After posting what I miss about the Midwest and my favorite books I thought of something else that I miss in the U.S, the bookstores! There's nothing wrong with the Finnish bookstores, except most of them are way too expensive for my taste and somewhat limited in selection. I love browsing books and finding bargain books. I also buy a lot of my books used to save money and absolutely love libraries :-) Nowadays I don't have as much time to hang out at bookstores or libraries, so I buy most of my books online.
Books purchased used in various conditions :)
My favorite major bookstore in the U.S is Barnes & Noble. Their selection is excellent and they have in-store Starbucks, yay! The B&N's that I've been to have had huge comfy chairs and some of them have a massive selection of $1 used books: a heaven for a bookworm like me :) They also have a pretty good website with an even bigger selection of new and used books. Their 25$ a year membership pays itself back quite fast if you purchase a lot of books, since you get 10-40% of off your purchases and free shipping on any item. B&N does ship internationally, but they do charge quite a bit for it. Besides B&N I also bought a lot of books from Borders, but I hear they've gone bankrupt? In Nebraska I also went to Hastings bookstore, which reminded me of Borders a bit.
My favorite online bookstores are Amazon and Better World Books. Amazon needs no introduction, it's not just a bookstore, it sells everything and more :) Their free Super Saver shipping is awesome and their prices are unbeatable most of the time. Whereas I have purchased a lot of fiction from B&N, I have bought most of my academic literature from Amazon. Amazon.com does ship internationally for a price, but for example Amazon.co.uk ships free to Finland, if you spend over £25. Better World Books has free shipping worldwide and purchases fund literacy projects, which makes it a great place to shop. Amazon still often has better prices when it comes to new books, but Better World Books has pretty good prices for used books. They also have a lot of academic books, which has helped this poor student save a lot of money :)
Where do you buy your books? Any good online bookstores (especially those that ship to Finland:) you've found and would like to share?