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Are there any book stores in the Cebu area other than the National Book Store chain??

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xylo7

I always wonder why they wrap the books with plastic and who would buy the books when they can't be sampled first. Can't browse anymore like the good old days.

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lamoe
4 hours ago, xylo7 said:

I always wonder why they wrap the books with plastic and who would buy the books when they can't be sampled first. Can't browse anymore like the good old days.

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Talked to a store owner about that.

People had a tendecnty to over bend the books as if they wanted them to lie flat - creasing  hard cover spines and destroying soft covers.

Most not as well made as before.

Note: Barnes and Noble in US / Rockford doesn't BUT if one of the roving spotters sees you doing it you bought it.

 

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Dafey
1 hour ago, lamoe said:

People had a tendecnty to over bend the books

I think it's a younger generation thing not just found in the Philippines. I have many hardcover books that are prized possessions and I'm very careful with the binding. Once the binding is broken the book is worthless.

We got a new karaoke machine a while back with a hardcover book with the songs, very nicely done. took all of 12 seconds for them to break the binding.

I read a lot on my Kindle and even when I look to buy I can almost always get a sample of the book on Kindle so I can have a taste of the author's style before buying a hardcover. 

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mikewright

There's a good second-hand bookstore in Robinsons Mall Fuente.  Can't remember its name, but its on the first floor, left hand side as you get off the escalator.

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trevorclap007

Book Sale, a used book chain. There's one in Parkmall and SM City.

A bit of topic, there's an ongoing booksale right now till July 23 at the IEC Convention Center, located at the back of Landers.

https://www.bigbadwolfbooks.com/ph/

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lamoe

I believe E mall top floor near phone kiosks

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xylo7
Talked to a store owner about that.
People had a tendecnty to over bend the books as if they wanted them to lie flat - creasing  hard cover spines and destroying soft covers.
Most not as well made as before.
Note: Barnes and Noble in US / Rockford doesn't BUT if one of the roving spotters sees you doing it you bought it.
 
I still wonder how any of the physical stores can make money these days, cellophane wrapping around the books or not.

One of my favorite weekday activities was going to B&N or Borders in the early afternoon getting a big cup of coffee and while away the afternoon reading skews of books at the in-store Cafe. About 20%of the time I'd buy a book.

Doing this activity these days is going the way of the phone booth. And impossible in Cebu, yes?

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Kreole
3 hours ago, mikewright said:

There's a good second-hand bookstore in Robinsons Mall Fuente.  Can't remember its name, but its on the first floor, left hand side as you get off the escalator.

I have been there numerous times but stopped going because it is so difficult to locate a good read as they are stuck among the thousands of useless romance and Clancy novels.

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mikewright
1 hour ago, Kreole said:

I have been there numerous times but stopped going because it is so difficult to locate a good read as they are stuck among the thousands of useless romance and Clancy novels.

I know what you mean. But if you look hard enough you can locate a Jane Austin or two among all the Barbara Cartlands ?. And they do a pretty cheap price on some of the older prints.

I've been going there for years. Admittedly, they use the Halo-halo system rather than the Dewey system for filing their books, but I have usually managed to find a handful of hidden gems, sometimes in the unsorted books in the boxes under the shelves.

I wonder how long shops like this will continue, though, with e-books and kindle moving into their space. A while back I posted on this forum that i had about 70 books to give away if anyone wanted them. No takers here, but my neighbors were very happy to have them

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lamoe
5 hours ago, xylo7 said:

I still wonder how any of the physical stores can make money these days, cellophane wrapping around the books or not.


 

Good question

Would go to B&N scope out the SiFi books I wanted  put in request t -  library  usually granted in a couple of weeks

Staff said I was one of the few who used that service and was responsible for increasing the SF section as that it was .science Fiction rather that heavily Science & Fantasy

Since I still pay real estate taxes can use online e-book portal.

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xylo7

Has anybody been to a real public library in the Cebu City area? Does that exist? I'm sure it's not up to us standards, but there must be something.

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lamoe
43 minutes ago, xylo7 said:

Has anybody been to a real public library in the Cebu City area? Does that exist? I'm sure it's not up to us standards, but there must be something.

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Osmena  right side - down from Escario - open 24 / 7

OR left side up from Colon ?

About what you'd expect from a  US small city

Dress code enforced

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Enuff
Osmena  right side - down from Escario - open 24 / 7
OR left side up from Colon
About what you'd expect from a  US small city
Dress code enforced
Mayor Osmena made the library 24/7 after requests from students about 3 months ago.

He had gotten a lot of heat for acting so quickly, less than a week from idea to reality.

Now he often posts pictures of a full library, says he is opening more.

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xylo7

I don't mean to get too off topic, but I feel it's related to libraries and bookstores, but are there any coworking centers in Cebu?

 

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