There has been a lot of news about the trouble book stores are in on the television at the moment. I don't know whether it's coincidence, but the day after Borders in the US announces they are in trouble, the Borders stores in Australia (as well as our other big book store, Angus and Robertson) announces that they are also in trouble.
They are blaming online book stores and e-readers are the main problems for people not buying enough books. And, I can see why. I was so happy when a 2-level Borders opened up just around the corner from me, but that excitement is wearing off because most of the books in there cost $20-$30 or more... most of the ones I want are on the upper price.
Since I can't live without my books, I really have to start looking at the prices. In a supermarket the books are around $10 (not as big a range as Borders, but still cheaper).
At the moment most of my books come from :
- Netgalley... I don't mind reading on my computer
- Kindle... I read on my iPhone, so I have a book wherever I am
- Audible.com ... what would I do without audio books? I can drive while reading, that's fantastic
- Amazon... here's a fact; it costs less to ship a book from the US to Australia than it does to buy a book in Borders. I also follow a lot of international authors who's books don't release here quick enough.
- Book depository... I just started shopping here. Free worldwide delivery, there's nothing wrong with that.
- Australian supermarkets (mainly BigW... think Target)... when I really need a book and it's on special for $10.
Where do you mainly get your books from?