Ah, the good old days. Before our economy became such a frightening thing and hearing of job losses, business closures and foreclosed homes were routine. Back when a weekly or bi-monthly trip to The Mother Ship (also known as Barnes & Noble) was part of my schedule.
Things of the past. Not just due to the economy but the reality of being married and having a family. A trip to Barnes & Noble now is a rare gem and one that I think heavily on before embarking. What used to be a spur of the moment decision, with at least one impulse buy, if not more, is now a researched journey. As delighted as I am when receiving a gift card to B&N (or even the competition, Borders) I will admit that my mind races ahead to remind myself to think carefully before I purchase - - it's a much larger decision now, when such purchases are a rarity.
I am lucky. I have an incredible library system where I live (one of the very few benefits to living where I currently live!). However, no matter how up to date and well stocked the library is, it certainly doesn't compare to the soothing sounds of the currently playing CD piped throughout the store, or the mentally stimulating aroma of freshly brewed coffee or - - most especially - - the smell of the pages of a brand new book, one where the pages are still crisp and crinkly and the spine gives you an audible crack when you open it. Surely I am not the only book geek who loves the smell of new books?
Anyhow, I was just wondering - - how much has the economy affected you and your book purchases? Have you been forced to patronize the library more so now than before? Or are you a library patron for the first time? Or do you still find ways to purchase your books at your local bookstore, or online?