Thursday, March 5, 2009

This or That Thursday

Last night I attended an SCBWI regional chapter meeting. Our group meets on the first Wednesday of every month at a Barnes & Noble in a mall. My husband also has a meeting the first Wednesday evening of the month, and my two oldest children attend Religious Education classes on Wednesday nights. So, it is a treat when I do get to attend a meeting. We had two speakers that talked about "Write What You Know." We also had time to critique two stories. One regular in our group had great news. Lori Degman announced that she had won the Cheerios Spoonfuls of Stories contest! Her story 1 Zany Zoo was selected for the top prize. Simon & Schuster is publishing her book, and a mini version of the book will be included in future Cheerios boxes. Fellow blogger Tameka Brown was named runner-up in the contest! Congrats ladies!!
So speaking of Barnes & Noble, my This or That for today involves buying books. Where do you regularly buy books? Do you buy most of your books at a big chain bookstore, a local bookstore, online, or a variety of places?
My choice is all of the above. I do buy books from Amazon.com because of the convenience. As much as I love browsing through bookstores, a busy life with three children does not allow me to do that often. Over the holidays, I did buy the majority of my Christmas gift purchases at a Borders bookstore. A few times of year my husband and I bring the kids to a Barnes & Noble and let them each pick a book. We also take them to the school book fair to purchase one as well.
How do you buy your books?

9 comments:

PJ Hoover said...

Mostly Amazon because of convenience and selection. If I know something will be in stock at a bookstore, I'll try to wait and buy it there. But I don't like to have to order a book and then come back later and get it.

Paul Michael Murphy said...

If it's something I know I want I use Amazon, but I'm also a bookstore's dream customer because every time I walk in one I find something to buy. Only two things stop me from buying books by the truckload: money and space.

Anita said...

Amazon and an occasional trip to B&N....my daughters' school has a B&N fundraiser once/year...B&N gives a percentage of sales that evening to the school. I do my Christmas shopping then.

Brenda said...

I live in a small area, so I use Amazon a lot...more choices and it comes right to my door...

There's a t.v. show on the Hallmark channel that's called Mystery Woman and she has a bookstore...I would love to have one of them in my town...I would be in there all the time...

Kelly H-Y said...

Kind of all of the above ... but, recently, it seems most have been via school book fairs!

Solvang Sherrie said...

I'll buy books from anyplace that sells them, including Costco, Target and used book stores! We buy a lot of books at our local independent because they offer locals a $10 coupon for every $100 they spend so that's really nice.

Kim Kasch said...

I buy most of my books at Borders, but I also go to B&N and Powells.

Ello said...

I have to say I buy most of my books at my local B&N and then amazon and the school book fair for the girls. I love buying books - it is my vice!

Sydney Salter said...

I live in a Barnes & Noble only suburb and I do end up buying lots of books at that store (doesn't help that my writing group meets there every week). I also like Amazon because I can find anything--plus it's so exciting to receive packages!

I feel obligated (ha!) to buy books whenever I enter an Indie store. : )