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Tell me where you aquired the last five books you read.

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PinkyMcCoversong Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Professional Writer
Here is why I think this will be interesting:

1. People keep talking about PUBLISHING THESE DAYS. I don't think people actually know a lot about what's out there, and I want to know why.

2. I want to know where people find what they like -- stores? Online? Libraries?
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YTcyberpunk Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Where I found the last five books I read:
- "Reamde:" Originally I found it at the library. It was so long that I renewed it too many times. I figured it would be easier to just buy it. So I got a used copy off Amazon. com, for under ten dollars.
- "Dictionary of the Khazar:" we read this book in a college English course. It was so bizarre, I loved it, and kept it instead of selling it back to the school. I re-read parts of it recently.
- "Star Trek: Voyager: Section 31." Originally read a copy from the library, when I was in middle or early high school. Then bought myself a copy from a used bookstore, a few months ago. Started to re-read it, but then "Reamde" came in.
- "Tales from the Mos Eisley Catina." Bought it at the same used bookstore as above. Read one story, loved it, and started on a second one, and forgot about it.
- "Mermaid: A Twist on the Classic Tale." Got for my birthday, after requesting it.
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Kythkyn Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Student Writer
Last five books I have bought and read have all been from either Barnes & Noble or Amazon, and only one was worth reading.
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PinkyMcCoversong Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Professional Writer
How do you browse?
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Kythkyn Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Student Writer
Amazon? Well, I usually have to do research. But the last five I bought were for a class, so I didn't have to browse so much as be dictated to as to what to purchase. Sad to say, out of the seven in total, I enjoyed one. I tend to prefer brick and mortar though, unless I know what I am looking for exactly.
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Caedy Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
The last five books I've read, that I've liked, have come from the Library.

I also get books on Amazon.com (both print and e-book), and when I was in St. Augustine for school, there was this awesome little book store, it is where I managed to get almost all of my Outlander collection.
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PinkyMcCoversong Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Professional Writer
What sorts of displays/promos do you browse?
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Caedy Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I look at the new releases, and my local library has an awesome set of new released YA books (or as the chick that set it up refers to it as the "LOOK AT ALL THE PRETTY COVERS!".

I look at the various "themes" that are set up through out the store on the display tables (especially when in B&N) and as far as promos if it has something that will catch my eye I am more drawn to it than the subdued type of promo/display. I'd seen one display that was rainbow coordinated - had like a couple of books whose covers were each color of the rainbow all lined up properly and it was in support of LGBT pride (though the books were not necessarily geared toward that community/focus group, but some were). It was definitely one of my favorite promotions and displays.

I also love displays of local authors, had a chance to meet a local author at the library (unfortunately missed her book signing about an hour earlier because I was at work).
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The-Theory-Liz Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Amazon.com

I have a Kindle and I do like it, but I am now in a location with a spectacular independent book store and I think I will be getting some books there soon. :nod:
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doodlerTM Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Student Writer
Lessee, I can remember the four books I last FINISHED (there's one half-finished that needs to go back to the library - it's overdue :stare:).

Three from friends, one from a church library.
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merrak Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist
Oops - I forgot to mention dA. I read quite a bit on this site - particularly, during my lunch hour (since I usually eat in my office, and don't feel like carrying books with me back and forth). As for how I find things - there are usually enough interesting works in my inbox. I tend to avoid chapter books, since I'd prefer to finish before I need to get back to work.
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merrak Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist
Libraries - my wife is a librarian. She'll sometimes bring home books she thinks I'll like.

I also browse used book stores. I have nothing against new books, other than they're expensive. There's a store in Mebane, NC that sells books 4 for a dollar once a month.
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TheBlackBullets Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wal-mart, Borders (I miss it) and Barnes and Noble.
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PinkyMcCoversong Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Professional Writer
What are your browsing habits like? Do you think you have a good feel for what's coming out and what's available?
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LifeHeartCross Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
An online store called Booktopia. Or otherwise, Target and all that jazz. I don't, unfortunately, have bookstores nearby. :(
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PinkyMcCoversong Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Professional Writer
What are your browsing habits like?
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LifeHeartCross Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hmm... I generally search for authors who have written books I have read. Or I click on the type of genre I'm interested in and just keep clicking 'next page' until I find an intriguing cover or title. Most other times, I have books already referred to me or I check ou book review or book hauls on youtube. :)
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FionaCreates Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Professional General Artist
Donated books at charity shops.
Amazon Kindle
Specialist bookshops like Persephone books.
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PinkyMcCoversong Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Professional Writer
Do you browse?
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FionaCreates Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Professional General Artist
yes to all of them. Especially in the charity shops cos you never know what you'll find and it's rarely set out by genre, instead by a-z of author and sometimes a book is featured because a shop worker liked it. You find some weird but good books that people donate, as opposed to bookshops that push a monetary agenda (online and offline)
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KWhipkey Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Professional Writer
Even though I prefer traditional books, I can't ignore the convenience of ebooks. So everything I've purchased over the past year has been from Amazon and downloaded onto my iphone/ipad. (I like Amazon's Kindle because it seems to have a greater selection than iBooks or the other apple compatible products.) Most of those came as recommendations from Amazon based on previous purchases. A couple were recommended by friends, and some were the product of just randomly browsing my favored genres and the Top 100 lists. And on a few, very rare instances, I found them via blogs I like to follow and Wattpad (whose mobile app sucks).

So I suppose I'm predominantly an online shopper when it comes to books. Although there's nothing better than wandering the aisles of a book store or library. I just don't seem to have time for that anymore.
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PinkyMcCoversong Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Professional Writer
Do you find browsing online different from in the store?
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KWhipkey Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Professional Writer
Yes and no. It feels a little more overwhelming online than it did in a physical store due to the sheer number of ebooks available. But I find the experience is still pretty similar--find a cover or title that looks interesting, read the blurb, purchase if it still sounds interesting. In some regards, I think the recommendations feature helps a lot with filtering me toward things I'd actually like. It's a little more targeted than if I was just wandering down the fantasy aisle in Barnes & Noble.

I think the thing I miss the most is actually the smell. I'm a sucker for the way bookstores smell, all those thousands of pages waiting to be read and loved. You definitely don't get that online. But in terms of finding books, I think Amazon makes it rather easy on me. I've found quite a few titles that instantly made it to the top of my list in those referrals, often by new or indie authors. And that always makes me happy. I love supporting a new author. :)
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Lupina24 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Amazon. from my wishlist I usually try to browse first at bookstores or libraries before I buy.
Used book sales aka, Library rejects. Seriously, you how can you top $3-5 for a grocery sack of books.
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DorianHarper Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Professional Writer
Barnes and Noble and Amazon (shhh... regardless of the hate going on with Amazon and publishing right now, I do admit to using it :() for the most part. That and recommendations from friends and from some of the proofs that I get from publishing companies to read beforehand (usually they're through Scholastic and other YA publishers).
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Hurricaneclaw Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Teh library. They're actually all from a book club I'm in, plus two for a school book report.
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PinkyMcCoversong Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Professional Writer
So how do you choose what you read? And how do you think the books you choose (or see, or dont' see) affect you as a writer?
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Hurricaneclaw Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I just go after the genres and types I like the most (fantasy, horror, medieval). I guess it kinda causes me to write in those three types, usually a mix of medieval and fantasy. I don't often write/read other stuff. So it's kinda limiting, I guess. :shrug:
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Hurricaneclaw Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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Memnalar Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012
If I'm paying, it's Amazon to Kindle. The last 10-12 things I've bought have come from that.The VAST majority of things I buy are for Kindle. If I'm scrounging for free, I like places like Project Gutenberg or library lending. Sometimes I browse Half-Price Books or so, but I usually avoid buying actual printed books if I can get away with it. Yes, I have joined the Sith.

I'll buy direct from someone's personal storefront if I know them or if they've got good word of mouth.
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TheSkaBoss Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Amazon. Amazon amazon amazon amazon.
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PinkyMcCoversong Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Professional Writer
How do you browse on Amazon?
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TheSkaBoss Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Well, I have this giant list of recommendations (which you have added quite a bit to!) as an amazon wishlist. I just grab something off there. ;)

I also check the daily deal every day, just in case. Occasionally they throw Douglas Adams at me; it makes all the other crappy times worth it. :D
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ragnaice Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
1) I use Amazon when I want foreign books that don't exist or have not arrived in Iceland and I can't wait. The last I bought there was The Search of the Red Dragon. Previously I had asked Nexus (see below) to order the the first book in the series but that time I decided to cut out the middle man and save expenses.

2) I also shop in a store here called Nexus, it's a sort of a 'nerd store' that specializes in foreign material; fantasy, anime, role-play stuff. There I last bought some books in the Sword of Truth series. Since I knew they had them, it was easier and faster to go there and buy them than to order from abroad.

3) For Icelandic and translated books, I've usually gone to Eymundsson, a widespread chain of bookstores which pretty much monopolizes the book market and is therefore pretty expensive. The last books bought there were a recipe book and a biographic poetry book about my great-grandfather. I bought them in Eymundsson because I wasn't sure they could be bought somewhere else and I was in a hurry.

4) During the 'Christmas book flood' as we call it, most of the "low" price grocery stores sell books and are pretty competitive about it so that's a good time for comparing prices if you're going to shop many books and I've bought some books there to give other people for Christmas.

5) Once in a while, I buy books from the University book store, but usually school-related stuff. The last fiction book I bought there was A Dance with Dragons, just because I saw it there and wanted it.

I have varied reasons for choosing books: something's really popular and makes me curious, something a friend said or gave me, a tv show, the dA book forum, interesting title or cover or summary... but before Christmas, a catalogue of every published book (i.e. from Icelandic publishers) is sent out to everyone so I always go through that and read about the books and see the covers and tick off those that interest me.

Hope some of this interests you :)
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Balaria Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
A Finnish auction site.

Books translated into Finnish tend to be pretty expensive when new(in the 30-50 euro range) so buying secondhand is a good idea for someone who doesn't have that much free money floating around. Though these days I tend to buy the English versions of new books I want.
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julietcaesar Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
The library. Helps that I work in one as a shelver. I get to check out what people have been reading recently from the trolleys of books I have to clear. I become familiar with new books because I'm often the one putting them on the display stand. And I am always browsing whenever I put books back into the shelf because there will always be some book that catches my eye in the same shelf. I definitely think my reading taste expanded since starting my job. And i get paid for it!
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zeratul547 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Student Writer
Mostly amazon, if I actually need a print book (ie when The Fifty Year Sword came out) I'll go to Barnes and Noble. However if I'm buying poetry I go to the used bookstore down the street and just pick random stuff out. As far as browsing I usually get recommendations or buy from authors I'm familiar with. If I'm shopping in person I definitely go by what has an attractive cover.
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GhostInThePines Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
The very last book I read I picked up at a tiny BAM outlet store in the local mall. The one before that was from a Barnes & Noble outlet. And the three before those I raided from my mother's collection, but I know she ordered them online, either through Amazon or ABE Books.

I like having physical copies rather than digital because of the amount of time I spend camping and teaching environmental ed... A paperback is a lot cheaper to replace than a Kindle or a Nook if it gets dropped in a creek.
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carusmm Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Library. Point?
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PinkyMcCoversong Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Professional Writer
Read the whole thread. I don't want to repeat myself.
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carusmm Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I read what I like, I write shit.
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Lucy-Merriman Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Student General Artist
In order from now, going back in time:

1. Last Exit Books (a used/indie bookstore here in Kent)
2. Kent Free Library
3. Drama Library at Kent State
4. Last Exit Books (again!)
5. Braddock Avenue Books, a small independent publisher in Pittsburgh. [link]

How I find books is usually from friend recommendations. I got Last Call in the City of Bridges (the one from the indie publisher) because my cousin, who reviews books, got an advanced copy and raved about it, and we have similar tastes.

Occasionally I'll browse some of my favorite forums looking for specifics; I once Googled "sci-fi by female author" and got to a forum where someone espoused their love for Mary Doria Russell, and now she's one of my fave author's ever. All of her books I got from the library, but I bought them directly from her later, because she had a signing at Loganberry Books up in Cleveland.

Then, I just hang out in Last Exit all the time. Two of my friends work there. Nothing's too expensive; I'd guess I spend about $10-15 a month there, just on whatever catches my eye. Usually sci-fi paperbacks or poetry, but sometimes graphic novels.

The last time I was in a Big-Box bookstore was in June; everything struck me as really expensive and impersonal, and I haven't been back since.
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PinkyMcCoversong Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Professional Writer
Do you keep up with what's going on industrywise, trying to read stuff that's current in your field? I think that's super important for someone who wants to publish.
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Lucy-Merriman Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Student General Artist
Not really. I mean, I don't even know what "my field" is. I listen to Clarkesworld and want to publish a story there, if that's what you mean. But I don't want to change what I write to what's popular; like, I'm not about to drop my projects and write a YA dystopia even though there are a lot of YA dystopia hits right now.

I think to be a better writer, it's important to read the classics in your genre, because then you can write a lasting story, not just something that's "hot" right now but everyone will forget about later.
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PinkyMcCoversong Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Professional Writer
Not suggesting that you change what you write for what's popular -- especially because the publishing field is so vast.

I mean, especially considering that by the time something is on the shelves, it was written years ago. A book usually takes a couple of years from the time it's sold to the time it's published, and that doesn't consider the time it takes to write the book, revise the book, find an agent (if the author doesn't have one yet), pitch the book, etc.

I was talking more in terms of style and movement. Inspiration. ETc.
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Lucy-Merriman Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Student General Artist
Hm. Good point. I guess I try to read a variety.
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phoenixofthenet Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Student Writer
Well, the last five books I purchased were e-books purchased through either my nook itself, or the nookstore on B&N.com. As to where I get ideas for what to buy, or stuff like that. I tend to do a lot of online research, utilizing "suggested for you" sections and such. I also ask my friends for any good books they've read lately.
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vglory Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012
Barnes and Noble (poetry and sci fi)
Kindle loan (horror)
Kindle purchase (adventure, self-published)
Print review copy
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PinkyMcCoversong Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Professional Writer
How do you usually find the books you want to read? Like, how do you browse?
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vglory Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012
I go to Barnes and Noble most weekends. In between I often look at the 'recommendations' on Amazon. And I get specific leads from blogs and the AbsoluteWrite forums. I am also offered about 15-20 review copies per week. That presents ample options to choose from.
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PinkyMcCoversong Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Professional Writer
I also am full of review copies, so I mostly pick what I read based on catalog copy. I like to browse, too, though. Every once in a while I see something at BN that I hadn't seen before and I'm like oooooooh. Discovered Pyr books that way!
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