The Friday Book Blogger Hop

Book Blogger Hop

Another Friday, another Book Blogger Hop (hosted by Crazy For Books)! The Hop is a weekend-long event for book bloggers (and their readers) to get together, talk about books, and meet some new blogs. Click on the logo above for the full list of rules.

This week’s question is: How/Where do you get your books? Do you buy them or go to the library? Is there a certain website you use like paperbackswap? (I love this question – I try to answer it in every review I write, because I think it’s fun to see where people find things.)

  • The vast, vast majority of the books I read and review come from the library. I’m on a book buying hiatus of sorts right now, due to my lack of steady income and complete lack of anywhere to put more books. But I’ve always been a heavy library user, and I like to try books out before I add them to my mountain of a personal library, so my first reaction upon hearing of a new book or writer I think I might like is to check the catalog.

(I was thrilled to see how many other people also get many of their books from the library – remember, guys, to support your local libraries not just with use but also with votes whenever it comes up. Library budgets are getting hit hard in this economy, and they need your help.)

  • Next most frequent is probably my local used bookstores, most often The Frugal Muse. The Muse is great, they offer good prices when buying back and selling books, they have really extensive collections, and they’ll order books that they don’t have in stock. I love them a lot, and whenever I need to get rid of books, I turn them around in here.
  • Now that I have my Nook, I’ve built up a stash of ebooks, too. The first thing I did when I got the shipping notification was go to Project Gutenberg and start downloading. Complete Works of Shakespeare, Dickens, Jane Austen…and also the more obscure public-domain authors I like, like Elizabeth Gaskell and Baroness Orczy. (You can’t even find most of the Scarlet Pimpernel books in print any more, but here they are, in all their pulpy glory.) I’m also stocking up on egalleys from NetGalley and Simon & Schuster. NetGalley is particularly great if you want to get in on reviewing brand new or unpublished books but you’re a new blog without a ton of followers – although it sometimes takes a while, I’ve gotten a copy of every book I’ve requested so far.
  • Finally, now that my blog is taking off a little, I’m reading a few books sent to me from publishers or for book tours. I’m just finishing up The Tempering of Men by Elizabeth Bear and Sarah Monette, which Tor publicity was kind enough to send me when I gushed at them about how much I loved A Companion to Wolves. It never hurts to ask.

I am so glad I have a chance to be sociable this weekend – I’ll see you around!

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About Jen Moore

I'm a recent library school graduate in Madison, Wisconsin, looking for a full-time professional job and trying to manage a fulfilling life in the meantime. Oh, and I read. A lot.

Posted on July 15, 2011, in The Internet is a Social Movement and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. I use NetGalley too for a small percentage of my books. Two years ago I started tracking where my books were coming from. Please come see where I get my books.

  2. Hi there–found you through the Book Blogger Hop this week. I’m a member of Net Galley but I’ve not used them yet. I’m a bookseller, so I get lots of free Advance Reading Copies, but I also buy a *ton* of books, too. I love my local library, too, especially for getting OP titles for me to read. As someone who works in a locally-owned shop, I wanted to thank you for choosing to buy your books at a local (used) bookshop, too!

    • Hi, pleased ta meetcha! :D I’ve always been surprised at how much the library has down in their vaults (and hugely grateful for the glory that is interlibrary loan). I love my local bookstores, too; so much more fun than the big box stores.

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