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2020-10-26 7:22:49 AM  
I miss half.com. I used to get a lot of books from there from bookstores all over the country. The UI was a lot easier than eBay, and since it was pretty much all books they didnt flash ads for nonsense at you at all directions.
 
2020-10-26 8:25:06 AM  
Surprisingly, not a repeat of what they were doing before the pandemic...
 
2020-10-26 8:38:30 AM  
My best friend achieved his dream after 20 years in the biz and opened his own bookstore ... on March 8, 2020. He was the operations knowledge, 2 other partners put up the money. By the end of the first week the only foot traffic was him walking home at the end of the day. 7 weeks later he is forced out of the partnership. 3 months later the store folds.
 
2020-10-26 10:18:36 AM  
Indie bookstores simply can't compete with Amazon online in any real sense.  Pre-covid, they could to a certain extent by having knowledge and a general "browse randomly" ability in the real world, but since most people don't want to just "hang out" in a book shop now, assuming the place is legally able and the owner willing to open, they are farked without the government shoving money down their throats, which, in the US, we've quit doing.
 
2020-10-26 10:45:48 AM  

Bukharin: I miss half.com. I used to get a lot of books from there from bookstores all over the country. The UI was a lot easier than eBay, and since it was pretty much all books they didnt flash ads for nonsense at you at all directions.


I've used Book Finder for that, for over 20 years; still going strong.
 
2020-10-26 10:56:12 AM  

Geotpf: Indie bookstores simply can't compete with Amazon online in any real sense.


Our local indie - 125 year old Vroman's - is certainly trying, and the community is rallying to support them. On weekends, there's a 30-40 minute wait outside because of Covid occupancy limits.
 
2020-10-26 11:05:19 AM  

ImpendingCynic: Geotpf: Indie bookstores simply can't compete with Amazon online in any real sense.

Our local indie - 125 year old Vroman's - is certainly trying, and the community is rallying to support them. On weekends, there's a 30-40 minute wait outside because of Covid occupancy limits.


Read the highlighted word and try again.

I already said there is (or was) a market for a brick and mortar bookstore, but that market, which was limited to begin with, is now even smaller due to things like occupancy limits.
 
2020-10-26 11:42:30 AM  

noazark: Bukharin: I miss half.com. I used to get a lot of books from there from bookstores all over the country. The UI was a lot easier than eBay, and since it was pretty much all books they didnt flash ads for nonsense at you at all directions.

I've used Book Finder for that, for over 20 years; still going strong.


thanks!
 
2020-10-26 1:31:53 PM  

Geotpf: ImpendingCynic: Geotpf: Indie bookstores simply can't compete with Amazon online in any real sense.

Our local indie - 125 year old Vroman's - is certainly trying, and the community is rallying to support them. On weekends, there's a 30-40 minute wait outside because of Covid occupancy limits.

Read the highlighted word and try again.

I already said there is (or was) a market for a brick and mortar bookstore, but that market, which was limited to begin with, is now even smaller due to things like occupancy limits.


Ive been reading a lot of old econ books that are out of print, naturally. And Amazon now just prints their own books and mails them out. And surprisingly, they are decent quality. The last page of several books I have state "Printed on XXXXX". No need for even having inventory when your order just gets sent to a printer.
 
2020-10-26 3:09:22 PM  
The last time I moved, I donated all my books to the public library. Well, most of them. First off, I've read them many years ago and haven't cracked them open for ages. Second, many are available on the public domain, so they're online and free. Third, my eyes suck and I can only read when the font size is huge. E-books allows me to read with any size font, while regular books can't.

I don't intend to go back to reading paper-based books unless it was given to me or I just happen to pick one up.

/Need to get me some blue-tint glasses, though
 
2020-10-26 4:40:18 PM  
I haven't been buying a huge number of books due to lack of space in my apartment, but I've made good use of Little Free Libraries when I want to donate older books or just see what someone else left behind.
 
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