Book Blogger Hop: September 2-8

The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Jennifer @ Crazy-For-Books in March 2010 and ended on December 31, 2012. With Jennifer’s permission, Coffee Addicted Writer relaunched the hop on February 15, 2013. Each week the hop will start on a Friday and end the following Thursday. There will be a weekly prompt featuring a book related question. The hop’s purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog. 

The Book Blogger Hop post image was created by Coffee Addicted Writer.

This Week’s Question

Is it difficult to find new books in local bookstores? (Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer)

I live in the most populous county of Virginia, so thankfully it’s not difficult to find new books in local bookstores since there’s a large population that can support the presence of many such stores. In addition to a Barnes & Noble, there’s an independent bookstore about a 10-minute drive from my house. And I just learned of another one about a 20-minute drive from my house.

Thankfully the closest store to me (the independent seller) is great about stocking new releases. In fact, I frequently visit their new release page for inspiration. And most of the time I have no problem finding something interesting to pick up there. However, I have had to order several books they don’t automatically keep in stock. Those are generally from independent publishers, though my bookstore, I think, is very cognizant of keeping at least the “Indie Next List” books on their shelves.

So, overall, no, it’s not difficult for me to find new books in my local bookstores.

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This is a great post! It’s wonderful that you’re able to find new books at your local bookstores! In my case, I’ve noticed it depends on what bookstores I go to. Some offer a wide variety of new releases, while others have very limited selection to choose from.

Books are expensive in Canada, even at the big-box stores. It’s not uncommon for hardbacks to go for $30 CAD (about $23 American). The indie bookstores are not always able to be competitive with these prices, which can unfortunately make it even more expensive to get a hold of things.

I find I have the most luck with big bookstores, simply because they have the ability to stock more things in the store. There’s an indie bookstore within walking distance from me that does free pre-order in-store pickups, but their physical store space is very small. So the number of new releases they can stock is of course, limited.

It’s mostly traditionally published new releases. I don’t often see independently published books there.