This is my first week participating in the Booking Through Thursday meme…
What would you do if, all of a sudden, your favorite source of books was unavailable?
Whether it’s a local book shop, your town library, or an internet shop … what would you do if, suddenly, they were out of business? Devastatingly, and with no warning? Where would you go for books instead? What would you do? If it was a local business you would try to help out the owners? Would you just calmly start buying from some other store? Visit the library in the next town instead? Would it be devastating? Or just a blip in your reading habit?
The source I currently get most of my books from is PaperbackSwap.com. There’s a good selection, it’s easy, and it’s cheap. I like to think that I’m pretty versatile, so I don’t think it would be a huge deal if they suddenly went under. I might be a little irked about the $8 I recently paid for my box-of-books membership (that’s a book I could buy!), but I’d get over it.
The truth is, I have so many books in my TBR (570, not counting audiobooks) it would be a long, long time before I’d need to find another source. Like, 3-4 years. But if I ever found the bottom of my pile I’d go back to the sources I used to use before Paperbackswap… The library, used books on Amazon, a local used book store, flea markets, and I’d give eBay a spin.