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Old 07-14-2008, 12:12 PM   #841
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Just finished Water for Elephants. It was a good vacation read. I didn't really think we needed the 'modern' bits of him in the convalescent home and the end was just plain silly. But it was a quick, easy, fun read without feeling too fluffy.
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Old 07-14-2008, 09:21 PM   #842
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Oh yeah, congrats on finishing the draft of your novel, Cori!

thanks!

I think my favorite thing about Julie Andrews' book was imagining her reading it aloud in her awesome voice.
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Old 07-14-2008, 09:26 PM   #843
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Does anyone know any places outside of the local bookstore and Amazon to find books?
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Old 07-14-2008, 09:40 PM   #844
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... the library.

Edit: That wasn't meant quite so sarcastically as it came across!

I don't know what other options there are, if you don't want to a) go to a local bookstore; or b) go online.

Is it just Amazon you don't like? Because there are other places to get them online - Barnes and Noble's site, or Half.com for used books.
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Old 07-14-2008, 10:50 PM   #845
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... the library.

Edit: That wasn't meant quite so sarcastically as it came across!

I don't know what other options there are, if you don't want to a) go to a local bookstore; or b) go online.

Is it just Amazon you don't like? Because there are other places to get them online - Barnes and Noble's site, or Half.com for used books.
I mean to own.

I just want a little more selection than a bookstore and Amazon offers. I'm not sure where to look. I always am not a fan of used books.
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Old 07-14-2008, 10:58 PM   #846
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More selection that Amazon? I know bookstores often don't have a lot of titles, but I've found that if it's in print, Amazon has it or can get it.

There's a site that's called (I think) alibris.com, but I believe they deal in used books.
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Edit - cori beat me to it, and said exactly my thoughts.

If you're not into used books, I'm not really sure where you're going to find what you want...
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... the library.
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I'm trying to wean myself off of being such a book-buyer. I need to be more selective! So I've been using the library more the last couple of years.
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Libraries are awesome! It's a great way to discover new authors and genres, and try things out first before buying them. I haven't been to mine in a while, but should definitely go back again soon - they have a fantastic collection.
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More selection that Amazon? I know bookstores often don't have a lot of titles, but I've found that if it's in print, Amazon has it or can get it.

There's a site that's called (I think) alibris.com, but I believe they deal in used books.
Part of the problem with Amazon is when they can get it as you say the price is sometimes insane.

I suppose you and Thora are right that I'll probably have to go for used books.
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Old 07-14-2008, 11:32 PM   #852
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Look around for various places to find used books - many sellers are very good about listing the condition of the book and if it came from a smoke-free home. I've ordered a lot of used stuff (books, CDs, DVDs) and have had great experiences with the sellers.

Right now my latest fascination is this site:

PaperBackSwap : Your source for swapping books online!

You can trade books you dont want anymore to get other books that other people don't want. Their selection isn't the greatest, but heck, it's a great idea.
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Old 07-14-2008, 11:43 PM   #853
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Most public libraries will also have a small book store or a collection of donated or discarded books for sale.
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Most booksellers will be able to order any title in print for you and often find it for a better price than Amazon.

Despite being a library person, I don't really like borrowing fiction books. I'd rather just own them.
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Half.com has pretty much everything Amazon has, and you can get stuff for dirt cheap. I bought a book from someone the other day and because they mistakenly listed it as hardbound when it was actually paperback they refunded me...and sent the book anyway.
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