I used to love browsing bookstores. I would go inside a cozy retailer and browse the genre sections of mystery and fantasy. I could spend hours, and I would drop much more money than I should have with every visit.
Then bookstores got bigger and less cozy until they felt like a big box store. The people helping no longer knew anything about the books. If they couldn't find it on the computer database, they didn't know what to do.
I miss small bookstores where the owner at least knew something about the book or knew who else liked those books. Even visiting Square Books in Oxford, Mississippi, a mecca for book lovers, didn't recall those wonderful old days of the small cozy bookstore with an in-the-know owner.
It's still possible to sample a book before purchasing, from the coziness of your living room. This is one of the reasons that I first loved Amazon as an online book retailer. The LOOK INSIDE feature allows readers to taste a book before they buy.
Here are two images from the Amazon website and the link to my book's page.
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