Originally Posted by djulian
But I kind of miss the thrill of the hunt, so to speak. I miss disappearing into the stacks at a used bookstore and resurfacing with a nicely-priced copy of Kierkegaard or P.D. James or Tolstoy or some other author of interest. And an added bonus, I knew my dinner guests would see these books on my bookshelves and know something about me--that I like philosophy and mystery and Russian literature. And I would smile and organize my shelves at home and feel fairly well-satisfied in my books. This doesn't happen anymore.
Not exactly the same, but hunting on the internet can result in finding wonderful books. I'm always delighted when I find a title that most likely would not be available at a new bookseller or at used bookstores in my area.
Amazon is a treasure trove for hard to find and out of print books.