A new chapter in book shopping


I love to shop!

Its true, and the things I like to shop most for are shoes, bags (especially Coach), scrapbook supplies and books! (and not necessarily in that order)

Reading is one of my favorite pastimes and I’m always either starting or finishing a book. Because of where I live in Norway, I haven’t always had the best selection of English books to chose from. Thats why whenever we were on vacation and came across a bookstore, my family would moan as I made a beeline to ecstasy. They know me well and therefore had good reason to moan. I’m like a kid in a candy story. It’s always been one of my greatest pleasures to wander through racks of colorful books, feeling and smelling my way through in search of a new gem. Thats right, smelling…who out there doesn’t like the fragrance of a new book?

The only problem is, I was left powerless in deciding which ones to buy and would end up taking all I could carry. Then we’d fly home with books evenly distributed amongst our suitcases. For years my husband accused me of being a book hoarder, and I would again have to explain the importance of not running out of books to read.

While I still feel an actual shop is a book-lover’s treasure trove and a novel in your hand is worth two on your Kindle, we have entered a new age. For Christmas this year my husband gave me an iPad and I must admit, its a handy little device.

I can download any book or magazine I want and now have more room in my suitcases for shoes and bags. I wile away the hours in online bookshops, drinking unimaginable amounts of tea, all in the comfort of my own home. My iPad has literally freed the book shopper with in, and my husband no longer sees how many books I buy.

I will now post the logo of my favorite online bookshop and hyperlink it so you can go directly in and take a look. It’s a warm and inviting space where book lovers from around the world can shop.

The Expat Bookshop was started in late 2011 by Jo Parfitt and the team at Summertime Publishing to showcase books by people living abroad for people living abroad.

Here you can find: anthology, fiction, how to books and memoirs, like my own. You can also get information on how to publish your book, or have it featured in the Expat bookshop.

Go on, check it out…


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About maggiemyklebust

I grew up on the Jersey Shore and now live in Norway. I have also lived in Houston and the Netherlands. I have written a memoir called Fly Away Home.

Posted on April 12, 2012, in writing and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 11 Comments.

  1. Maggie – you have made the switch. I still cannot do it. I buy hard covered books and that is that. Although I have an iPad with Kindle and the magazine stores, I still cannot give up having a book in my hand. My dream is to someday have a giant library in my house to showcase all the hard !cover books I have purcased since I joined my book club in 1977. I am still a member!

  2. I hear you and agree, but its like everything else, we just have to get used to it.

  3. annie siersema potter

    i love the library! i go and fill my bag with wonderful books! i would rather read then watch tv! i got my granddaughter carlin a nook color for christmas she loves it! i feel the same way ellen- i like my book in my hands! but spending a few days with maggie i may change my mind!

  4. I too love the romanticism of peeling through bookshelves, smelling and fondling books. (I also like the smell of old ones). But alas, I to have jumped into this millenium and enjoy downloading onto my Kindle, (a gift from my daughter this year for Christmas). Last night I couldn’t sleep, got up opened my Kindle and finished off a book, got back to bed at 2:30am.
    You are never alone when you are in a good book.

  5. Amen to that! What would I have done in a foreign country without the characters in my books to keep me company?

  6. Jo @ SummertimePublishing

    Thanks for mentioning the bookstore, Maggie. I too have an ipad and a Kindle app on my ipad! I still prefer to flick through a real book and love bookstores and libraries too, but there is a time and a place for a digital book!

  7. I have a kindle but I’m finding it hard to embrace the modern technology. It has been good for accessing texts that are hard to come by; however, I find that there’s no substitute for the experience of reading a book that you can hold and flick. Having said that, I’d rather read a text on my computer screen than on the kindle… who knows why. 🙂

    Great post! Have you found a way to use your kindle to buy/access books worldwide? I recently tried to get a new book on amazon USA and it wouldn’t let me because my kindle is registered for the UK… the book’s not available there. 😦

  8. Same here, I can’t order from Amazon USA on my iPad. 😦

  9. I bought your book on my iPad. First time I read anything on the iPad. I enjoyed your book very much. Great story!

  10. From the bottom of my heart, I thank you!

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