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 dormouse ( 4th Oct 2003, 13:53, Rank: Jedi )  reply

I always found WHSmith was good for star trek books, but that was 6 years ago so could have changed.

I would actually guess that the problem with finding the Duane books is that they may be in the children's books section, or simply not in stock because the particular shop doesn't concentrate on that category. Also, several in that series are rather old - unless the shop has loads of space (I would have expected Foyles/Murder One to have them), they don't usually keep books around for very long unless they are particularly popular. Your typical SF/fantasy book shelves in a Waterstones is very different to what we have in the library :) Again I would suggest a large WHSmith or similar as they concentrate more on childrens books, having more students and parents as customers. I may be talking complete rubbish of course, but i'm not surprised most of those shops didn't have the set!

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 Sulkyblue ( 5th Oct 2003, 13:13, Rank: Nazgul )  reply

I don't know much about hte set, but I thin Diane Duane is a much much bigger name in America then she is here. It's similar with Brust - ever Forbidden Planet and Murder 1 rarely have more than just the latest releases in and generally Michael and I clear them out of most of their stock.
WHsmits did used to be good for star trek books, and the one's i go in and look at tend to have a kind of core collection generally including the latest ones (same for Waterstones etc) but where-as they used to have several shelves, they now tend to limit to 2. I suspect this sort of thing is mostly due to places like Amazon. If you're buying a large number of books, or hunting out a specific older book to complete a collection online really is the best place to go. They're almost certainly cheaper and the stores can maintain a much much larger warehouse. And in the face of that high-street stores aren't going to dedicate shelf space to having a whole set of books that probably won't sell for months. Although they'll probably be happy to order them for you.
Basically I' not at all surprised that no one had the older books in the series in stock, but it's a bit disapointing they didn't have the newer ones.
As for the Pratchett - the supermarkets will have the best deal because they can buy it in absolutely huge quantities! They have both the number of shops countrywide and the warehouse space. Forbidden Planet not having any in stock is stunningly poor, but I suspect that comes down to a supplier screwing them over or possibly even selling out.

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 karne ( 6th Oct 2003, 16:57, Rank: GSV )  reply

Sussex Stationors (sp? blergh) is always a good source, nearest that i know of is Marble Arch.

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 elvum ( 6th Oct 2003, 17:52, Rank: Triffid )  reply

I think you should just use Amazon. :-)

I don't understand the whole "supporting bookshops" thing. If they're a more reliable source for the books you want, use them; if they're crap, order online.

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 karne ( 6th Oct 2003, 17:54, Rank: GSV )  reply

personally i like buying books for real (mmm paper), amazon is almost as expensive and slow

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 bigbob ( 6th Oct 2003, 18:36, Rank: Psycho Historian )  reply

if you want to support stores, go to them and ask them to order the books for you. most wil eb more than happy to.

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 Hack ( 7th Oct 2003, 00:50, Rank: Cylon Centurion )  reply

Here is a sardonic take on what you say.

To be honest, I like bricks-and-mortar stores for their second-hand stuff best.

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