Rumors have been circulating in the public that Amazon plans to open a retail store in Seattle within the next couple months. With large book store chains such as Barnes and Noble and possibly Amazon controlling the market, smaller book stores are threatened. Do students still go to bookstores (big or small)? Are the majority of books bought online or at a store? Juniata students discuss their preferences.
Frank Filkosky ’13 Altoona, Pa.:
I definitely think people do not go to libraries as much as they use to. My mom is a librarian, so I personally believe they are good for society in general. I buy my books online, but if I need to do casual reading I go to a library.
Jared Edgerton ’12 East Windsor, N.J.:
I spend too much time in libraries for school to not believe they are relevant. Usually, I like to buy any book I am reading online. I like to write all over my books and buying instead of renting them allows me to do that.
Alex Shop ’12 Hershey, Pa.:
I rarely go to public libraries. I usually only go if I need a quick place to study or work. I mostly just buy my books online at Amazon. They tend to be the cheapest and most convenient for me.
Rachelle Wiegand ’14 Manheim, Pa.:
I go to any library I have access to. They are free and provide people with a lot of resources. I tend to get my books online and in a store. It all depends on the price, how urgent I need something, and convenience.
Kate McDonald ’14 Pennsylvania Furnace, Pa.:
I only go to the library if I need to. There are plenty of other places to work at. Also I get my books wherever it is most convenient whether it’s online or at a store.