Another one of those idle conversations on Twitter leads to me asking this question! A few people mentioned the idea of buying books in supermarkets as evil, but I do get some of my books from there. Mostly they are the disposable type (like my chick lit) that I know I'm unlikely to keep and so appreciate receiving more cheaply.
I thought I would be transparent about where my books come from, and ask you to reveal yours too!
As most people know, I am receiving a large amount of publisher review copies these days, but I would estimate them at only 40% of the books that come into the house.
30% of my books are brought in Waterstones - the books that I see on the 3 for 2 tables and buy on impulse; or when I'm desperate for a particular book and can't wait the few days to receive it from Amazon.
15% of my books come from charity bookstores. I love the excitement of browsing these and never knowing what gems you're going to find. Of course, the downside is that the author is not receiving any royalties. I guess this is my version of piracy :-/
10% of my books come from Amazon, a very small proportion! I should buy more from online stores but I simply am not great at waiting *grins*
If my calculations are correct, that should leave 3% which is library books (this year I can see that figure rising, as I continue to try and stop the rampant book buying) and 2% from supermarkets.