(Addendum/Correction: It’s Bookshop Day in the United Kingdom and Ireland. I live in the United States, and until now I was unaware that the U.S. is not observing Bookshop Day on this date. Please accept my apologies. I should have researched this more carefully because the source is an article which originated on the other side of the Atlantic. Nevertheless, please consider taking a look at the article in The Guardian. A link appears at the end of this post.) Sadly, it’s unlikely I’ll be participating — that means spending money — in this year’s Bookshop Day, which is today, darn … Continue reading It’s Bookshop Day!
About twenty-five years ago, I did volunteer work in a struggling used bookshop in San Francisco. Eventually, the store went out of business, but I was happy to keep paperback shelves stocked for customers who read everything from pop fiction to ancient history. I went through a meticulous process with each book. First, I inspected the book carefully to look for damage or highlighter/underlining marks, and unfolded a few dog eared corners. Then I wrote the price in large numerals with a #2 pencil that wasn’t too sharp. Then each book was shelved exactly where it belonged. Whether the book was … Continue reading Secondhand Bookshops are Disappearing, and not Just in Your City
Having an honorable life isn’t always easy when you buy used merchandise. You don’t know where most of it came from, meaning you don’t know whether it was stolen before you got your hands on it. Some people look the other way — whether the goods are new or used — and refuse to pass up a bargain on something they want or need. They may inspect the item and hope there are no bed bug eggs in it, but they don’t think about legal or ethical problems in the supply line. They buy new items from the back of … Continue reading The Guilt Merry-Go-Round