The results are in, and I have the giveaway winners to announce:
- Congrats to Annie for winning a copy of Sarah Bakewell’s How to Live: A Life of Montaigne,
- and congrats to Stefanie for winning Parrot and Olivier in America!
If you two would send me your addresses (to ofbooksandbikes at yahoo dot com), I’ll have the books sent to you soon. Thanks to everyone for participating; I wish I could send you all a book!
I’ve been thinking lately about all the ways there are these days to get books, and I was surprised at how long my list was. No wonder my TBR piles are growing.
- Bookstores, including new and used. I have two used bookstores within a half mile of my house, and dozens more if I’m willing to drive a bit. There are new bookstores within, say a 20-minute drive, and tons more if I’m willing to drive further. If I drive an hour, I can get to New Haven, which has great stores, and if I drive 1.5-2 hours, I can get to Manhattan, with all the books I could want.
- Libraries, including my public library which is less than a mile from my house, and my school library. Hobgoblin’s school library too, for that matter. Oh, and from just about any library through inter-library loan.
- Library book sales. There are tons of these around here. In fact, there was one going on last weekend, but we wisely stayed away. I suppose you can get books at garage sales/tag sales too, although I never go to those these days.
- Online book stores. There’s Amazon, of course, but I try to buy from smaller sites like Powell’s or The Book Depository. There’s Better World Books, and tons of others. There’s eBay, too, right?
- E-books, from online sellers, from sites like Project Gutenberg that offer free classics, or free from the library (for me, both the public library and my school library).
- Audio books, again, from bookstores, for free online, or from the library (on CD or downloaded).
- Book-swapping sites like Book Mooch or Paperback Swap. I’ve gotten 136 books from Book Mooch, and I’ve given away 92. I’d say I came out ahead there!
- ARCs from publishers. Not everyone gets these, of course, but I think, generally, if you blog about books regularly for a while, publishers will start to contact you, even if your blog is small, like mine. It’s now possible to get ARCs digitally through NetGalleys.
- Free books from sites like Goodreads and LibraryThing. I just won Carlos Fuentes’s new novel from Goodreads, and I know quite a few people who have gotten books from LibraryThing’s Early Reviewer’s program. I’m just starting to try to my luck with them.
- Gifts. It’s a tradition around here, and probably for lots of you too, to give books on major holidays.
- Borrowing. I only borrow from others occasionally because I have so many of my own books to read, but I’m always happy to borrow something good from a friend, and I love it when friends borrow my books. I just lent a friend from work my copy of Infinite Jest, and I can’t wait to hear what she thinks of it.
- Blog giveaways. I’ve won quite a lot of books from my fabulous blogger friends. Thank you!
Am I missing anything?