Poll: Where do you get most of your books?
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Jul 16, 2018

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Michael Harris  Identity Verified
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Other Jul 16, 2018

Depends on how quickly I need them.
Generally online, but also from my local book shop asthey are the same price usually.
It is all a matter of convenience.


 

Angus Stewart  Identity Verified
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From traditional book shops Jul 16, 2018

I would happily order books online, but I have found from experience that I am unable to obtain the source language books that I want in that way. The problem is that in the past when I have visited the French or Italian versions of a well known international online book website which shall remain nameless it has refused to sell me the books I want because I am based in the UK. Instead it redirects me to the UK version of its website which I then discover does not stock the books I want. Accordi... See more
I would happily order books online, but I have found from experience that I am unable to obtain the source language books that I want in that way. The problem is that in the past when I have visited the French or Italian versions of a well known international online book website which shall remain nameless it has refused to sell me the books I want because I am based in the UK. Instead it redirects me to the UK version of its website which I then discover does not stock the books I want. Accordingly, I have given up even attempting to buy books online and have recourse to buying in bulk from a traditional book shop when I am travelling abroad.Collapse


 

Yetta Jensen Bogarde  Identity Verified
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Traditional public library Jul 16, 2018

Yes, I knew it, I am one of the few still using a public library.
But mine is just 2 blocks away, and here I can indulge in free books and magazines, I love it.

However, sometimes I want to own a book and then I order it online.


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Teresa Borges
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חבר (2007)
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Traditional book shops Jul 16, 2018

I bought most of my books at traditional bookstores. I just can’t resist book shops: I never leave with only one book. Although I also buy online, it’s a completely different experience: I like the smell of books (it’s like coffee or chocolate) and rummaging through a bookstore, opening up new books and reading one or two paragraphs here and there…

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From university Jul 16, 2018

I was used to buying them in traditional bookshops before attending university. Now that my university provides with a rich library, I take them from it.
Currently, I'm reading a book taken from there.


 

Mike Sadler  Identity Verified
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Download from my public library Jul 16, 2018

My local public library (Lincolnshire, UK) has a great selection of fiction and non-fiction available for download. You are limited to three-week loans on the books, renewable if nobody has requested the book in the meantime. I read them on an ebook reader that retailed at 25 GBP when I bought it some years ago. The library doesn't impose geographical limits on downloads so, when I was recently in the US, I was able to download a book from my local library!

 

Edith van der Have
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Public library Jul 16, 2018

Though I own many books, I am an avid reader of public library books. I visit the library at least once a week, and we have a great system to order books from other libraries. Whenever I see a tip about an interesting read, I'll check the online library catalogue first. The three-week loan period encourages me to actually read the books, and my library subscription (50 euro/year) has already saved me at least 10-fold the money
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Though I own many books, I am an avid reader of public library books. I visit the library at least once a week, and we have a great system to order books from other libraries. Whenever I see a tip about an interesting read, I'll check the online library catalogue first. The three-week loan period encourages me to actually read the books, and my library subscription (50 euro/year) has already saved me at least 10-fold the money

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Fiona Gilbert Riley  Identity Verified
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Charity shops Jul 16, 2018

Nowadays if I need a book for professional purposes I go via the actual publisher where possible, via my local bookshop or sometimes via Amazon.

But for reading for pleasure I tend to try my luck at the charity shops and jumble sales. I have stumbled across some unexpectedly satisfying writers that way. And if I don't get on with the book I just donate it to the next shop or sale.

Books are made for sharing, one way or another.


 

Alexandra Speirs  Identity Verified
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all except libraries Jul 16, 2018

Charity shops of course are a good source of reading matter, I stock up whenever I'm back in the UK.
Then my sisters and I circulate all kinds of books until we've all read them.
Some we keep, others go back to the charity circuit.
I presume Angus is referring to Amazon ... I live in Italy, but order books from the UK site and there is no problem having them sent here, just a bit of postage.
But if I'm planning to go back to Scotland, I have them delivered to my sister's
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Charity shops of course are a good source of reading matter, I stock up whenever I'm back in the UK.
Then my sisters and I circulate all kinds of books until we've all read them.
Some we keep, others go back to the charity circuit.
I presume Angus is referring to Amazon ... I live in Italy, but order books from the UK site and there is no problem having them sent here, just a bit of postage.
But if I'm planning to go back to Scotland, I have them delivered to my sister's address and collect them.
We nearly always go by car, so adding a box full of books is not a problem.
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DZiW (X)
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could be Jul 16, 2018

If it's about real (paper) books, there's a reading room with over 1000 items in our home library. Occasionally we buy new and used books too, so it keeps growing. Of course, it started long before me, and only about a hundred of books are related to translation and my fields. This year I'm a little behind my schedule to buy at least one book every month, alas. However, I may compensate it by OCRing old books, journals, and magazines.

As for ebooks, I used to buy CDs/DVDs or P2P and
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If it's about real (paper) books, there's a reading room with over 1000 items in our home library. Occasionally we buy new and used books too, so it keeps growing. Of course, it started long before me, and only about a hundred of books are related to translation and my fields. This year I'm a little behind my schedule to buy at least one book every month, alas. However, I may compensate it by OCRing old books, journals, and magazines.

As for ebooks, I used to buy CDs/DVDs or P2P and download many FTPs, yet it's a bit difficult for me to read from the screen, let alone I got tired of running out of TB space... Now I know it's more than trivial to find some reviews, comments, or passages online--as needed, without printing and downloading it.

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Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
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Online booksellers Jul 17, 2018

When I hear about a book that appeals to me (radio interviews with authors, recommendations from friends, GoodReads, online ads, online browsing, etc.), I promptly order it from Amazon.

 

Miyoung Park  Identity Verified
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Local time: 18:12
חבר (2017)
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Other Jul 17, 2018

I`m going to my local library for Korean books. When I buy books, I use online bookstores or E-downloads.
For English books, I`m buying Amazon Kindle ebooks.


 

Mario Freitas  Identity Verified
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Local time: 06:12
חבר (2014)
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Mostly online Jul 17, 2018

I like to own my books, and I prefer them new. I haven't used libraries for a long time. I mostly buy them from online stores, not only for commodity, but also because they are quite cheaper online than in the physical stores in Brazil.
However, I do sometimes visit the big book stores to look around. It's a pleasant trip. If I find a book I like, I might even buy it, but I'll most likely use the physical store just to look around and decide, then I'll buy the book online when I'm back ho
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I like to own my books, and I prefer them new. I haven't used libraries for a long time. I mostly buy them from online stores, not only for commodity, but also because they are quite cheaper online than in the physical stores in Brazil.
However, I do sometimes visit the big book stores to look around. It's a pleasant trip. If I find a book I like, I might even buy it, but I'll most likely use the physical store just to look around and decide, then I'll buy the book online when I'm back home.

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