It’s Bookshop Day!

(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!

Secondhand Bookshops are Disappearing, and not Just in Your City

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