I’ll start with this: I’m not gonna lie. I’m not a fan of eBooks. “Of course,” you say, “you make you living off selling paper books.” While this is very true, and a good reason for me to dislike eBooks, I have other reasons. You can’t flip through an eBook. You can, but shouldn’t, take your electronic reader in the pool – tis a sad day when you soak your book, but the price of replacing a book pales in comparison to replacing your electronic device. And I mean, c’mon, there’s nothing like curling up with your nose buried in real pages.
But that’s not the biggest reason.
If that doesn’t make sense, you’ve never whiled away a few hours in a bookstore, poking through shelves looking for hidden treasure. And the only place you can truly do this is in a used bookstore.
Why? Because $$. Moolah. Cashola. Monies. I don’t know about you, but it doesn’t grow on trees for me. Sure, I love a new book. But if I’m going to invest the type of cash required to buy a new book, I’m pre-planning that shiz. I need to damn well know that I am going to LIKE this book.
So, you see, new bookstores really aren’t as fun. And I suppose you can “look inside” eBooks but let’s be real, it’s not the same.
Used bookstores are where possibilities are endless. You have the luxury of judging a book by its cover! The world is your oyster (and if you wanted to, you could buy a book about oysters)! You never know what you’ll find, and you can gamble on what you’re not sure about. Sure, you’re not always going to be able to find the newest, hippest titles but hey, you ever heard of CLASSICS? They’re called that for a reason! They’re timeless! Plus, are you POSITIVE you’ve read everything worth reading from, say, 1962? You may not even KNOW what you’re missing!
Got kids? The same principle applies.
Reading a book transports you to another world.
A used bookstore is your spaceship. The journey is just as amazing as the destination.
Yes. As a used bookstore owner, I AM biased. But you also know I’m right!