So, we all love books, right?
But where do you get your fix? There are so many places to choose to buy or borrow from, remember the Library – if yours hasn’t been closed down due to lack of use – Bookshops, online, Charity shops, e-readers, audio.
Independent stores – are far nicer places to shop – you get that personal service, the staff
Do you even have a local independent shop, that you can go to? Or do you have no choice but to order online?
High street – WHSmiths is in the news again, closing stores due to lack of sales.
Online – Do you wait a few extra days – do you search to find the best price? Do you see who offers free postage and packaging? Did you want that other book too, might as well add that in the order whilst you’re at it, or Pre-order it, so it arrives when its published – or like me order the same book twice, from the same place – because you’ve forgotten you ordered it.
I’ve placed orders online before thinking – yes, great – I can get it on the day its published! – but no, it has to go out to the stockists, who then has to forward it on to the buyer – this can still take 3-5 days, I’ve been desperately waiting for the postman before and now I know, for a fact that I can get to my local bookshop and buy it, in person, before the postman can deliver it to me.
But, is that easier? – The problem we face as consumers is – getting to the shops with our busy
Personally – I would rather wait and buy it, in person from my local store. This also causes a problem –
Or are you an e-reader on a kindle – a lot of books are downloadable now but it’s not my preferred method of reading, I would rather be able to turn the pages of a real book, truth be known. I don’t own a Kindle, I have to borrow my sons, but I have a kindle address.
Audiobooks – I haven’t tried – unless I was in the car, minus my children – I’m not sure I would be able to listen – would I take in what was being said?
Charity shops – I can get 3 books for £1 in my local charity shop – and someone in my area has similar reading tastes to me, so I can go and get lucky and pick up a real haul sometimes. For as little as £2-£3 though sometimes, I end up buying a fairly random book too, just to make up 5 to 6 but – I have also struck gold on buying some really good books this way, that I would probably never buy under normally priced circumstances – RRP!
Whilst doing your food shop in Sainsburys…….
Whilst doing your online food shop to be delivered to your front door…..
I could sit at my daughter’s gymnastics class and order the book I’d like, to arrive – the next day if I was that desperate for it. Or head down to my local Tesco, a 10 minute walk from my house and buy it. Or, time willing – take a 20 minute drive to my independent store of choice and buy from them.
I believe its time that decides for us.
Its our lifestyles that dictate where we buy from….. we’re busy at work, with children etc – we don’t have time to shop in person anymore – But if you do, take that drive to your local independent store, pick them up, read the blurb and keep them in business.
And if not…… consider buying from www.Hive.co.uk – at least that way you can make a small donation to your local store – out of a choice of 3 near to you – post code wise – and do some good.
There are many (too many) stores to list, but my favourites are:
Mostly Books – 36 Stert Street, Abingdon, Oxon, OX14 3JP
Tel: +44 1235 525 880 TXT: 0776 990 5637
Blackwells, 50 Broad Street, Oxford & Oxfords Westgate Shopping Centre.