Tuesday, July 24, 2012

DARE ME


is shipping on Amazon. How do they manage those discounts?

Will there be any bookstores left?

How far do you have to go to a brick and mortar bookstore? We have a B & N not too far away, but after that, miles and miles.

24 comments:

Anonymous said...

We have a bookstore less than a mile from us. They've started doing a lot more author signings there lately, including Jennifer Weiner and NY Giants' player Victor Cruz. There's a B & N about 4 miles away and several Independent stores (and another B & N) a little farther away (maybe 5-6 miles).

Jeff M.

pattinase (abbott) said...

New York doesn't count. People still read there I hear.

Prashant C. Trikannad said...

Our nearest bookstore, located inside of a sprawling maul (as I like to call it), is 5 km away but it takes us 45 minutes to get there — one way. People in Bombay spend more time on the road, stuck in traffic jams, than anywhere else.

Some of the new bookstores in Bombay offer discounts of up to 40 per cent on the cover price. My daughter recently picked up the Stieg Larsson trilogy for Rs.700 ($14). A single Larsson novel costs Rs.350 ($7).

Thomas Pluck said...

Montclair has at least two. I go to Watchung Booksellers. But we're a suburb of New York, really.
I ordered my copy from them. Yeah, it's twice what I'd pay on Amazon, but I like my bookstore.

pattinase (abbott) said...

My husband almost taught at Monclair State. We might have been neighbors. Yeah, I just ordered eight from a brick and mortar.

Chris said...

Closest bookstore to me is a Hastings about 1/2 a mile away, maybe a little farther. There is a Barnes & Noble maybe 4 or 5 miles away.

I have two fantastic independent bookstores within a couple miles that get 90% of my business. There is also a great used bookstore about 1/2 mile away as well. Was just there over lunch where I picked up a couple short story collections.

For a town of about 70K (2nd largest in a state with just under or just over a million people, depending on whose statistics you believe), with the closest "big" city either 8 hours south (Salt Lake City) or 8 hours west (Seattle), we're pretty rich with books. Spokane is decent sized, but it's still 3 hours away.

Joe said...

All we have is a B&N in stores where we can buy new books. But as you know, I suspect that trying to stop the advent of more readily available e-books is like spitting into a headwind.

pattinase (abbott) said...

You live in paradise, Chris.
Just B&N for us too, Joe, and not a great one.

Jerry House said...

The nearest new book store to us is the B&N in Annapolis, about fifty miles away. There was a small indy store about five miles away that closed two years ago; it had a very limited selection and unreliable service, in part because we are out in the hinterlands here.

Erik Donald France said...

Half=Price Books is interesting, a blend of "preread" and "new." There are several around Fort Worth, TX. At work, I can walk across the quad to the campus bookstore, though it's limited.

I hope King's Books is still going in Detroit and Ferndale . . .

Joe Barone said...

I have pre-ordered this book and am looking forward to reading it.

Naomi Johnson said...

The nearest bricks & mortar bookstore to me is a B&N, 8.2 miles. The indie mystery store, where my book club meets, is just a fraction over 21 miles. The only bookstores in the entire SW quadrant of this city are adult bookstores.

pattinase (abbott) said...

I guess I should have asked how does this compare to ten years ago. Or even five.
Thanks, Joe. When I was a cheerleader, it wasn't like this.

Anonymous said...

There's a bookstore in the next town, around fifteen miles away. We just lost our one new books store in town. However we have three used bookstores in our town and one in the next town. Other than that, it's an hour and a half. And it seems the new books stores cater to a different taste than mine. I do much of my buying at the used stores or used online. Or the library!
Michel

pattinase (abbott) said...

I am at the library at least three times a week. It makes a good walk from here.

Anonymous said...

We also have two libraries within walking distance, though I usually drive to the one we prefer because lugging all the books home can be heavy.

Jeff M.

Kieran Shea said...

We've a B&N, a couple of rare book shops, and no shortage of comic outlets. The rents are so high. DC and Balt. are better but...that's like 20+ miles in either direction.

pattinase (abbott) said...

You have to ask yourself what happens if B & N goes. Will smaller stores fill the void or will all book buying be online.

Bryon Quertermous said...

Amazon doesn't have any problems managing those discounts because that's about the price of what a book should cost. It's unfortunate that other bookstores have to sell it at the inflated retail price.

We used to have a Borders right around the corner from us in Canton but that closed with the rest of them. But I hear Ann Arbor has a book store or two.

pattinase (abbott) said...

Not as many as once though with Borders and Shaman Drum gone.

Todd Mason said...

People read wherever there are concentrations of people, after all. Or at least they buy books. What's really suffered with the collapse of Borders and the slow dwindling of B&N are the periodicals...no one sees much use in having a newsstand.

pattinase (abbott) said...

Our house is a newsstand. We get over a dozen magazines, most of them weekly. Our recycling bin is filled to the brim every week.

Richard R. said...

I went to Barnes & Noble, 16 miles away, but they did not yet have it. The large Borders closed some time ago, so that's the closest walk-in book store. Next would be Powell's, about 22 miles. I use the library a lot more than I did 5 years ago!

pattinase (abbott) said...

Amazon seems to have it before the pub date, which is next week. Although there is no guarantee B & N will have it. They seem just interested in selling their reading device.