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Choosing Books

Just wondering how many of us use our libraries regularly?

I'm very happy with our local one in Tavistock, but also have the occasional buying spree on Amazon or Awesome books.
I often have a quick look at the synopsis if it's an author I haven't previously read. Must say any character described as enigmatic is an immediate put back!.
Any other "put offs"?

Posted at 1st Jul 2012 - 04:46PM   Posted by Lily   Choosing Books Comments: 17

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Inthemud's Avatar I hardly ever use library now, was a regular when the children were little as could get loads for them. Usually can't find what i want without ordering it. So tend to go straight to Amazon now.
However, my youngest G is doing her work experience at our local library all this coming week. I was impressed with how it had all changed from when i last visited.

Posted by: Inthemud on 1st Jul 2012 at 05:34PM

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Camilla's Avatar Hello Lily,

I use our local Library quite often and I am pleased that at least with much controversial talk there has been lately on the possibility that Library's will cease I am thankful they are still with us, we need our Library's.!Smile I do order some books from Amazon though Lily, as presents for friends and family, some for me too especially when I have read a book and loved it so much that I did not wan't to part with it.

If you like the Classics Lily there are some great books at The Persephone Books. Here is the link Lily.

Persephone Books

On the subject of Erotica Lily, better not read 'Fifty Shades of Grey' by the author E.L.James thenSmile It has sold more than 10 million copies so far and has become the best selling e-book of all time. It even beat all of Harry Potter books and Dan Brown's - The Da Vinci Code. Have not read it though Lily.Smile

I love all the Classics, love Historical fiction too, adore Poetry books, Biography's, books written by famous Diarists of which I have several here. Books on artists of works of art, and like some detective novels including Agatha Christie. I am not really into chic-lit though.

Where would we be without books.!

Posted by: Camilla on 1st Jul 2012 at 06:04PM

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Camilla's Avatar Yes Muddie, Library's are so different now I agree, I loved it when you chose a book from the shelf and took it to the Librarian and she then stamped it for you with the date on when to return it, that nostalgic little buff colour card attached inside the sleeve of the book. The big notice on the Library wall that said.... SILENT
(should we dare talking aloud). Everything is computerised now days of course, one can even order on line from the Library now too.

Posted by: Camilla on 1st Jul 2012 at 06:13PM

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Inthemud's Avatar Yes, every one is talking about 50 shades of grey, I've not read iot yet, but my daughter is doing so.

Posted by: Inthemud on 1st Jul 2012 at 06:14PM

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Inthemud's Avatar I know Camilla, the library is totally automated now. Not even sure i know how to use it!

Posted by: Inthemud on 1st Jul 2012 at 06:16PM

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Arosebyanyothername's Avatar I use our library in Cowbridge which has recently had a 'makeover' and is automated. I always get something wrong although I am usually au fait with technology, the library, along with those express tills where you scan your own stuff, seem to see me coming.
I mostly use the library for books and DVDs for the grandchildren and DVDs and talking books for myself. I would chain myself to the door if I thought that ours was going to close. It is outrageous that libraries are closing - reading is so important.

Posted by: Arosebyanyothername on 1st Jul 2012 at 06:46PM

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CalicoKate's Avatar LOVE our library even if it is open at silly times only three days a week and they need to turn their talking book collection round a bit faster. My dad goes weekly as he reads vast numbers of books and would be bankrupt and wouldn't have anywhere to live if he bought the number of books he reads. Mum is holiday cover for the library and, although I haven't been for a couple of weeks, there is a knitting group on a Wednesday afternoon. I can tell you there isn't a SILENT sign in the library on that day! Or on Friday mornings when the littlies are having their story/sing-along-time. I tend to avoid Friday mornings! There's also a computer room.
I buy second hand books quite often which I pass on to the Armed Forces, but rarely buy new ones, simply can't afford to.
Have just been sent three new books as a surprise parcel by a friend I confess it is lovely to be the first person to read a book, ut I also like the history that library/2nd hand books have. Some library books have little initials in the back cover to remind people that they have read it!

Posted by: CalicoKate on 1st Jul 2012 at 06:59PM

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Lampworkbeader's Avatar I use my library all the time - it saves me having to buy a bigger house just for my books - but it's getting so expensive to order a book that soon it will be cheaper to buy them on Amazon then pass them on to a charity shop.

Posted by: Lampworkbeader on 1st Jul 2012 at 08:56PM

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Mountainear's Avatar Rarely use the library to borrow books or for reference these days. Do use the Shropshire Archives - am not sure if this is part of the same service - and they are worth their weight in gold.

Posted by: Mountainear on 1st Jul 2012 at 09:10PM

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Withy Brook's Avatar I have never used the library much. I am a slow reader and the business of having to re-register has always put me off. For one heady year, I was Chairman of the Library, Archives and something else Committee on Northumberland County Council, so I am very aware of the importance of libraries to the public. It upsets me when the service is cut, but often it is because not enough people are using it.
Here we have a Mobile Library. It used to come weekly, now I think it is every 3 weeks and it is constantly being monitored because of the low usage.

Posted by: Withy Brook on 1st Jul 2012 at 09:26PM

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Lily's Avatar Golly gosh- erotica and I see it's a trilogy. A bit late now but will research tomorrow!

Posted by: Lily on 1st Jul 2012 at 10:23PM

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Blackbird's Avatar I am totally a library user- I go at least twice a week to pick up or drop off books. I order books up at home online and then watch for them to arrive but, I also browse the shelves if I have time.

Our neighborhood library is open 5 days a week but somewhere in the city- there are libraries open every day. They are such a resource for everyone especially now that there are computers for people to reserve and use. There are 27 libraries in Seattle as well as a mobile unit- can you tell that I love the library?

I love books and have far too many in the house but I rarely buy current fiction unless it's British and I can't find it here at the library- like our summer read.

On the other subject, my daughter picked up '50 shades of grey' at Costco and said that everyone was talking about it. I asked her if she knew what it was about and she said no but she took it home anyway. I haven't heard if she's started it.....

Posted by: Blackbird on 2nd Jul 2012 at 05:57AM

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Westerwitch's Avatar I used to work in a library many many years ago - but never go near one now . . . all my book reading is done through Amazon and Kindle.

Posted by: Westerwitch on 2nd Jul 2012 at 11:09AM

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Lily's Avatar The Shades of grey books are everywhere at the moment- mentioned in today's i.
Think I've mastered the auto checkouts at the library, they seem to have nice pictures aimed at children maybe?
Thank you for the Persephone link Camilla, will explore that.
I also go to the library for Rhyme Bounce- with small granddaughter -.
Sometimes I regret the passing of the Silence sign- find folk calling out loudly to each other across the room a bit off putting but think that's another oldie rantSad

Posted by: Lily on 2nd Jul 2012 at 05:39PM

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KitKatCot's Avatar I love the library. The librarians are so friendly and we love chatting about books, a conversation which generally moves on to all manner of things,so before I know it I have spent my whole lunch hour there. I was in a few weeks ago picking up my books (ordered on line) for my holiday when a lady standing beside the counter said 'I just take my Kindle on holiday' I enquired 'did anyone else just hear someone swear?' 'Yes' was the reply from one of the librarians, 'may I introduce the head of Library services for the County'Confused

Posted by: KitKatCot on 2nd Jul 2012 at 07:35PM

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Fairy Nuff's Avatar I'm afraid I haven't set foot in the library in over a decade.
I'm not much of a story reader and most books I have are practical or reference books so are ones you want to keep not give back.
Even when I did go regularly in the past I never found much in the way of Art and Craft books in our library that weren't for KidsRolling Eyes
So I don't go to the Library but I love a good Bookshop!
(and I don't like reading on a screen so no kindle or E-books here).

Posted by: Fairy Nuff on 3rd Jul 2012 at 10:02AM

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Camilla's Avatar Just read on the internet that soooo many people are reading Fifty Shades Of Grey that there is now going to be a huge baby boom on the way.Blink

Posted by: Camilla on 5th Jul 2012 at 03:57PM

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