In the past three months, how have you acquired most of the books that you read?
All answers will be posted on Friday, February 17th.
Borrowed from the library on my Kindle!
Purchased from Amazon
On my e-reader
I mostly borrow from the library.
I borrow most of my books from the library.
Library and trading with family members.
I have purchased my recent selection of books from Amazon for my Kindle.
Bought them all in hardback/trade paperback. Need to keep the joy of passing good books to good friends alive!!!
Download to iPad Kindle app. I read books recommended on this site, or reviewed on NPR or L.A. Times. I love being able to switch from book to book with no hassle.
Got a box of books from Barnes & Noble online up-to-90% off button--10 books for about $26, incl shipping! I have also purchased 3 or 4 on my Nook Color. I also use half.com for many titles.
Borrowed books from the library
My local library is where I get the majority of my books (still) though I own 2 nooks. Can't beat the library for getting the latest releases!
Most of my books are from the High River Centennial Library in High River, Alberta. As a member of the library board, I do my best to keep the circulation high! Since the library supports a network of libraries and borrowing, all titles I find on bookreporter are available to me at sometime or another. This library system also supports the ebook format.
OverDrive download to my Kindle
I get most of my books used by trading on PaperBackSwap.com
Most of my books come from the public library
At the library
I reserve them at my Public Library, where I am a volunteer.
From public libraries.
Bought several on my Nook as well as took several out of the library.
Library and also one e-book purchase.
Linda S. in Alaska
In thrift stores. In fact, in the past three months I've acquired nearly 500 books for my personal library in this way.
I get almost all books I read from the library. A very few I buy at Barnes & Noble.
I acquired some books from the library, some from Paperback Swap and some from Bookmooch. The last book I bought was from Amazon
From a library.
Borrowed from library.
I am a librarian, so I mostly read library books and galleys, both paper and e-galleys from NetGalley and Eidelweiss. I occasionally purchase books that I know I want to keep.
Most of my books are bought at online book clubs, Amazon, and B&N. I also buy books at a local book store and borrow from the local library.
I borrowed them from the library
Public library - so easy to order online and have delivered to a branch near my home - I read about 65 books a year and listen to a few more audiobooks. I always purchase a book when I have to lead a discussion as I will mark pages. And, I like to buy books when I hear an author discuss his/her book. I buy paperbacks that I can leave at destinations when I travel. I acquire many children's books for my GRANDS to read and re-read. "So many books, so little time."
A tie between my library and Barnes & Noble.
Checked them out from the county library.
Suzanne of Tucson
About half I bought online at a used book site and half I've won from contests.
Kathy K. in IL
Wow, I can't remember the last time I was actually able to not only afford to buy a book and then actually buying it. One of the last books I remember buying is the final book (hardback) in the Harry Potter series (when it first came out, 2007? Seems longer ago than that), so it has been awhile (and I either bought thru Amazon.com, or thru local Borders or Barnes & Noble store). For now I get all of my books from local libraries (both print and ebooks through their "Listen Illinois/eMedia/Overdrive" services). I continue to hope that one day I will be able to again afford to buy books, both print and electronic.
Josephine Anna Kaszuba Locke
I am a Book Reviewer and receive the books of all genre, all age groups from the publisher.
It's about evenly distributed between advance reader copies and ones I bought at the indie store where I work.
I have purchased my books at Walmart, Amazon, or Book World, a used book store.
Borrowed from local library.
Some were Christmas gifts, some I borrowed from the library.
B & N. Either online or at a store of theirs near my home.
Having lost my job last year, there are no extra funds to indulge my favorite pastime. My local library has been a Godsend. I have always loved going there as much as others love going to the mall to shop. One positive from being unemployed, I now have time to read all the items I have on my "to read" list. I know I"ll never have that completed. So many books, so little time.
I have checked them out of the local library
Judith K Brooks
I figure approx. - 50% B&N nook books and 50% my local library
ebooks from Amazon.com, however, we have a new Indie Bookstore in town, so things may change.
Either my Nook or the library.
Approx three fourth from my public library, one fourth on my Kindle from Amazon. As a senior citizen, I have limited funds, but can afford more with lower price of E- books. I have also enjoyed some of the free books, and have explored new authors.
I read one hardcover book purchased at a local bookstore, and then I read one book on my Kindle, (a birthday gift from my grown children.) The hardcover books were all purchased pre-Kindle. Now I just download e-books, but my husband is a staunch print book reader.
I get most of my books from the library. I buy the occasional paperback ... especially books I really love and I think I'll want to re-read ... like "To Kill a Mockingbird." Also I sometimes get books at our Friends of the Library sale - really inexpensive ($1 hardback; $0.25 paperpack). Anytime we're going on vacation I stock up on these books - as I read them, I leave them behind for some other vacationer to discover.
Borrowed from my local library
Three ways: some have been winnings from Book Reporter and/or Reading Group Guides; 6 have been through a church growth program in which our church is participating; and 4 came from my own bookshelves when I decided to follow through on my New Year's Resolution to recycle in some way things (books, clothes, gee gaws, etc) that I have not used or even looked at for over a year.
Download to my kindle, either library books or purchased from Amazon.
I pick them from reviews in Entertainment Weekly and the bookreporter.com newsletter:) Once I read a review or overview that interests me, I hop online to the library website (rcls.org up here) and put a request in. And, yes, I have my library card number memorized as a result ;)
I have borrowed most of the books that I have read in the last three months from the local library. The library in our small town is the best. We have wonderful programs for children, teens and adults. We always have the brand new books and we can place them on hold before they come out. I get my recommendations from bookreporter.com and immediately go to the library website. I nearly always get the book the week it goes on sale.
Most of the books I have acquired in the last three months, if not borrowed from the library, came from Amazon, either for kindle/iPad read or a a print if a non-fiction or a BOM I am the discussion leader for.
I get free Kindle books through Omnimystery News online and borrow from my local Library. I used to purchase used paperbacks, but since retiring my library has been a great source. They have about 2/3 of the books on my "want to read" list.
Through the mail.
Robert L. Cusick
WE get all our books from the public library. They are free & they seem to have a good supply & can locate them from other libraries. What's good about our library system is that you can reserve a book that you want to read..
I have purchased most of the books I read in the past three second-hand. Either at charity stores or library sales. The books that I haven't purchased have been borrowed from a library.
At the library. Although I buy books, hard copies and for my Kindle, I still borrow most of them from the library. I read about 2-3 books a week and it is too expensive and cumbersome to have that many in the house. I sometimes feel like all I do is try to give books away.
In the past three months, most of the books I've read have been advanced reader copies (ARCs). I won the ARCs online from publishers, authors, and book blogs.
bonnie l. markiewicz
Most of the books that I have read recently have been bought on line from Amazon or bought at Sam's club.
From friends, from the public library, from bookstores
Except for a few books I received for Christmas all of my books have been borrowed from my local library.
Most of the books I have read in the last three months have been bought from the Friends of the Library. They have used books, many best sellers and current books, that are very inexpensive. Then once I have read the book, I donate it back to them unless of course I can't part with it and think I want to read it again...lol
from the library, though I do have a pile acquired from various sources - bn.com, ebay, doubleday book club.
Regina a Barnes
I have either purchased them from an independent bookstore or been given advanced reading copies.
Borrowed from the local public library.
60% - Library 20% - Early Reviews/The Library Thing 20% - Publishers/Authors
Library, or second hand bookstore.
Sarasota County Public Library
I ALWAYS get my books from the library.
I acquired most of the books I read and listen too from my township library. After retirement from the local school district, I got a position at my local library and just can't believe all that is available there. I'm now retired from the library but still make at least one trip a week to pick up books that I have requested.
Borrowed from library, purchased at a great book outlet called Daedalus Books in Columbia Maryland near where I live, or downloaded as Kindle freebies.
Either from my local library, Barnes and Noble or HalfPrice Book Store
Most of the books I read are from the library as I cannot afford to buy them. Whether they are hardbacks or paperbacks, I prefer them to audios (can't remember what I heard) or the e-reader (I like to hold the book in my hands and be able to go back to important parts in the book).
I review books for a web site and most of the books I read come from my editor.
On an eReader on my phone - I have Nook, Kindle, Kobo and Google books all on my phone. I always have more than one book to choose from wherever I am.
Either borrowed them from the library or received them through paperbackswap.com
Amazon.com, indie book stores, library used books, used book stores,
kindle or nook tablet
I preorder constantly on Amazon to not miss a book I know I want and when it is an older book I go to Bookworld great site great books great prices and with both I pay NO shipping just pay for what I want. Living in the sticks of AR Ozarks - no where to shop and pretty much stay at home with cancer keeping me down. Fighting it now and may lose bladder. Live to read. Read to live.
In the past three months I purchased my books on my Nook at B&N.
On my Nook Simple Touch
AMAZON.COM. Living in Wyoming there are not a lot of bookstores. I have to travel 50 miles for BARNES & NOBLE. I try and support our local INDIE store, unfortunately the selections are limited. Many times I order from TATTERED COVER in Denver, Colorado (A WONDERFUL BOOK STORE TO VISIT).
Purchased at Costco and Barnes/Nobel. Got one as a gift for Christmas.
I get my books from our local library
It's a pretty even split between borrowing them from a friend, buying them from Costco, or getting the books from the library.
I have acquired all of the books I read at our fabulous Los Angeles Public Library. By ordering the latest books online for FREE, I am able to read everything I want in a (mostly) timely manner!
Interestingly as I read this question, I realized in the last three months,most of my books came from Amazon. They make it very easy to order once you have an account set up with them. Lately, they have been books rather than the Kindle editions. I have decided, like some of my friends,that I like "holding" a book. My other books have come from our library here in Surprise AZ....they too have a great system and make it easy to find and borrow materials.
I have purchased 9 books on my Kindle, 1 at Kroger and 2 at Amazon online.
I've bought quite a few books through Amazon, both regular and for Kindle. I'm loving it, and my Sister-in-law just gave me a huge box of books so I'm in "hog-heaven" here!
From Amazon's sales for the Kindle.
1. Received 19 books for Christmas. 2. Bought for Book of the Month.
Borrowed from the library
From the library. I now have a Kindle and there are many books for it at the library.
Borrow from library
Almost all (99.9%) are borrowed from the Library. How else can you try so many different authors? I no longer keep reading books I don't care for. So little time, so many books.
I borrowed the books I read from the library.
I've bought them at Books-a-Million, which moved in after our BORDERS closed. We are more than 65 miles from any other large bookstore (Barnes & Noble), and we don't have a comprehensive independent bookstore in town. Many people in the area have personally pledged to do everything possible to keep this new store profitable - and that means buying our books from them. Would other options be cheaper? - probably yes....but sometimes $$$ isn't the real issue.
A used book sale at my local library (otherwise I couldn't afford to buy the number of books I read). Also, use borrow from the library.
Library Book Sales
80% are borrowed from libraries as ebooks, dvds, or hardbacks/ paperbacks. 10% are purchased, and 10% gifts or borrowed.
Since I was recently given a kindle touch -- most of my books are being downloaded from amazon. That said, I did attend Murder in a Magic City yesterday and did purchase several books there.
Most of the books I read come from the library. I hardly ever buy one. I also read with an email book club. Also, I've won a few books from FBF and Bookloons.
I have a Nook and love it. I read your site and the reviews and immediately go and buy them on my Nook. It is such fun to be notified that a book is on without having to run to a bookstore. I do support our local book store for gifts for friends.
I bought them on my Kindle from Amazon.
Many of them on sale when Borders went out of business. I still have my B&N membership and I get them from Amazon and the library.
From the library where I work and from Paperbackswap.com.
I borrow from my local library.
I buy most of my books from an Indie Store, Square Books in Oxford, MS.
I have won them as prizes from BookReporter.com, Reading Guides.com & Random House Readers Circle.
From the library - books on cd, downloaded to kindle and the real thing.
I get books from almost all sources. I belong to a book club which sends books to me through the mail. I shop Barnes & Nobels and Books-A-Million as well as a local Independent bookstore. Also several second hand bookstores in the area and Thrift Shops. Not to mention, borrowing and lending to friends. I do not read ebooks of any kind.
In the past three months, I have acquired books from a variety of different places. I have purchased some on my Kindle, I have purchased some from Amazon, and I have purchased some from Barnes & Noble.
From itunes on my ipad or purchased from book store.
Library and used books (Goodwill).
Approximately 20 books - all from the Library.
I've borrowed most of the books from the library.
Bought them from the UK bookchain Waterstone's
I have borrowed all of them from my local library. This is the best choice for me in the terrible economic situation in the U.S.
All of my books have been purchased online as e-books for my iPad.
The local library. I put them on reserve. They notify me by e.mail when it is my turn. I have a Kindle but I am too frugal to buy a book.
I checked them out at my local library.
I keep a list of books read and looking back to November I was surprised with the answer. 7 borrowed from friends or family, 4 borrowed from the library, 4 purchased and 4 gifts. I really thought I bought more than that. I'm going to be sure and tell my husband about this!
I've gone crazy loading up my Nook in the last three months. I used to have a long list on hold at our library; now I have a long queue of books to read on my Nook!
Library, Independant bookseller, used book store
Purchased at Amazon.com.
Either through the library or from garage sales.
They were either bought from Amazon or acquired through www.paperbackswap.com
At my local Barnes & Noble store. An afternoon spent there Investigating all the possibilities for my next read is like a vacation. I buy 3 or 4 I just can't resist, and add a dozen more to my list by the end of the day!
Most I bought; but some were passed on to me
I got them via either my Kindle or B&N since Borders is now closed. It's amazing how much my book buying has been cut since I no longer can go to Borders. I do miss that store.
Ordered some used books on Amazon and purchased some for Kindle.
Online from BOMC2.com & Amazon.com
About half from the public library and about half from a local independent book store.
I check out most of my reading books from the local library. I also buy library donations at their book sales.
I purchased/downloaded them to my Kindle.
I bought all of them from Amazon.
-- online from Amazon and Better World Books ~
Ordered on my nook from BN.com
Library, Barnes and Noble and Half-Price Books.
Bought them for my Kindles - 3 I really appreciate Amazon - alway so helpful and pleasant P.S. The reason I have 3 Kindles - My daughter & son-in-law gave me a DX - to large to carry around, so my husband bought me a 3G, wifi. I bought a 2nd 3G, wifi so I could loan it to people who do not own one - especially my 88 yrs. young dear friend, Rose.
paperbackswap.com love, love, love this site
Its a tie between purchasing Nook books and checking them out from the library.
From my local library!! I'm a huge fan of the library system and borrow books from two local library systems. In fact, I met one of my closest friends at the library. I may buy buy books and listen to books through "Audible.com" but my main source of reading material is the "LIBRARY".
Nearly all of my books have been from Powell's Bookstore
The books I've read come from a variety of sources: ebook and audio book downloads from Overdrive through my library, print and audio books checked out from the library, free book downloads from Barnes and Noble and books won through internet contests. With all of the free ebooks available, I haven't purchased any ebooks in the past 3 months. I don't usually purchase print books unless I intend to have them signed by the author.
Books have been mainly bought at Goodwill and through Barnesandnoble.com. Occasionally I'll buy a book at Target or Sam's Club or borrow a book from a friend.
I get most of my books at the library. On occasion I purchase books.
I get most of my books on amazon.com
I acquired all my last books from Amazon for my kindle
Paperbackswap.com. A great way to create perpetual library of the best reads.
BN.COM for Nook & Amazon.com
Downloaded from Amazon onto a Kindle.
Thrift shop where I volunteer and trade with a friend who is reading the same series.
I've downloaded them for my Kindle Touch from Overdrive
Most of the books I have purchased I have ordered from Amazon. A few I have purchased at Sam's Club.
My Kindle is always on hand for my new books and my kids know that my favorite gift is the Kindle Gift Card---makes it so convenient .
I have read arc's, books bought in my nook and books I bought at Barnes and Noble.
From my Nook
Always at my local indie book store to support them and to make sure they stay alive in my small town!
Purchased the books at large discount stores.
purchased at B&N
From my wonderful San Clemente Library.
I borrowed them from the library, or downloaded them from amazon.com
On Overdrive, downloaded to my iPad.
On my Kindle
All are from BN.com either for NOOK or book form.
Advance readers copies or purchase at indie book store (Powells in Portland)
I research want I want to read then request them from my local county library. I then pick them up, ready to go in the "hold" area. Somewhere along the line, I decided to stop acquiring so many books. This works well for me.
I acquire most of my books by buying them from an on-line book seller or a bookstore.
LENA B. BROWN
I have purchased three books during the past three months.
I have gotten almost all of my books from our town public library - I am so lucky to have a library that has a terrific selection of books, and I don't mind if I have to wait a bit to read the ones I want - there's always something else that looks interesting on the shelves!
Amazon on line and Barnes and Noble bookstore
Amazon.com, Alibris.com and local Books a Million store.
Anne L Chapel
A combination of Amazon and ePubs from a friend.
I borrowed them from the library.
Most all the books I read come from my local library. I can't afford to buy books these days.
Borrowed from library
Indie store and Amazon Kindle
Purchases at either Barnes and Noble or Target
Ebooks through my nook app on my ipad2
Karen Eller Baker
Downloaded them to my e*Reader from various sites
Indies 70% I-tunes 30%
From the public library.
From the library on my Nook
Nancy Van de Motter
I'm a firm believer in supporting my local library and all that it has to offer from hardcovers, to audio books, to magazines and online help.
Re-sale book shop
All my books are either from the Library or downloaded to my Kindle. I very seldom purchase books and those that I do purchase I donate to the Library or to the Friends of the Library in my town.
It would be a toss up between the books I bought from The Poisoned Pen and the ones my editor sent me to review.
Gifts from family that knows I like to read. One from Barns and Nobel (gee, I sure miss Borders)
Bought them at Amazon
Mostly borrowed from the library, but I did purchase about 20 books from B&N during their huge holiday sale after Christmas.
I had an extensive book list for Christmas & got most of them as gifts
As ebooks for my nook.
From the library. I'm a librarian. :)
For Christmas I got $125.00 worth of gift certificates for i Tunes. So the answer to this question is, at da! Since I have been forbidden to by hardback books under penalty of DIVORCE, I have bought all my books off iTunes since I got my iPad last March. I now have about 100 books and I have grown very attached to my iPad. Not just for reading, but it's nice to always have a book at hand.