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  1. I thought the goal of a book sale was to free shelf space for new books. The books for sale are cheap because they’re the ones which are never borrowed anyway.

  2. @ Andréa – If you ever happen to be in Portland (Oregon), you need to visit Powell’s Books. However, you might want to leave your wallet in a safe place, and have someone else drop you off.

  3. I’m never going into cold weather areas again, not even for books! (It’s in the high 50’s here, and I’m literally chillin’, altho in former city of residence, it’s in 20s and snowin’).

    Speaking of which – how IS it all by those CIDUers in the NorthEast?? Saw a picture of NYS highway blocked with snow . . . why any business would be open on days like this is beyond me – NO business is worth risking one’s life for!

  4. @ Andréa – I didn’t say it had to be soon, and no, I wouldn’t recommend Oregon in winter, but it is nice and warm there in summer. Powell’s will still be waiting, no matter when.

  5. The snow unexpectedly stuck and accumulated, and that this was the way it was going was only really evident around, oh, 4 pm. So: almost everyone is at work; no one really believes it can be all that bad, and anyway, they just want to get home. So all the people trying to get home and the snow being pretty much at its very worst right during the commute time made for a major fuster-cluck — everyone taking 3, 4 plus hours to do their 30 minute commute. Next day, the snow had basically melted by 10 am. Just really, really bad timing, plus being the first of the season.

  6. I thought the goal of a book sale was to free shelf space for new books.

    That’s part of it, but the libraries frequently take donations of books that never are up for lending and go right into the sales.

  7. I’ve also been to a library with a “free books” shelf…

    Regarding Powell’s, I’ve been there a few years ago. My only limit was the quantity of books I could carry around the store…

  8. Another thing (besides shopping carts) that some bookstores might consider stocking and loaning out to customers is flashlights. There’s one local store where, because of dark corners and awkward space for overhead lighting, I try to remember to bring my own (mini-)flashlight when visiting.

  9. I suspect another reason for book sales in libraries is that high-demand books are bought in multiple copies, and then after the demand is reduced, extra copies are sold off.

  10. Good point. Online at our current library system, you can see how many copies are purchased, how many holds are in the queue, and I often see DOZENS of current popular books (Stephen King, et al) purchased. I KNOW they can’t keep ’em all when the next popular book comes along.

  11. I’m fairly stubborn about finishing books, although I tend to only get ones that I’m fairly sure I will like.

    Sometimes I know I’m taking a chance, like with Catherynne Valente’s novel Radiance. It’s set in sort of an alternate solar system where all of the planets are habitable (bundle up on Pluto). It featured a non-linear narrative that told the story of a film-maker’s journey to Venus, how she came to be there, and what happened to her. Not to mention secret of the Callow Whales.

    I actually had to think about that one to decide if I liked it or not. Ultimately I believe that I did.

  12. There is a new movement of “little libraries”. It is a shelf or two (in a covered area) or an enclosed box in a public space (including people setting them up at the end of their property) with books in it – they are there for anyone to take and read – replace it with another is good also.

  13. There are two locations along perpendicular streets within less than say 100 feet (I am no good at estimating distances — I mean second or third housefront) of the nearby intersection. Both are on the walking paths taken by students at the adjacent K-8 elementary school.
    Neither seems to be listed in that official site, but I think there are other organizations. Or these people are independent of major organizations.

    What I haven’t figured out is if they are independent of each other, or co-operative by say dividing up age levels. Or accidental rivals or something. The older one was down for a while during a street / wsater-main repair, and that’s when the second one appeared.

  14. There is a new movement of “little libraries”.

    There’s one near me. I keep meaning to check it out and see if some of my old SF paperbacks would fit in.

  15. We’ve had a Little Library in our front yard for three (I think) years now, and there are a number of them in our neighborhood and a lot of them in the Twin Cities generally.

    I’ve got rid of a few hundred surplus-to-requirement books with mine (and even some VCR tapes, calendars, puppets, and misc.). I don’t often check out other LLs though — too much temptation, for one thing.

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