I was directed to this post by Cheryl Bernstein today about secondhand bookshops with the quote “A great secondhand bookshop is like a rift opened up in the fabric of time and space“. Like the author of the post I often find myself in second-hand books stores and other used book places and have come up with some wonderful finds; most recently a copy of Alan Mulgan’s Home (at the dump for 10c).
(Photo stolen from here)
I think I gather books because I am an owner not a reader as discussed here . “There is a growing distinction between the book reader and the book owner. The book reader just wants the experience of reading the book, and that person is a natural digital consumer: Instead of a disposable mass market book, they buy a digital book. The book owner wants to give, share and shelve books.”
One of the things I LOVE about second-hand books are the inscriptions. For example I bought a 2 volume copy of Gibbon’s The Decline and Fall ff the Roman Empire this week.
The set once belonged to WH Ellis, a Californian engineer. I wonder how it got to Dunedin? Google only produced this WH Ellis – probably not the same one.
I have books that were high school prizes and doubly inscribed books (below). I wonder how the e-book handles this???