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Suggestions? Yes, I have a Kindle and am thinking of purchasing a Nook, but still......
More and more I resort to Amazon. I inadvertently ended up with a Prime membership (or whatever they call it), so usually things get here quick and with no shipping cost.
P.S. If you think the book end of things is bad, try finding a shop that sells new cds that adults would want to listen to.
I know the one you mean. An oddly antiseptic little place that I timidly venture into about once a year. I never see anything that I would remotely consider buying. Must be a front for some nefarious business. I'd ask, but the proprietor, who apparently has a sixth sense regarding the contents of my bank account, doesn't even look up when I come in.
I use to be happy in the days before Alcuin's Camelback location got bulldozed for a turnaround station for the light rail and its proprietor moved to a new location in Scottsdale that I have never visited. It was a block and a half from my office, and when I was in one of those "My G_d, I'm going nuts" moods, I could trot over to Alcuin's, have a nice chat with the gentle and intelligent proprietor, and usually buy a book or two. But those days are gone forever. Amazon is a great resource, but it just isn't the same.
The only other bookstore that I know of, other than those we've discussed, is the ratty store on 7th Street just North of Osborn. There is a halfway decent coffee shop in the same "center" where you can download your electronic Amazon purchases via WiFi, but the book store is not worth a visit in itself.
Sad, really sad.
Besides, as I recall there is really no place to sit down and look at a book in his shop. If he'd team up with the coffee shop in the same center, then maybe, but not under present conditions.
The shop on 7th, which I have visited a couple of times, is remarkable only in that it is still open. There must be a trust fund involved somewhere, cause they sure ain't making money on the poor selection of books.
I hadn't known that about Book Gallery. They've always given me a fair shake on trades (or as fair as one could expect), and I've found enough rarities, etc. there to keep me going back. There's also a decent Book Gallery down in Mesa, but I've only visited it once.
Any thoughts on Changing Hands? It's too far away to put on my regular rounds, but they have a nice straight up way of stocking the used copies right there with the new. There is (or was) a great shop up in Santa Cruz that does that as well.
Didn't know there was a second Book Gallery. Actually related or just the same name? It is this one proprietor I'm not thrilled about, so if there is a different shop with a different proprietor, well, then.......
Can't help on Changing Hands. Haven't been in it since it was located in Tempe a decade or more ago.
Although I'm not being much help to you, I hope you'll keep sharing your observations. I've more or less ceased buying dead tree books, but still couldn't reject out of hand something like the Collected Works of Herbert Spencer in quarto with marbled endpapers - the sort of thing I still regret having passed up in Milwaukee 35 years ago. OTOH, my wife would kill me.
Changing Hands was forced by circumstances to leave Tempe, she said, but here they are ... CH's ... helping pick up the pieces.
That time insured that I would at least get in during the first wave of attendees. Once the place (the size of 2 or 3 supermarkets) was full (read crammed) they controlled the flow at the entrance by the flow of the exits.
It was a madhouse with people just grabbing at rows of books..............
And yes to Bookmans. I go to the Mesa one, but the one in Phoenix is a fun trip. There are three in Tucson, which says something about the dif between the two cities.