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  1. JahaRa

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    You must be too young to remember telephone books. They had a blue section that listed all the government agencies, departments, phone numbers and addresses. A new book came out every year and it was free from the telephone company for all of their customers, but you could go to the library and use the phone book there if you needed to, as well as all pay phones had a phone book chained to the phone, (sometimes those were stolen or vandalized).

    The libraries have lending privileges with all other libraries so if your local library did not have books on the subject you were interested in you could ask the librarian to do a search at other libraries and they could get the book or books you needed. The university libraries allow non-students to use their resources as well, except I don't think you can check the books out if you are not a student.

    When I wanted to find a book I would go to the library and look for the author or subject, when I was feeling rich I would go to the bookstore.
     
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  2. Standingstones

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    In the pre-internet days you needed to be a bit more resourceful. When traveling I would always take my trusty road atlas with me. No using GPS in those days. When you wanted to find out something the library was your friend. Living near the state capital I would use the State Library for reference material. Granted, they didn’t have Stephen King books to read.

    The bottom line was you needed to get off your duff and track down information. You couldn’t reach for your phone or tablet and dial up Goggle. It’s easier now but I tend to miss the old days to a certain extent. Even today, when you can search for virtually anything, people are still lazy and stupid. Go figure!
     
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  3. pigfarmer

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    Or a 'recycled reading' shop. There was a great one nearby where a buck could net you some cool paperbacks. Unfortunately the building wasn't structurally stable and being situated on a cliff 30' above a big creek they closed it. A shame, last one and there probably won't be anymore.

    I have an old phone book right next to me. Remember the vinyl covers with local advertising?
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  4. August

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    What's a magazine ?
     
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  5. pigfarmer

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    depends on who you ask
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  6. nivek

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    Not at all, sometimes wish some aspects of that were still around, life in many ways was better before the internet, in my opinion...

    I used to frequent the used and new book stores hanging around for hours reading through various books and always buying a book or five...Also frequented the local libraries but often I found they did not have some of the newer or very old books I sought...But I did spend hours at the library, sometimes bringing in my own books to read wanting to be out of the house but in a quiet place to read...

    I never kept up with the news when I traveled during pre-internet times, it wasn't a priority to me to read such information and I wasn't one to watch much television...I have watched more movies and TV shows because of the internet than I did during pre-internet times...

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  7. JahaRa

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    Dallas has a great chain of used book stores called Half Price Books. The original is in an old building near I35 and has two stories. They also buy out the books from major chains that don't sell, along with toys, games, music etc. You can still get old vinyl records and if you have anything in good condition you can sell it to them. I used to spend a lot of time in several of their stores, depending on what part of town I was in, but I also used to make a special trip into Dallas to go to the original store.
     
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  8. JahaRa

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    a monthly or weekly publication, they are still around but expensive and struggling to keep relevant. Or are you joking? I still get magazines that I never ordered because I didn't pay attention to the order form when I ordered clothes from a specific website. Style is the most useless rag I have ever seen. I take it to the senior center since it is brand new and they always want new magazines. They probably use it for art projects or take it home for the bottom of the bird cage.
     
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  9. Standingstones

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    How times have changed. When I was still working I would go to Barnes and Noble each week and purchase a hard covered book and a few magazines. I cut back on magazine purchases. You read it once and then it lies around or you recycle the mag. Books from the bookstore got to be too expensive. I tend to buy used books or download them if they are cheap enough.

    I never thought I would go the ‘reading books on a tablet’ routine. I guess an old dog can learn new tricks after all.
     
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  10. nivek

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    I read a few things on my tablet but still prefer to have the book if its something of great interest to me...

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  11. Standingstones

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    We had stacks of books throughout the house. My wife is trying to get rid of crap that we have stored up over the years. Books are at the top of the list to be gotten rid of. I still have giant shelf of art books and esoteric and spiritual books I have collected over the years. I can’t bring myself to part with them.
     
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  12. nivek

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    If you ever decide to part with any of your esoteric or spiritual books let me know, I will be happy to purchase them from you...I have quite a collection myself...

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  13. JahaRa

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    Wow, I have tons of stuff I am going through to get rid of but I will not get rid of my books.
     
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  14. Standingstones

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    I had lots of novels that I read one time and have no plans to read those particular books again. Those books can be easily gotten rid of. I have many full size art books with color photos I could never part with. I hate to give those books to the local public libraries. Those books tend to make their way onto the shelves of books for sale on the cheap. I paid too much to see those books being sold for $2 by the library.
     
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  15. nivek

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    None of my books are fiction, I don't read fiction except the digital comic books I have...lol

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  16. pigfarmer

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    I still have books from when I was a kid. Still pull an old paperback out once in a while. The feel, look and smell brings me back.
    My habit is usually to have a print book and kindle book going at the same time. Right now it’s about the mediterranean pirates and founding of the US Navy and the Hanford nuclear site since WW2

    Newspapers all gone. My phone never gets stuck in a bush or snow thrower and always shows up
     
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  17. nivek

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    They have a website too...

    Half Price Books

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  18. JahaRa

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    When the kids were little we had the habit of going to Walden books once a month and we would all get one new book. I never could afford hard backs then. We also went to the library weekly to check out books.
     
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  19. The shadow

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    I asked my kids separately this question.
    What is the Dewey decimal system?
    Kate:
    I think it used to be a way to find books
    In the library.
    Debbie: same answer (both 18 )
    Ian: I think it was something to do with the library (age 13)
    Chris: sorry Dad what is that? (Age 9)
    And Samantha at 6 has no clue..
     
  20. wwkirk

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    Naturally, up through high school, Dewey Decimal was the way to go. Over time, I had become somewhat familiar with the categories. But upon entering college, and thereafter, the Library of Congress system was what I almost exclusively encountered.

    Now that I buy books, almost all non-fiction, and virtually never visit libraries, the IBSN number has become very important. Apple and oranges, of course, as ISBNs do not pertain to classification.
     
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