I have decided to write separate posts regarding books and I am calling this feature "Literally Literary". Why am I going to such bother? My hope is the post title will provide a subtle hint that I am posting about BOOKS. For those of you where the topic of books results in narcoleptic fits thereby causing you to faceplant onto your keyboard, this will allow you to just click away from the horror that is the written word. Also, I simply adore the word "literally", it is literally my favorite adverb. Bonus points if pronounced with a Rob Lowe/Parks n' Recreation affectation.
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A room without books is as a body without a soul. ~Cicero
Since getting the e-reader, my strategy for book-buying has changed. Previously, I would search The Dusty Bookshelf first (a used bookstore in Lawrence)..... then I'd scoot through Borders (always with a coupon in hand. Always). In the meantime, I would search the random garage sale or thrift store in order to keep my "To Read" bookshelf stocked. The library would also come into play here and there.
When I first got the e-reader, I was a little out of control with it. The impulse purchasing coupled with the resistance to reading by any other means led to some significant money spent in the first few months. Gradually, the newness of the e-reader wore off as I realized how much money I was spending. Sure, I am willing to spend a certain amount of money on my book hobby. But I want to be smart about it.
I needed a new strategy.
Now, I gauge whether or not I can get the book from the library, keeping in mind how fast I can get it versus how badly I want it. Jennifer Egan's "A Visit from the Goon Squad"? Eh. I'll wait for that. Conversely, as Hold #320 with only 36 copies to go around, I wasn't willing to wait for Anne Patchett's "State of Wonder" which so far, has been well worth the 12 bucks. Other times, I have no choice on waiting, dependent upon bookclub deadlines. Also, if I decide to purchase the book for the Kindle, I download a sample first. Then, I actually READ THE SAMPLE before deciding whether to purchase it. I am totally digging this "sample feature" - wouldn't it be lovely if we could do that with jeans? Cosmetics? Handbags?
Recently, it was announced that Borders will be closing all of its stores. What happened to Border is obvious, so I don't have any new insight into that. In short, they completely screwed up by missing the e-reader boat. Still, I was a little surprised at how sad their closing has made me. Yes, I am hooked on my e-reader and am trying to make better use of our library, but Borders was still a destination for us. It was a place to check out books in person, a spot to pick up my knitting reads and other glossy non-fiction things. It's also a great place to buy cute, little gifts and let my kids explore books on their own (again, limitations on the library - have you tried to get a hold of Fancy Nancy in your library? She's a hot piece of property in ours.) Furthermore, Borders is near to where I live and I drive by it throughout the week. Although, admittedly, since getting my e-reader, my trips into the store have been more sporadic, instead of nearly every week.
While I am sad that Borders is closing, I know that I did my own little part in nudging along their demise.