Small Book Stores…

On the way home the other night I stopped at the huge Chapters big-box bookstore at Bayview Village. Sadly, they only had one of the many books I was looking for. This wasn’t obscure stuff, either; it was all recent mass-market SF&F paperbacks. I was quite surprised; the store’s SF&F section alone is larger than some small mall bookstores. Naturally, the computer said that all but one of the books were available at four other big box stores. But I was in Bayview Village…

So today on the way back from Lenscrafters (Charlotte whacked me in the glasses earlier this week, bending them), I stopped into the small Coles store in Fairview Mall. They had all of the books I was looking for (except the Diane Duane ones), and three more besides that I didn’t know I was looking for. This in an SF&F section about one-tenth the size of the one in Bayview Village!

Sure, I could order this stuff online. However, with the cheaper selections I get no discount at amazon.ca, a 5% discount at chapters.ca, and a 10% discount in store, so I like to get stuff in store when I can.

posted at 8:05 pm on Friday, July 23, 2004 in Books | Comments (2)

2 Comments

  1. Jeff K says:

    http://www.chapters.indigo.ca can do in-store availability checks.

  2. Harald says:

    Ya, that’s where I generated my list from. Nowadays the in-store computers just refer you to the website, with a little (easy to miss) counter in the upper right telling you how many copies are in the local store…

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