Yes, you read that right book Karma! It exists.
For those of you who were back with me when news of Borders going under first leaked you all know how upset I was. (OK, that’s an understatement. But let’s not go back to that dark place.) There isn’t a single decent book store close enough to me that isn’t a religious book store. I have to drive 3-4 hours to the North or 2-3 hours to the South to get to a Barnes and Noble.
Since the 1 hour away Walden’s went under last September I have not seen the inside of a glorious book store. I haven’t been able to browse the beautiful rows, get that sinful new book smell stuck in my nasal cavity, or a simple sit down in an over cushioned chair and “try before you buy.” Standing in the isles at Shopko, Wal-Mart, and Sam’s Club is just not cutting it for me. Even though I’ve switched back to buying pretty much 99.9% of my books online, it just isn’t the same. Book store withdrawals, it’s a condition.
So on Tuesday we finally went to the Big City of the South and I got to go into a Barnes and Noble!! At first I was so over joyed, all those wonderful rows upon rows of books. Just waiting for Shera to buy them. At one point an employee found me caressing a copy of Rapture by Lauren Kate. Yep, it was Raptures release date and I was going to buy a copy straight from the book store!
Then I realized that there was no sale sticker! It was like I stepped into a foreign world. A hot new title just came out and there was no sale sticker. Borders always had sale stickers, about 30% to 40% off. When I asked an employee they said I could get 10% off if I got a membership. Then I asked them if I’d get coupons in my email. It went south from there. As they spouted off all the great discounts (which I actually laughed at a bit hysterically, and I do feel bad for the poor guy), it hit me that I’m not going to be able to get Border deals anymore. I use to buy every book 30% to 50% off, and then there was that magical time in November where I would get that Buy One Get on Free!!!! Just because I’d been a Gold Member at Borders for YEARS. (And no, I didn’t have to pay a penny for that status. Well unless you count the books I bought. )
So, I was really bummed out. So much so I left without even buying my copy of Rapture. After all I could at least get a decent price for it from The Book Depository. Well hours of shopping later I ended up in a Target. (Which is another store that is 3-4 hours away!!) And lo and behold they had Rapture for over 40% off. And the best part . . .
Just look at that bad boy:
It’s beautiful. Now I have to buy the eBook copy so that I don’t ruin this sexy little number.
The moral of this story? Believe in the book Karma and you shall score!