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message 1: by RandomAnthony (new)

RandomAnthony | 14536 comments Approximately what percentage does your book acquisition strategy land in each of these categories?

* acquired from library
* acquired from chain bookstore
* acquired from independent bookstore
* acquired from used bookstore
* acquired online (specific breakdowns if applicable)
* acquired on Kindle, Nook, whatever
* Other categories I haven't considered

I'm 85% library, probably 5% chain bookstores, 5% used bookstores, 3% online, and 2% independent bookstores.

checks math


message 2: by Michael (new)

Michael 70% online
15% library
10% independent bookstore
5% chain bookstore (Borders 40% off coupons)

message 3: by Helena (new)

Helena | 1058 comments 75% library
10% chain book store
15% used book stores/sales

message 4: by Jim (new)

Jim | 6485 comments 50% Gifts
30% Online
10% Book Store
10% Library

message 5: by Michele (last edited Feb 28, 2011 08:07AM) (new)

Michele bookloverforever (lovebooks14) | 1970 comments 85% library,5% chain bookstore,5% bookclub, 4% used bookstore, 1% internet.

message 6: by janine (new)

janine | 7715 comments 60% library, 25% thrift store, 10% bookstore, new and used, some online, 5% gifts.

message 7: by Sarah (new)

Sarah | 13815 comments 80% library
10% Daedalus (remaindered and new books)
5% book thing (free book store)
3% used book store
2% online

Lyzzibug ~Still Breathing~ (lyzzibug) | 708 comments 55% Oline
15% Free books online
20% Bookstore
5% Bookclub
4% Used bookstore
1% Library

message 9: by Félix (new)

Félix (habitseven) 99% library, .5% purchase (often Amazon, used), .5% gifts (also Amazon).

message 10: by Gatorman (new)

Gatorman Right now, its

80% e-books for Nook
20% chain

message 11: by janine (new)

janine | 7715 comments janine wrote: "60% library, 25% thrift store, 10% bookstore, new and used, some online, 5% gifts."

and now the actual numbers (based on what i read last year and have read so far this year):

library: 51,8%
bought used at thrift store: 20,4%
bought used online: 0,9%
bought used other: 3,7%
bought new in bookstore: 7,4%
bought new online: 1,8%
gotten as gifts: 9,2%
won: 0,9%
borrowed: 2,7%
didn't buy or borrow but read online: 0,9%

message 12: by Jammies (new)

Jammies Probably 75% Barnes & Noble.com, 5% gifts, 18% library, 2% Bookmooch.

message 13: by Lobstergirl, el principe (new)

Lobstergirl | 24152 comments Mod
Data based on all books I read through last September. Not based on all books actually acquired (I don't consider a library book an acquisition, because it doesn't join my collection).

library: 73%
used bookstore: 20%
won in Goodreads giveaways: 3.5%
free, library or bookstore discards: 3.5%

message 14: by [deleted user] (new)


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message 15: by [deleted user] (new)

0% library (I plan to change this % in the current year)
70% online book stores
15% new books in store
10% borrowed from friends
5% secondhand from school fete

message 16: by smetchie (last edited Mar 01, 2011 09:24AM) (new)

smetchie | 4034 comments I used to be like 90% library but I fell off the wagon. Now it's something like:
50% chain
40% bookswap
8% library
2% nook

I might give up book-acquiring for lent.

message 17: by Michael (new)

Michael Are you unhappy with the Nook?

message 18: by smetchie (new)

smetchie | 4034 comments OH!
See? this is why statistics are so misleading. I just got it a couple weeks ago so I haven't downloaded many books yet.

message 19: by Jim (new)

Jim | 6485 comments Statistics are misleading? Since when?

message 20: by Jonathan (new)

Jonathan Lopez | 4728 comments Statistics are only misleading about 14% of the time, Jim.

message 21: by janine (last edited Mar 01, 2011 11:59AM) (new)

janine | 7715 comments if you repeat that 100 times, will it still be true?

message 22: by Jim (new)

Jim | 6485 comments Jonathan wrote: "Statistics are only misleading about 14% of the time, Jim."

Oh good, so then I can trust them about 34% of the time?

message 23: by Jonathan (new)

Jonathan Lopez | 4728 comments Jim wrote: "Oh good, so then I can trust them about 34% of the time?"

Sounds about right, although prevailing weather conditions may affect your results on any given day.

message 24: by Jim (new)

Jim | 6485 comments So then if the wind is blowing from the north, south, east or west I probably shouldn't trust the stat.

message 25: by Jonathan (new)

Jonathan Lopez | 4728 comments Exactly. Hot air can also be an issue.

message 26: by Jim (new)

Jim | 6485 comments I've been told I'm full of hot air!

message 27: by Phil (new)

Phil | 11628 comments I buy in person at Barnes & Noble, online from Borders (ePub format e-books), and online from Amazon.

71% chain store
27% online
2% library

message 28: by Sarah (new)

Sarah | 13815 comments Most of my library books come from other branches as well. My branch is tiny. Basically anything that I go into the system looking for is going to come from another branch; the only books I get out of my branch are browse-and-borrow, not off my list.

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