This weeks question is simple: Where do you buy your books?
So todays post will be dedicated to the book stores where I buy my books. :) In the Philippines, there are basically 3 big names when it comes to bookstores. Fully Booked, Powerbooks and National bookstore. That is if your pertaining to brand new books. Every store offer a vast array of books and I am thankful for that since I tend to "hoard" when it comes to books. As long as I like the cover (my dirty little secret) I'll buy it. I admit, I do judge a book by it's cover. Don't we all?
Anyway, of all the three bookstores I favor Powerbooks more than the two other stores judge because most of their stores offer a wider range and it is much easier to find your books. And when it comes to sales, they give you big discounts and I love em!
I also discovered that I love buying second hand books. Not the torn pages, poorly beaten books, but good conditioned books. I invest a lot of time sitting and scouting the store just to find a better print of a particular book if they happen to offer more than one copy. And where do most Filipinos buy their second hand books? You can find it in every mall. Every corner. Yup! You guess it right, Booksale. Don't you just love all the cheap books??? I even remember this one time when I bought around 20 books from Bookstore and until now, I haven't finished reading them all. I was just sucked dry. Lol. That totally broke my bank.
But I discovered recently online shopping. What I love about online shopping is the option and the convenience of doing it. To think about it, it's more expensive buying your books outside the country but there are certain exemptions to that. Like for example Harry Potter books. I know a lot of people collect the series with different covers. Why? Because it's priceless. I mean, it's passion. I also do this sometimes. Buy a certain book with different cover. So there are three online stores where I buy these books. Amazon, Book Depository and Barnes and Noble. Just last week I spent around $100 buying books. That ain't cheap when converted to Peso just to be spent on books but what can I say I love spending money on books. I don't shop clothes, shoes or bags. I shop books.
I favor Barnes & Noble over Amazon because it's cheaper. Or that's how I think. I haven't tried Book Depository yet but I am seriously thinking since they offer free shipping worldwide. It usually takes months for these books to be delivered here but the wait it worth it especially when you buy books that aren't available in the Philippine market. When you do international online shopping though, don't just dedicate it to books since it's impractical for us(Filipinos) to do that. Combine your books buying with clothes shopping or gadget shopping since I know some of us do that.
But my best advice for Filipino shoppers that don't have a lot of dough to shed, buy books in eBay, Quiapo and booksale. eBay sellers offer a lot of books but weigh your options since a lot of these books you can buy cheaper when you go to booksale. If your really adventurous and don't mind the walking, go to Quiapo. I swear there are a lot of books that you can find there. Filipinos know this trade since some of us buy used textbooks there. You can make great bargains if you really concentrate on your bargaining skills.
What I wish though is that Philippines would have different bookstores like in the US and UK that offer bookworms like me options. I envy people who can go to different bookstores. Sometimes it's irritating to have limited or no options.
Share your stories, so I'll know additional tricks! :)