My husband and I shop at a mass market retailer store on days when we're looking for a one-stop option to buy our baby and kid stuff, toys and gifts, household supplies, personal care products, and random seasonal items. At this place, one thing I try to avoid buying are books because such businesses don't rely primarily on book sales to be successful.
I respect everyone's book buying choices, and if you buy your books at mass market retailer locations or grocery stores, that's really perfectly fine with me because hey, you're supporting authors, and that's a good thing. And if I ever get published, and my book gets the privilege of being carried at one of these places, by all means, feel free to buy a copy.
Though I've bought books at mass market retail locations on rare occasions, I may wonder if, after I make my purchase, an angel nobly guarding over an indie bookstore will get one of its wings amputated with rusty gardening shears.
So I buy from indie bookstores and Barnes & Noble as often as I can; these are my top choices for book purchases.
But here's this...I've also bought books from Amazon, currently the biggest online mass market retailer. Just by sharing this, maybe I'm conjuring up imagery of screaming, de-winged angels weeping tears of blood. And before I get called out for contradicting my earlier claim that I avoid buying books from mass market retailers, I want to say that Amazon isn't usually my first choice for where I shop for books. (Although I love using Amazon for buying a bunch of other stuff.) For example, I might buy from them when a bookseller doesn't carry the book I'm looking for and I don't have the time to call around to other places to see if they carry the book. That's where Amazon comes in very handy. And maybe someday, a novel of mine can be found on Amazon too.
So I do what I can to support bookstores because booksellers ROCK. They totally do. I just don't buy from them 100% of the time.
Where do you buy your books?