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applegrove Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-19-11 09:51 PM
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Where do you find out about the most interesting books to buy? I used
to work at an airport bookstore and they only carry bestsellers so that was great. Next I'd look at the recommendations from the big box bookstore. But I don't have a car anymore. So I'm going to have to walk more frequently to the library or to a second hand store nearby. Do you look for positive reviews on the inside cover pages? Is there a website you go to? What works for you?
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u4ic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-19-11 10:00 PM
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1. The library
I'd need an extra 5 lifetimes just to read the books I've seen and wanted to read, never mind the ones I will find. :crazy:

Maybe it's just me, but I don't like buying books unless it's a reference that I'd refer to frequently.

I have no problem finding books I want to read; I just go to shelf of the topic of my interest.
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mainstreetonce Donating Member (116 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-19-11 10:09 PM
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2. Amazon
I read the reviews on Amazon and there is also a site called
Shelfari that is good for finding recommendations. Sometimes in a big bookstore I see good new titles and make notes and then look for them at the library.
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applegrove Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-19-11 10:18 PM
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4. Thanks for the link.
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Tuesday Afternoon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-19-11 10:11 PM
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3. I read the first page . . .
if I want to turn the page and keep reading; I know I have a keeper.
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grasswire Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-19-11 11:06 PM
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5. I get newsletters from abebooks.com, and powells

abebooks has the most unusual books anywhere. They post some very provocative lists! Example:
Click here: AbeBooks: Because You Read: Our Customers Recommend the Bleakest Books

powells is the biggest bookstore in the country, open 24 hours a day, all year. It's an institution in Portland; takes up a whole city block, several floors. Their recommendations are useful. New and used.
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one_voice Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-19-11 11:12 PM
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6. I read reviews on Amazona...
friends recomendations, DU's reccomentdations. And Goodreads.com is a good site too.
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RSillsbee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-19-11 11:12 PM
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7. I walk around the used book store until something catches my eye NT
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