(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