Although people are increasingly purchasing their books from Amazon or downloading them onto electronic readers, there’s still nothing like visiting a local shop, being able to physically leaf through the books and getting face-to-face assistance from the staff when needed. That’s where Buy the Book comes in.
It’s a bookstore for readers who still enjoy shopping for their books the old-fashioned way and where they can get deep discounts in the bargain. This huge store carries almost every kind of book you might want, at prices that won’t put a dent in your wallet — unlike most of the popular chains, online retailers or privately owned shops. Everything they’ve got is 40 to 80 percent off the cover price.
Although they have books for people of all ages, their huge stock of children’s books really stands out. They carry board books for toddlers, educational books, novels for pre-teens and teens, activity books, CD readers, leveled books for grade school kids and even a variety of interesting flashcards.
There’s a nice section of biographies just for kids. Several standouts include “The Story of Ruby Bridges,” “The Brothers Kennedy: John, Robert and Edward” and “Teddy: The Story of Young Teddy Roosevelt.”
But this place isn’t just for kids. They’ve got plenty for adults — including cookbooks, fiction, non-fiction, self-help, coffee table books and bestsellers, all of which are neatly organized into specific categories for easy browsing.
The store had its grand opening just a few weeks ago, having recently moved from Rockaway Turnpike to its new location at 334 Central Avenue in Lawrence.
It offers the personal touch that’s lacking with online shopping — and at an average of 60 percent off each item, the price is right.