Buying books online has so many advantages over buying books from your local bookstore, that as much as I love my local, where everybody knows my name, I still find myself going there less and less, and buying more and more of my new books online. I do realise that there is also a huge used book market on various sites online, but my love for second hand book shops has been documented before far outweighs my love of saving money, but hey, that’s just me. So today, I will focus on the benefits of buying new books online over at your local Barnes & Noble.
Will Always find what you are looking For
There is no worse feeling in the world than getting all excited about the release of a new book from your favourite author, only to get to the book store and find out that either they are all sold out, or they won’t even be getting the stock in for a few weeks more.
I was living in a large rural town with a population of around 50 thousand when A Dance With Dragons by George R.R. Martin was released. Despite being told that it would be there day one, I was told by the sullen lady behind the counter that there had been distribution problems and that I had to wait another week for them to get it in. One week later I was told that I had to wait for the end of the month. Roughly 6 weeks after release, and despite my best efforts to ignore the jackhole online trolls who were utterly determined to spoil the ending for whatever reason, I got my hands on the book for the princely sum of $45. There were many words uttered by me at this time, most of which are not printable, but primarily based around the theme of “Never Again”.
Won’t find it cheaper tomorrow
Using the Book Price Comparison agent on the front page of this website will ensure that, not only will you find the best price locally, but the best price from stores all over the country
You Won’t Get Gouged
My time in rural areas has taught me a lot of respect for people that live out there. Not only from the weather and element hardships that they endure, but the rampant price gouging that occurs because
A: The retailers can get away with it, and
B: The consumers have no choice in the matter.
The ability to compare book prices online and get them shipped to your door by the end of the week is great for the communities that need the education the most.
You won’t be attacked by homeless people on the way in
Something about bookstores seems to attract homeless people like a smelly bee to a flower. But a homeless man’s dirty penis isn’t even the worst thing that you will see at your local book chain, which leads us directly to our next point….
Won’t be attacked by Starbucks Once you are inside
Something major happened when I wasn’t looking. Somehow Starbucks not only managed to fool people into thinking their coffee and other diabetic coma inducing beverages taste good, but they are somehow a trendy, intellectual type of product to be read in bookstores around the world. What!?
They want us to believe that authors and “other book reading types” everywhere drink their coffees, when we know for a fact that anyone with tastebuds realises that their coffee tastes remarkably similar to dirt and anyone with an ounce of intelligence realizes that a company that uses bug extracts in their products and then lies about it, avoids tax to the point of not paying it at all, and treats their employees all over the world systematically like dirt is not one to be trusted, let alone encouraged.
But then, maybe this is all just because I just really hate their coffee.