Buying Books Online
A few years ago, I would not have dreamt of buying books online. To me, the concept of books has always been about browsing for the book in a bookstore, reaching for it from a shelf, flicking through a few pages and then heading towards the sales counter to get it billed and packed. Who would have thought that I would be one of those who orders books online? I myself couldn't imagine how I made the transition.
But with all the hassle of getting out of the house and taking the train or catching a bus to the bookstore, it has become far simpler to order for the book you want online. With just a click of the mouse, you can await the arrival of the book at your doorstep and in the comfort of your home. Add to it the novelty of ordering online and you have a unique experience. You would not normally think of books arriving at your doorstep, on your own order.
Gone are the days when you had to take the trouble of being present physically at a book shop and browse all the shelves from top to bottom in search of a little known book. Now all you have to do is to enter the name of the book and its author on to the search column of Google or some other search engine, and lo and behold, you have a page full of book stores, online stores or otherwise, where that particular book is available. You have just to choose your preferred online store, state whether you want a paper back or a hard back and give the address where you wish your desired book or books to be delivered. All it takes is the click of a little mouse and you have the desired item at your doorstep and this goes for other items, too.
Add to it the advantage of not having to lug home your books along with your other shopping. Besides receiving your book physically at your doorstep, some books can also be accessed online and this is even more of a novelty. You have only to pay the price of an online book and you are granted access to read the whole of the book online or download it on to your very own computer so that you may read it at a later date. The whole business of marketing books has changed and most of the publicity for books and their authors is done online and this is targeted at the net savvy citizens or netizens, as they are called. With the appearance of auctioning websites online, you also have the choice of buying hard copies of books first hand as well as second hand. This further enhances your experience of online book buying and also makes it a topic of discussion or online chats, as a result of which more and more people are drawn towards the concept of buying books online, in hard copy or in soft copy.