Personally, I use a small independent bookstore most often because they are a local business that I like to support and because I much prefer to read printed books rather than e-books. I sometimes also use our local library for reading books that I'm not sure that I want to buy. I have ordered a few books online but I don't have an e-reader so I have to read them on my laptop. I like the convenience of that but I find the format of e-books to be a less decadent reading experience than a nicely formatted printed book. The "reflowable text" in e-books basically means no guarantee on the appearance of the words on the screen and I don't like it! Rant over... anyone else?
eBooks - if you're going to read these get an e-reader; not a tablet, not a laptop - an e-reader. The e-ink itself makes for a tremendous difference and is far superior to LCD screens!
As for buying:
Ebooks - most I get are from Amazon, since I have a Kindle and since amazon publish most things. I've also used the free archives to get a few older books which have no standing copyright holder over them.
Real books -
If its something semi-modern and published I tend to find I get most from Amazon these days - I generally find most of the more niche market fantasy/sci-fi and general interest books that I need there. Sadly the highstreet shops tend to cater more toward what I'd call coffeetable books and "fiction" books. If you want a book with more depth to it in a subject area of interest or if you want fantasy that isn't mainstream then you're not likely to find it on the highstreet.
I do like going through independent bookstores from time to time as they can have some interesting old or different stock.
Naw seriously, I do get about half my books from a high street vendor. I love walking in that shop and do some therapy shopping. It's basically, the only shopping sin I have ^^
The other half, I get at a book e-tailer called bol.com, they're by far the largest for our country, although I've heard amazon is also setting up shop in The Netherlands.
I always get paper, simply because books have a double purpose of being wall decoration after they've been read. That wouldn't work that well with e-readers ^^
And no, I don't use the library. It's simply that I can afford to buy my own books
Oh wait Library I forgot that! And myself I don't use it. Uni libraries or big national ones are good for journals and reference material - but the average town library is generally not well stocked in what I'm after. Yes they have a big inter-library loan system so chances are I could loan books if I need them, but with books being fairly affordable I just soak the damage to the wallet
I suspect if I were far far more limited in funds I'd use the library system more often.
PS - last library I went into was trying to diversify into a social centre! There was talking and noise and some kids in the upstairs reference section making noise and drawing (under supervision and encouraged!) Granted the reference section is 1 bookshelf standing with a big table in an upstairs area all one its own - but still it was very un-library like!
Traditional books, I can't really do E-books, i want them in my shelves Yes, its sorta like an obsession.
I either do online ordering cause they have EVERYTHING, for a good price, or i go to the local Fantasy/sci fi store bookstore Cause i want to support them! And its fun to browse the shelves, also dangerous....
And I stopped going to the library when I figured out that buying was so much more fun
I can't remember the last time I stepped into a library. Must do that again some time.
I order all my books online as the brick and mortar places here don't carry what I want to buy. It's a shame as I'd much prefer to be able to walk into a place and just choose what I want off of a shelf. Sigh. Still, the trade off is that things are enormously cheap online, so that's good.
Not a big fan of eBooks by the way. There's nothing wrong with them. It's just that I prefer traditional printed books because of their wonderfully tactile nature. Nothing smells quite like a freshly bought book!
Audiobooks, almost exclusively audiobooks... I do too much eyeball-intensive work during the week to have anything left for reading a novel. Thankfully, audiobooks have come a long way in the last ten years and most of the ones I listen to have high productions standards.
yeah especially when narrators are cool, like Michael Kramer, who reads all Wheel of time books and most of Sanderson's stuff... or Kate Reading, who also does Wheel of time together with Kramer and also has done all "Codex Alera" books... I love those two!
I totally favor traditional books over e-books. I spend so much time looking at a computer screen as it is, I don't like to when I'm relaxing and reading. As to where I get them from, usually Amazon is my source just because the nearest bookstore is more than two hours away. I used to go to the library all the time but since working third shift (for the last 11 years) I'm not exactly conscious during their hours - so it's the internet for research and Amazon for enjoyment reading
There's no library near me, I wish there was. I don't have an ebook reader and prefer real books anyway. I used to buy all my books in store but lately I've been buying about half in store and half online.
For e-books, Project Gutenberg, Baen Ebooks, Smashwords, Amazon, in that order.
For dead tree editions, local/used bookstores, my local discount store (good for books I wouldn't bother to buy elsewhere), online bookstores, and (what used to be) the World's Biggest Bookstore. Back at the tail end of the seventies, that was one of the first of the big box bookstores, converted from a 128-lane bowling alley.