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Old 08-21-2012, 01:09 AM   #28
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Location: Utrecht, the Netherlands
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For at least 10 years I've not had a good bookstore experience in my city. The biggest bookstore in town decided on a new concept and removed about half of their bookcases in favour of tables. This might look nicer but at the same time their selection was decreased. Since I mostly read English books and their English section became noticeably smaller (mostly classics and popular fiction, which I'd already read or was not interested in). Also, their personnel doesn't/didn't have much knowledge about their stock: I once asked where I could find their Discworld selection and was told they didn't have any, only to find almost a full bookcase of Discworld books myself two minutes later.

The last straw was then, just before I got an ereader, I wanted to start the Jaz Parks series, I had seen several books of that series in stock and went to get the first in the series. After I couldn't find it I asked and after looking it up I was told they had the whole series in stock except for the first two books which they never had had in stock! When I asked if I could order the first book I was told it would take very long (two to three weeks) and was asked if I would really pick it up when it arrived. I offered to pay up front, but that wasn't possible. In the end I ordered it online. I've only been back to buy travel books and gifts.

The only bookstore that I can spend hours in is the American Book Centre, which has shops in Amsterdam and The Hague, especially their Amsterdam store I love.

Getting an ereader (first a Sony, now a Kindle) has made getting books I like a lot easier and faster.
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