Morganville Vampire series.
    I should go to the library more – would be better on the budget. When I was little I spent a lot of time at the local library. I loved the sound of the date stamp machine and the smell of the books. I still love the sound of a library plastic dust jacket opening. LOL

  28. jml

    At least 90% of what I read (and listen to) comes from the public library. The other 10% are split between gifts or loans from friends and a very few book purchases (fewer than 5 a year often with gift cards).

    We stopped buying new books, CDs, movies et c. about 10 years ago at a time when money was very tight, and we just have never restarted. We do pay $75/year as a family to be a non-resident member of the larger county library system rather than our stand-alone town library. But that includes free ILL and books for 4 voracious readers.

  29. Traci @ The Reading Geek

    Love this post!
    I buy the majority of my books. I only keep the ones I absolutely love and then donate the rest to my local library. I mostly shop at BN because it’s the only bookstore near me. However, if I do go into the city then I will always make a stop at my favorite indie and used bookstores. I’m also guilty of buying a lot of kindle books because like you said, that one click button is tempting. I used to use Edelweiss and Netgalley more, but have really cut back the past few months.

  30. Wendy Darling

    Oh, like I said–I go through phases with the library, Keertana! I’ve been known to come home with literally 20 books at once, but it’s been awhile since I was in the habit of going regularly.

    I usually only buy NEW books that I have already read and love (and will reread), but there’s always the occasional exception.

  31. Wendy Darling

    Oh, no need to be ashamed! Queues are often so long for popular titles that other patrons are probably grateful not to have the competition. ;) The libraries around me don’t have great YA sections either, especially since as bloggers we read a lot anyway. Thanks for sharing your habits with us!

  32. Wendy Darling

    I hear that a lot from friends in Australia, Sharon. :( I haunted the Dymocks in Sydney, but since we also visited a ton of other bookstores (new and used), I can see what you mean.

  33. Wendy Darling

    I went through a manic NetGalley/Edelweiss phase for about the first year that I started reviewing too, Jasprit! I’ve calmed down considerably, and paper ARCs work so much better for me right now. But I wish I lived or worked closer to a bookstore, like you do. Or maybe that’d be a bad idea, hah, I can’t resist browsing stores if I’m in the vicinity, so my habit would probably be even worse than it is right now.

  34. Wendy Darling

    Oh, I know all about buying duplicates, hah. I do the same if there’s an egalley that I love. I find it so interesting to hear about everyone’s library habits in different countries (or even within the USA), everyone seems to do it so differently. Trading is such a help, too, if there are titles you desperately want but can’t get any other way. Or at least not without a lot of difficulty.

  35. Wendy Darling

    Your book allowance money is awesome, Sarah. :D And my tidy little heart loves that you have everything tracked in a spreadsheet! Heee. I probably spend more money on books than I do most other things, so it’s really not too bad in the scheme of things.

    I love when indies get to do the author signings–we have a few in the suburbs that do amazing jobs with those. I know what you mean about having a problem returning books to the library, too–I am such a mood reader that sometimes I’ve taken stacks of books out only to return half of them unread.

    I didn’t realize you used to blog, Sarah! I definitely feel that pressure to read stuff sometimes, especially with unsolicited copies. Still, publishers are really great to us for the most part, and I’ve never been hounded about reviews; I think they can see the volume of books we’re covering.

  36. Wendy Darling

    I’m actually surprised how many used bookstores there are around Los Angeles, Elaine–I moved here from Washington, DC, which is supposedly more interested in reading/education, but all the used bookstores I used to go to there have shut down, except for a couple that are a little out of the way.

    I love TBD! And ebooks are great too, I do read a lot of non-review/pleasure books that way.

  37. Wendy Darling

    I have only won one giveaway ever, Sara, and I was floored by that! But then again I rarely enter, too. That’s awesome that you have a book club in your town, I wish we had indies that were closer to me.

  38. Jennifer Messerschmidt

    My books mostly come from the library or eBook purchases. I buy my favorite authors in hard copy or when I go to an author signing. Most of my review books come from netgalley or an eBook from the author for a blog tour. Probably 3/4 1/4 review books.

  39. Keertana

    I find it so interesting that all three of you use the library so minimally. I get roughly 50% of my books from there, another 10% I actually buy, maybe 20% from NetGalley and Edelweiss, another 10% are ARCs from publishers, and I borrow another 10% from friends or acquire from trades. Like K, I only buy books when I know I’m going to be re-reading them, but I really loved this break-down – it’s so interesting! Great post, ladies!(:

  40. Valeria Andrea

    Last week I found 1984 in a flea marked. The blue eyed cover.
    I about died :3
    & I don’t go to the library. Why, because libraries in Mexico are…, uh, they aren’t.

  41. Valeria Andrea

    Last week I found 1984 in a flea marked, with the blue-eyed cover.
    I about died :3
    & I don’t go to the library> Why, because libraries in mexico are…, uh, they aren’t. Sadly.

  42. Becca

    So interesting to see how you girls buy / get books! I’m probably in between Tonya and Wendy. I buy books in phases as well, and when I buy, I tend to go crazy! I probably get equal amount of ARC paperbacks as I do ebooks, although I’m not a Netgalley user. I stick to Edleweiss. And I’m ashamed to say that I rarely use the library. I tend to just go ahead and buy a book or trade books with friends before I go to the library — partly because my local library has a pretty sparse YA section.

  43. Sharon ObsessionwithBooks

    For cost & convenience a majority of my book purchases are eBooks from Amazon or audio from audible. The bookstores & libraries closest to me (I’m in Australia) unfortunately don’t stock the books/authors I tend to read or my YA selection is limited. NetGalley/edelweiss review books would make up around 25% of what I read.

    This is such a great post, thank you for sharing. :-)

  44. Brenda

    Mine woud be split between library and purchased. The books I’ve purchased tend to be authors that I really enjoy reading or a book that I’ve skimmed through at a store and I already know I’m going to love. I’ve also been fortunate to win a few ARC’s and was asked to review an ebook by an author.

  45. Jasprit

    This is such a fun post ladies! I think since I’ve started blogging the majority of my books are ARCs too. I don’t get as many physical books as I used too, as I’ve become quite good in only requesting those that I want, but it’s become much harder now on NetGalley and Edelweiss, especially when you’re on auto-approval for some publishers. Also from here I’m able to get more access to books which aren’t even available in my country! Bonus! I used to also live in the library and bookstore. My bookstore is actually just nearby to where I work, so I love going in there and having a browse once in a while. I try not to request many books from the library, as lately I’ve become such a hoarder that I don’t even get to read the book before someone else has requested it and I have to return it. Also in the last year Amazon and The Book Depo have become my best friends. Especially since I got my Kindle, that one click button I can never resist. Well you can see how much fun I had discussing this post with you after my mini-novella! Thanks for sharing ladies! :)

  46. ang

    I won’t lie: Though I know Amazon is a variation on the devil in the publishing world, when you’ve got a book habit that is as unwieldy as mine is, they seem necessary. That said, the majority of my books were purchased from a traditional, brick and mortar store. Maybe 3-4% of my books are ARCs – I reviewed for a while for a blog, and I used NetGalley some, but mostly, I buy my books from Barnes and Noble or a local store (in the case of Austin, that’s Book People (and then angels siiiing).

    I have mixed feelings on eBooks/galleys. I will read them, and I’ve bought my share of books on Kindle, but to be frank: nothing will ever beat the feel of a book in-hand for me. Also, I find the experience of reading books as opposed to reading on my Kindle more satisfactory (also, long books seem EXTRA long in eBook format). So, while there are 120 books on my Kindle, many of them were gifted to me, and reading actual books is always my priority.

    I’ve also got some friends who either work for pub houses or for review blogs who randomly send me boxes of books. These are sometimes ARCs but usually not. This acquisition of free books helps me justify what I spend otherwise. ;)

    Interesting post, gals. Thanks for sharing.

  47. Rachel

    This is an interesting breakdown. I wonder what my stats would be, but I reckon a lot would be
    ARCs. I don’t buy that many books anymore, I can’t squeeze in the time to read them! If I do buy they’re e-copies or audiobooks. I’ve taken quite a shine to audio books because they make my long commute back and forth to work bearable. Plus, I have such a limited time for reading working full time! *sigh* Great post ladies! :)

  48. the_bosix @ Bookish Randomness

    About 80% are e-books that I have bought, then 5% would be paperback duplicates of my favorite ebook reads, 13% are e-ARCs, and then 2% of library reads for school.
    I rarely go to a library, mostly because I live in Latvia and the books are all translations from English (I hate translations- they`re pretty shabby), most of them aren`t even from a genres I like.
    I do sometimes trade with other English-book readers from Latvia, like 4 times a year, maybe.

    Great post, guys!

  49. vanessa cianciarelli

    Nearly 100% are bought:
    1. Book Depository or chapters.indigo.ca, depending on which is the cheapest to buy.
    2. If an ebook format cost less than a hardcopy, I order it from Kobo.
    3. Sometimes, I buy used book from amazon.ca but I hate that it cost $7 for shipping.

    I wish I could use the library more often, but I’m from Montreal and most library books are in French. Also, my local library doesn’t have good YA collection. I haven’t found a good secondhand bookstore. If you know anyone from Montreal, please do let me know which secondhand bookstore I should check out :)

    I’m lucky that I’m a slow reader and that I only read 40 books a year, so I spend maybe $300-400CDN a year.

  50. vanessa cianciarelli

    Mine are nearly 100% bought from either the Book Depository and chapters.indigo.ca, depending on which is the cheapest to buy. K. is right: if you’re an ireward member, it is cheaper to buy online. If an ebook format costs less than a hardcopy, I buy it from Kobo. I’m lucky that I’m a slow-reader and that I read only 40 books a year :)

    I wish I could use the library more often, but I’m from Montreal and most library books are in French. Also, my local library doesn’t have good YA collection. And I haven’t found a good secondhand bookstore.

    If you know anyone from Montreal, please do let me know which secondhand bookstore I should check out.

  51. Sarah (Escaping Through Books)

    As someone who loves to keep track of where I get my books in an Excel spreadsheet, this post made me smile! I just calculated my monthly spending total on books for August and it is around $250. I should really cut back on the book buying, but it’s my entertainment budget. I don’t go to concerts/sports games or out to eat very much, so I like to spend my money on books.

    I buy almost all of my books. Amazon gets a TON of my money each month because I am always buying Kindle books, shiny new hardcovers, and Audible audiobooks from them. But I do like to support my local indie whenever I can, and they make it easy because they always have tons of great author signings!

    I’d like to try to use the library more, but I tend to check out books and then end up buying a copy of it (and returning the library’s copy unread) so I can take my time with it. It’s a weird habit.

    I also trade books with Goodreads friends and book bloggers all the time. I love doing this because my shelf space is limited, so it helps to get some books out of my apartment when I’m acquiring more.

    Because I am no longer a book blogger, I don’t get physical ARCs or e-galleys, but I never really actively tried to receive many of those when I was a blogger anyway. I don’t like feeling “pressured” to read something.

    While my wallet is not happy with the amount of books I buy each month, I am because I like that I am supporting all these authors so they can write more great books.

  52. rabbitsfortea

    ‘The Perk of Being Wendy’s Friend’ indeed :P
    I’m jealous of you guys having second hand bookstores as an option to get your books at because in Singapore, we rarely have those and when we do, they are entirely different from what you get in the US, Canada or UK etc.

    I think a huge percentage of my books used to come from the bookstore or the library but I’ve been going on book sprees so often that my wallet is screaming in pain. So I have no choice but to turn to book depository because they have free shipping (yay!) and their prices are so much cheaper than what we get in the bookstore. And of course, not forgetting the saviour of my aching shoulders, ebooks! I probably couldn’t live without those too.

    Oops, I rambled.


  53. Bonnie R

    I’m not positive on percentages but I’d say it’s a fairly even split between Netgalley/Edelweiss, Library and the Used Bookstore. I haven’t been in a Barnes & Noble in forever but I do buy the occasional Kindle book new but that’s fairly rare.

  54. Sara @ Forever 17 Books

    A lot of mine lately come from netgalley & Edelweiss. Moreso than they used to. I try to reign it in but… lol I enter giveaways and such so I win books too. But I still like to buy books from my local indie when I can. I try to get all of my book club books from them (it’s where we meet anyways). But usually I buy from Amazon or Barnes and Noble online. It’s so easy to do when I work at home. A little too easy… This was a great post!

  55. Bookworm1858

    I feel like such a bad book lover because I honestly don’t buy that many books. I get a ton of ARCs through publishers and Amazon Vine though I do prefer digital copies because then I don’t have to figure out storage and when those sources run low, I’m hugely fortunate to have access to a great library. So yeah, I don’t really buy many books though I still own over 500.