Challenge hosted by Rae @ BookmarkChronicles.
This week’s challenge is….
Do you buy your books at physical bookstores (like B&N)
Do you buy them online (from places similar to Amazon)
I’ve been buying from flipkart and amazon for over an year now. I refuse to spend 10k at a bookstore and have the owner refuse me a 5% discount (that’s you, The English Book Shop!); I’ve been buying from that store since I was a kid! Another store I was a regular at refused to order a Carl Sagan book for me and even refused to keep my number so he could call me if the book ever became available (that’s you, Capital Book Depot and I’m happy you had to move into smaller quarters and rent out the space to a bloody Nike! :P). I started with buying books that weren’t available in India and progressed to buying them all online.
What I miss most about buying from stores is marking them. I’d sign on the first page, put my name on the second, and on the third I would ink the date and the place I bought the book from. So it’s nice to open a book and see that I bought it from Madurai railway station, or Oxford book store in Calcutta or Higginbotham’s in Bangalore. I still carry on the tradition but the flavour is missing ; they’re all from flipkart or amazon…….