May 2005 found us moving to Okinawa, Japan and away from Borders, Barnes & Noble and all American (English) bookstores. Though the base PX’s & BX have some of the latest NY Times bestseller titles on their shelves the days of wandering aimlessly through the stacks of a real bookstore haven’t existed since and won’t until next spring when we move back to the States. Thank God for Amazon.com! But if that ceased to exist (yeah right!) then I would order from Borders.com (yes they severed from Amazon last month and now have their own on line store). I love the Barnes & Noble website but their shipping time takes at least a month to get here. I would also resort to making lists and asking my folks to send me books if I had too. Actually, some ARC’s I receive have to be sent to them and then they forward the packages on to me because the publishers use DSL or UPS or something and I can only accept USPS (Priority if you want it to get here in a week, otherwise GOOD LUCK) at our base Post Office.
What would you do if, all of a sudden, your favorite source of books was unavailable? Whether it’s a local book shop, your town library, or an Internet shop … what would you do if, suddenly, they were out of business? Devastatingly, and with no warning? Where would you go for books instead? What would you do? If it was a local business you would try to help out the owners? Would you just calmly start buying from some other store? Visit the library in the next town instead? Would it be devastating? Or just a blip in your reading habit?