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Local book shop closes - where do you buy your books from?


Geoffrey Settle
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Where do you buy your books?  

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  1. 1. Where do you buy your books?

    • In my local book shop
    • On-line at places like Amazon
    • I don't buy books anymore
    • From a second hand book shop
    • In a large city book store
    • In places like the Trafford/Cheshire Oaks Centres


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Certainly not from Amazon. But with Borders closing, we have a choice of Smiths or Waterstones - neither of them "local" bookshops. I think a lot of the problem at both is their book buying policy - if you are not a "big name" they don't want to know. When I was marketing my own book I found my best outlets were shops that don't sell books normally. I more or less sold out and made a profit, so my advice to authors would be to try selling through unusual outlets and to book buyers, try and find an independent bookseller. Nearest is Hale, Altrincham, I believe.

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I buy my books from Borders and will miss it :cry:

 

Was in there at weekend and all credit to the staff as despite finding out the hard way that they are loosing their jobs they were as helpfull and friendly as ever.

 

Sadly I could not buy the book I had in my hand when I got to the till as it was checked against a long list and apparently some publishers had put injunctions on Borders that day to stop them selling their books. :cry:

 

Good luck to all the staff at Borders and I hope you all find new jobs soon x

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Coch Y Bondu Books, Internet.

 

At one time, "Shued Hill" in Manchester for second hand books.

 

Out of print books on the internet if I want them badly enough.

 

Had a couple of bargains of out of print books at Book Fairs at Parr Hall.

 

Agree with others on here, even modern books can be hard to get hold of in the modern bookshops in Warrington. So it's either thumb through Yellow Pages or tinternet. I know which is the easier (sadly).

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Isn't the Book Loft still going in Warrington? There's an indpendent bookshop in Alty, right by M&S as it faces the market, and I think the second hand one, Abacus, is still going strong. Lymm's not had a bookshop since God was a boy....

 

I like bookpeople.co.uk and bibliophile.co.uk but I do also like amazon. I think tesco & co selling new books at half the RRP has had as much impact on bookshops as the internet though. Certainly the local CD shops like Music Zone got squeezed out by their prices. Nobody can compete with sellers like the supermarkets, simply because they can take a tiny profit on these additional goods, on the basis that they are making their money on your groceries to cover running costs and staff. You're in there anyway buying bog roll, they sell cheaper than anyone else, what you gonna do? :?

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I'm sorry but supermarkets only ever seem to sell fiction and cookery books.

 

Can't really compare them to the likes of Borders who sell an enormous range of books where you can even sit down and browse through the content of the books before you buy.

 

Not into fictional story books myself but I do like the more informative topics and learning aids depending on what tickles my fancy at the time :wink::lol:

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Isn't the Book Loft still going in Warrington? There's an indpendent bookshop in Alty, right by M&S as it faces the market, and I think the second hand one, Abacus, is still going strong. Lymm's not had a bookshop since God was a boy....

 

I like bookpeople.co.uk and bibliophile.co.uk but I do also like amazon. I think tesco & co selling new books at half the RRP has had as much impact on bookshops as the internet though. Certainly the local CD shops like Music Zone got squeezed out by their prices. Nobody can compete with sellers like the supermarkets, simply because they can take a tiny profit on these additional goods, on the basis that they are making their money on your groceries to cover running costs and staff. You're in there anyway buying bog roll, they sell cheaper than anyone else, what you gonna do? :?

 

I would have thought you would be a D.H.Lawrence fan, LP. :D

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Borders was a great facility, including the Starbucks facility and it just shows the depths of this depression the country is in that places like this are closing down.

I don't use the word depression lightly either.

The economy is going to continue to tumble for some time to come and only the strong will survive.

It is a shame organisations like Borders who run national chains don't engage a little more with the local community - then they would have a chance.

 

Oh and I can't vote because the only place I ever have the time to buy a book is an airport! :oops:

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I tend to use Amazon because I need specialist books for my course and they are usually over ?25 new. On Amazon I can buy them second hand for a fraction of the price and usually they are in very good condition.

 

Amazon also has a members club (Vine club) and they send you a list of new books. You simply select two for free and review them. You just have to be one of their established reviewers.

 

Borders was good because you could always find somewhere to sit and look at books as well as having a chocolate and a sticky bun :D

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I would have thought you would be a D.H.Lawrence fan, LP. :D

 

Cannot abide the drivelling little pervert's watery nonsense. Never could. Maudlin tripe that only ever got an outing because of the smutty bits, and frankly, they were more irritating than interesting. Can't think why you'd link that sort of twaddle to me. Unless you've not read it..... :twisted:

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Borders was useless.

 

I went in there once, and I wasn't able to concentrate on any of the books I was looking at because of the over-loud, intrusive pop music playing continually in there.

 

Music of any kind is inappropriate for a bookshop, but what Borders chose to inflict on their customers was particularly insensitive. I left and never went back.

 

One of my friends had the same experience and emailed Borders about the problem, explaining that people go to a book shop to look at the books and decide about buying based on what they read on the back cover and flipping through the pages, checking the index and so on. If you can't concentrate to do that you may as well order off the Internet.

 

He never had a reply to his email. And now the idiots have closed down. Who cares?

 

There are no sellers of intelligent books in Warrington. It has to be Amazon.

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Lymmparent is clearly not only someone who isjudging DHL on just one of his novels, but also someone with no appreciation of the use of language. I quite agree that his use of four letter words was unnecessary and I did not think much of Lady C, but to suggest that one of the finest ever writers in the English language only got his book published for that reason shows complete ignorance. In fact, he got it published DESPITE the language, not BECAUSE of it. Unlike many novelists and screenwriters today!

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Bit harsh Carmina F and I'd hardly call the staff idiots in there :roll:...... and I can't say I ever noticed the very loud music either. Maybe your hearing aid was turned up too loud :wink:

:lol::lol::lol::lol: ouch.

 

Very sad. WHY do some people not adapt to the way some things are?

Borders was a good shop that was multi-functional. If you have concentration powers, perhaps sitting at home and trying Amazon is the best thing.

Just which part of the shop was noisy???

:?:roll:

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I'd have thought concentration 'problems' is a more apt comment as anyone with the 'power' of concentration, like me :D , can cope wonderfully in most environments. :?8):lol:

 

Now I sit and wait for Carmilla's reply telling me that I obviously NEED to turn my hearing aid UP... when she gets back from the library of course :D:wink:

 

Anyway, I've said it before and I'll say it again.... I will miss Borders and it's helpfull and friendly staff. I was trully impressed with the professional manner in which they all continued to do their jobs right to the very end despite just finding out the hard way that they were losing their jobs before Christmas and watching the store being emptied of all stock AND fixtures and fittings before their own eyes.

 

I wish them all well :cry:

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