Why would you buy a book in a bookstore if you can get it online 30 or 40% cheaper?
Nostalgia. I still love the feel of a book in my hand as I'm reading. I do enjoy my iPad when I'm at class, but being able to sit in a chair and flip through a book. And not everything is available electronically. There are still a couple of authors out there that haven't agreed to publish as e-books.
I do it to support local business. I only buy online if I can't find the book in an independent book store.
I share recipe books and books on health with my family and friends. We do exchanges once in awhile.
I understand what you are saying. But unfortunately small independent bookstores pay as much for the book as Amazon sells them for. So while I understand saving money, it will be the undoing of small independent merchants.
Merchants, unless a big chain like Barnes and Noble, simply don't get the breaks buying only a few copies. Independent stores pay 80% of the cover price for a book so it makes it nearly impossible to stay in business.
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