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I love bookstores. You know, actual bookstores you can walk into, browse shelves, pick up books and read cover flaps, flip through pages and perhaps find something you didn’t even know you were looking for. This isn’t to say that I’m not also a fan of the ease of Amazon and other online book retailers. I’m very into the ease of one-click shopping. Want the latest release from a favorite author, or pick up a friend’s recommendation: Click, and boom, there it is in my iPad ready to go.
(Before I go further, a side note, for this post I’m speaking solely as a reader/customer. There are a lot of things I could say as an author about Amazon, online sales and physical bookstores. For now, though, I’m only wearing my reader hat.)
I don’t find it easy to discover new things on sites like that though. Sure, the “Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought” can be helpful as can the best seller and what’s new lists. But it’s a lot more difficult to walk the virtual aisles online than it is in a physical bookstore.
I’m lucky to live in an area with four nearby bookstores, all independently owned—two specialize in used book and the other two have a mix of new and used. One, in particular, stocks a decent array of LGBT books as well. It’s a treasure trove of books and it’s hard to go in without walking out with something. Plus, when Will and I road trip, we’ll stop at bookstores to see what they’ve got that we may need.
Wandering through a Barnes & Noble on a recent road trip to San Francisco was how I found Jeff Garvin’s Symptoms of Being Human. It was on the top shelf in the “new” young adult section. Initially it’s cover drew me in, but then reading the blurb about Riley, a gender fluid teen, who was trying to figure themselves out while starting a new school and having a father who was running for public office (among other things) shot it to the top of my TBR list. (I’ve since read the book and love it—one of the best books I’ve ever read.)
I doubt I’d have found this book on Amazon. I probably wouldn’t have found it on the blogs I follow either. Of course you could also say if I hand’t been in B&N on that day I wouldn’t have found it either. But since I tend to browse YA shelves in book stores I might have found it eventually.
It’s this discoverability factor that make physical bookstores so important. It’s a chance to find something new.
Of course, the trick is you actually have to purchase from these places as well and in this digital age that can be tough for a number of reasons. I admit that sometimes I’ll find a book in a bookstore, scan it into my Amazon wish list and purchase later (Symptoms of Being Human, for example, was one I scanned to my wish list and later bought on Audible). But I also make sure to purchase at the bookstores often to do my part to keep them going.
So how do you find books? I’m curious to know how you find what you read, especially titles that might be outside of your normal genre or not from your must-read authors. How do you find that new thing you didn’t know you needed?
About Jeff AdamsJeff Adams is the author of the Hat Trick series of young adult/new adult stories. He’s also the author of several m/m romance shorts. Jeff and his husband, Will, live in the rural peace of Northern California. Besides writing about hockey in many of his stories, he covers the Detroit Red Wings, and reviews books that feature gay hockey players, for PuckBuddys.com (http://www.PuckBuddys.com). You can learn all about Jeff’s writing at jeffadamswrites.com (http://www.jeffadamswrites.com/). You can also follow him on Twitter @hockeyguynyc https://twitter.com/hockeyguynyc). and sign up for his email list (http://eepurl.com/7TJC9) to get the latest updates.
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.
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