[Guy]: The bookpool people are very competitive if what you need is in stock.
From my experience, even if what you need is not in stock at the time you order it, chances are pretty good it will be back in stock within a couple days. At least for popular recent books - bookpool will diligently report an item as out of stock any time they don't have any in a warehouse at that instant - but chances are they've already got additional copies on the way. Don't let "out of stock" stop you from ordering something there.
To be fair, you can't guarantee an out of stock item will get back in stock immediately. I usually put together orders of three or more books at once (saving on shipping costs). If one gets delayed too much, I'm willing to cancel it and ship the remainder. But really, that doesn't happen often, because bookpool restocks fairly promptly.
It looks like on line buying is becoming increasingly the way in which people buy books. While it is great that books are becoming cheaper and easier to buy, it will be a shame if many book shops go out of business. There's something very pleasurable about browsing around a books shop, and being able to flick through books before buying them. I could spend hours in some large books shops, just poking around to see what they have got.
Despite that, what I usually end up doing is leaving the shop and then going and ordering the same books for less money from Amazon.
I suppose there will always be a market for second hand book shops, although Amazon are doing their best to get in there as well. The difference with second hand books is that people often will want to see what quality they have before buying them, so hopefully these shops will continue.
There will be glitches in my transition from being a saloon bar sage to a world statesman. - Tony Banks
I hope not to see all book shops closed in the near future
I love spending my time at book shops and libraries.
Wolfgang books in Phoenixville PA is one of the book shops that I visit often and buy from them even if they are pricier than Amazon, just to support them.
They do book readings by authors once in a while, offer coffee and snacks and a nice place to just sit and relax with a book. It is a beautiful energy.. and they are not Borders or Barnes and Noble kind of chain shope where everyone is an employee and they just don't care.
Also second hand books often have a personality of their own. You can see from the underlines and sometimes comments and the names.. They provide a richer experience than the freshly printed ones.
Jeroen T Wenting wrote:I usually go to a bookstore
Me too. I like to go to the bookstore to browse/see what's around. So when I am going to buy a book, I like to support the local bookstore. In fact, I'm going tomorrow to pick up a book I ordered there.