LEGO books really are big business

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Waterstones LEGO book selectionBetween trips to WHS to collect Uruk-hai's, I ventured into Waterstones in my local town and was somewhat surprised to see such a massive selection of LEGO books.

They clearly are popular and good sellers if this much shelf-space, just inside the entrance and not tucked away at the back of the shop with the rest of the kids' books, can be dedicated to them. The book shop is even selling LEGO sets!

I'm hesitant to say it, but I never buy books on the high street any more, even at buy-one-get-one-half-price as was the case here, you know they'll be cheaper at Amazon, which is where our new book lists for AFOL and kids' LEGO books come in handy...

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By in United Kingdom,

It's the same at Waterstones in Telford except they ARE at the back with the kids books. Compare the situation now to that three or four years ago when it was hard to find Lego anywhere outside a dedicated toy shop or mail order store. Business is obviously booming!

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By in United Kingdom,

I find Lego books everywhere, and lots of other merchandise too like mugs and lunch boxes. They have a selection in my local Staples Office Store and even in petrol stations occasionally! I too however almost always buy books from Amazon, the prices are so much cheaper that you can hardly justify buying from local shops sadly.

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By in New Zealand,

Nice one creating those book lists.
Which part of the site are they in, in case i want to find them again?

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By in United Kingdom,

I've noticed this is becoming a steady trend in most book stores and supermarkets. If it gets kids picking up books and asking for more LEGO it can only be a good thing.

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By in United States,

^^ Under the Buy menu and home page sidebar

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By in United States,

Sort of the same deal with LEGO books in the US chain Barnes & Noble. Generally they do still tend to be near the kids' book section or toy section, but then again this might just be because the holiday season is coming closer and parents are keeping their eyes open for gift ideas.

I should get in the habit of doing more of my LEGO book ordering online, but at the same time if a smaller, non-chain bookstore near me has the LEGO books I'm looking for, I'd definitely buy one there just to help keep those stores in business.

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By in Ireland,

Is there some kind of City-themed book with the Minifigures' series one Spaceman?! Some of them I've never seen before - so many Ninjago books too. It's a really nice layout, I like the way they've got the visual dictionaries positioned on the right-hand side of each shelf and directly below each other, and the Brickmasters, and the sticker books... everything is very organized and well-balanced. :)

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By in Ireland,

funny that you mention it, huw.. i was looking in my local easons yesterday and thinking how big the lego section has gotten..

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By in United States,

Barnes and Noble and Borders over here in the US are doing the same thing.

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By in United Kingdom,

Waterstones are my best place to buy the collectable minifigs, and they're less likely to frown at you for fondling the bags looking for the good ones, too :)

Having said that, my local Asda can sometimes do new theme sets at Amazon-esque discounts, and they stock a few of the minifig oriented DK books, albeit mainly the Star Wars ones.

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By in United States,

In the last decade or so, stores like Target, Walmart, Toys R Us (and to a lesser extent, K-Mart) Legos have had a healthy amount of shelf space outside of hobby and smaller toy shops.

But Barnes & Noble (as well as other book stores) also has expanded its Lego offerings in the last 3-4 years, considerably.

Borders doesn't really sell Legos any more since, well, there are no more Borders stores (having gone belly-up last year!). ;)

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By in United Kingdom,

Smiths do some great deals on books actually. When you combine vouchers and their offers it can be super cheap. For exampel half price friends brickmaster, 342 on kids books plus the £5 off kids book voucher means less than £5 a book! If you need lots of the half price city sticker book you can get 6 of those using 342 and voucher for £11! But yeah, I wouldn't pay full price in smiths!

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By in Australia,

We've got 68 different LEGO titles currently in stock and the quality of them all is very impressive! They are a nice little add-on purchase to go with your LEGO set order... At least there are still some people out there that still support the little guy! :)

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By in United Kingdom,

Although I buy hard-to-find books from Amazon, I prefer high street stores. At least that way you're assured of getting books in good condition. Amazon, both .co.uk and .com, knowingly sells damaged books as new.

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