I'm in a scrounging for books frame of mind this week. I've been reading a couple of interesting books but have decided to wait and review them with other related titles.
In the mean time I was poking around the Barnes and Noble and Amazon websites. I like to compare them. I also find it very interesting to have foxnews.com open in one window and cnn.com open in a different one, but that's another story. Anyway, at Barnes and Noble my click pattern goes like this: Kids>Subjects>See All Subjects>History. Here I can search inside of this little history niche for sports or dogs or art or whatever which often conjures up some unique history titles. In contrast, at Amazon I click first on Books>Children's Books>History & Historical Fiction. Here I can't search in this narrower history field. And check out how different the top selling children's history lists are at each site:
I see some titles I gotta read! I also see some titles on that Amazon list that make me go “huh?” Would you call 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea a history book??? And that Leprechaun in Late Winter title kind of threw me for a loop. But it turns out it does introduce a historical figure, Lady Gregory. And what is up with two Anne Franks and two Holocaust titles appearing within the top ten on the Barnes and Noble list? I also notice that no single title is shared by both lists.
The bottom line is that I like searching for books at bn.com. But I like how the reviews are organized at Amazon. I like that shipping is free on orders of $25 or more at Amazon and usually order from them. But if I need a single title I call my local Barnes and Noble and if they don't have it they order it for me and I pick it up at the store without paying shipping. And I love their store. Sometimes, on those rare evenings when the kids are hither and yon, and we're not sure what to do with ourselves, my husband and I go hang out at Barnes and Noble. It's nice.