This week's Booking Through Thursday asks: What would you do if, all of a sudden, your favorite source of books was unavailable? Whether it’s a local book shop, your town library, or an internet shop … what would you do if, suddenly, they were out of business? Devastatingly, and with no warning? Where would you go for books instead? What would you do? If it was a local business you would try to help out the owners? Would you just calmly start buying from some other store? Visit the library in the next town instead? Would it be devastating? Or just a blip in your reading habit?
I have three main sources for books: the our beautiful public library, McKay Used Books, and Paperback Swap. I would be least devastated if PBS went under, as I know there are other internet swaps out there. But the library and McKay's! I would indeed by devastated. We go to the library at least once each week. I consider the library a vital part of our lives not only for the usual reasons but also because we use it so heavily for homeschooling. The same for McKay's. They have a fabulous selection of books and CDs, and I also find lots of homeschooling materials there.
We have a small chain bookstore (Hastings) and a book warehouse and a Christian booksotre, but I rarely go into them. It is hard for me to pay full price for books when I know I can either borrow them or get them for so much less used. Knoxville used to have a small bookseller I loved —David-Kidd— but they went out of business in KnoxVegas when the big guys moved in. I rarely go into the Big Guys up in Knoxville (Borders, B&N, Books-a-Million), but I hear we are getting one of those here in our ever-growing small town. I'll probably stop in for coffee and quiet every now and then...
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