Thursday Thoughts: My Favourite Bookstore

Thursday Thoughts: My Favourite Bookstore

Thursday Thoughts I love shopping for books, I’m sure you’re all aware lol. So another excellent Thursday Thoughts topic this week!

When it comes to buying books which store is your favorite? Do you prefer big chain stores or independent bookstores? Do you even have any independent bookstores near where you live? And, here’s the one that’s going to be the most revealing; How often would you say you go to the bookstore? Do you buy something every time you go there?

Not too long ago, my city lost its wonderful second hand bookstore. Due to some fuckups from the higher ups (it’s a long story, but the Dutchies will understand when I say: De Slegte/Selexyz/Polare) the store’s gone now. I really miss it, it was my go-to store with very reasonably priced used books including a decent English collection.

Because that is the problem with many stores in the Netherlands. They usually all have an English section, but it’s either small, doesn’t have a large or refreshing selection, or it’s… expensive.

That’s why one of my favourite bookstores – not in my own city – is the American Book Center. They are located in Amsterdam and The Hague and they have the best selection ever. I love them! And they even have discounted and used books!

Besides that I admit that for English books I often seek refuge online, with the Book Depository for example…

But I’d never buy Dutch books online. We have a fixed book price in the Netherlands, meaning books are rarely discounted. This means it doesn’t matter where you buy them. That’s why I love buying them in a bookstore, so I can support the store. We don’t have any especially nice bookstores (or even independent stores?) in my city but there’s nothing wrong with the ‘regular’ bookstore.

So how often do I go to the bookstore? Back when we had our used bookstore, which was on the way from my house to work 😉 , I’d go at least once a week (and would never leave the store without at least one book). Now I’m not going as often. I mostly buy English books online, and there’s not many Dutch books I desperately want lately. So these days I go maybe once a month? And might even leave without a book.
(Heavily compensated by all the books I bought online until recently. Back on a book buying ban right now!)

3 thoughts on “Thursday Thoughts: My Favourite Bookstore

  1. We have the same problem, small English sections, expensive books, or neither. It’s a real shame. We are getting better at translations lately, and our library finally stocked up on some English books as well, so thinga re getting better. 😀 But I still prefer buying online due to price. I wish the books got here faster, though.
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    1. The price is sadly my main reason 🙁 If a book in a bookstore costs three times as much as online, that decides for me 🙁 Ah well, at least I’m buying, I guess XD

  2. Yup same, most of my physical books are bought online (from the Book Depository or Amazon). There is a pretty good second hand bookstore I frequent, but otherwise English books are expensive and limited 🙁

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