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Old Library Books

Every once in a while, I go on Amazon to check on my books. I once found that they'd priced the hardcovers of Finder at $3.52. !! That's less than half of what I can get them for from the printer. I tried to buy all three they had in stock, but they would only let me buy one. Foiled! Still, I check every now and again.

Usually, when one of my books is on the second-hand market, they're not actually second-hand. How do I know? Because the cost is only slightly lower (and sometimes significantly higher) than what Amazon sells them for, and the seller has a note saying it will take 10-14 days for delivery. That means they're buying directly from the printer. Booksellers can actually do that. Finder has been out a while. There are a few available second-hand. Yeserday, I noticed a few hardcover, ex-library copies of Finder for sale.

At first, I was a little sad to know they would no longer be in circulation, but it lasted only a moment before I realized the opportunity at hand. I bought all three copies. In a few days, I'll have them, and with them all the book-memories of those who read them.

It's kind of magical, and a little woo-hoo-froo-froo as my kids like to tease, but the booklovers reading this know that feeling of placing their hands on the covers and just absorbing. Every page has been turned before. Every line, read. The characters lived in someone else's brain, made them think and feel and keep turning pages. There is magic in that--a collective if separate experience. It is one of the reasons books will always be around. One cannot get that tactile, absorbable magic from an ereader.

I cannot wait to get these books, to hold them in my hands, to absorb that magic of my own words from someone else's experience. And after I've had them a while, I'm going to pick an address at random, and send the book out into the world with a note, like a message in a bottle,* in the hopes that someone will read it, write back to me, and pass the book along.

*Thank you, Francesca.


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Jan. 29th, 2014 04:31 pm (UTC)
And you don't get any of that with an e book.

Libraries and bookshops are magical places where you can meet big, hairy, banana loving orange people who go 'Ook' a lot! :o)
Jan. 29th, 2014 04:41 pm (UTC)
:) As long as there are no books that must be chained down lest they try to eat me.

This magic is why I love used book stores more than those with only new, and why I love when someone writes in a book. It enhances the magic, makes that other set of eyes a little more solid.
Debbie Christiana
Jan. 29th, 2014 04:45 pm (UTC)
I love it! What a wonderful way to look at your books.

When my dad died, I found his copy of Twin Flames in his drawer and of course, I took it home with me. He surprised me by loving my book so much. It's not his type of book at all, but I wrote it, he loved it and read it. The binding was broken, the pages had a few wine stains, LOL, I got my love of wine from him, so I know he read it. Maybe more than once. So I still have a little part of him.

Great idea about sending to a few lucky random address. I'm sure they'll love it.

Jan. 29th, 2014 04:50 pm (UTC)
That made me tear up a little. So sweet. I know my dad is proud of me. He brags to everyone he knows about his daughter the "bestselling author." So he exaggerates just a bit. However, he doesn't read my books. He "got through" Finder. I was kind of upset about that for a while, but--ok, not his thing. When I told him my books were going audio, he got all excited because he could listen to them.

And it hit me then that, despite his profession (lawyer,) my dad doesn't read. And THEN it hit me that all the reading disorder in my family comes from somewhere, and it's a good guess it's him.

Wow--THAT was a tangent, huh?
Jan. 29th, 2014 05:06 pm (UTC)
I'm guessing he didn't know which was correct--
"goodselling" or "wellselling" and went with bestselling for that reason...
Jan. 29th, 2014 04:51 pm (UTC)
I don't want to spoil the moment,
but I always find myself hoping there were no nose pickers
among those previous readers...

BTW, I miss the date stamps in library books...
Sometimes, you'd open the cover and look at all those dates,
and realize this book was once due the same day you were...
Jan. 29th, 2014 04:55 pm (UTC)
Stacy...ew! Now I'll be looking for boogers.

I miss the stamps too. They were part of the magic, now lost.
Jan. 29th, 2014 05:03 pm (UTC)
You hope they're fragments of pressed flowers,
but shake the book over the trash can all the same.
Jan. 29th, 2014 05:23 pm (UTC)
That's the pleasure of writing, the idea that someone else, someone you don't know, is reading your writing, maybe even agreeing with your thoughts. It's a chance to send your opinions out into the world, and since they're coming from the mouths of characters, you can't really take all the credit, can you. Great post, Terri. Debbie, wish my parents could have read something of mine in print. What a sweet memory.
Jan. 29th, 2014 05:30 pm (UTC)
Re: Pleasure
(Is this Renee?)

I ADORE it when strangers read my work. There's a difference between someone who loves you reading, and people with no vested interest in your happiness reading. There just is.
Renee Paley-Bain
Jan. 29th, 2014 05:31 pm (UTC)
Re: Pleasure
OK, so who's ext 1624826? How'd I get that moniker?
Jan. 29th, 2014 05:52 pm (UTC)
Re: Pleasure
Hey! It's not you?? I thought yours came in with an ext #. Who the heck is it then? Maura? Lynn? Mary Beth???
Sharon Struth
Jan. 29th, 2014 06:25 pm (UTC)
old books
Beautiful post Terri! I'm almost a little weepy at the idea these treasures have found their way to you, a different kind of circle of life story for a book, but certainly a special one.
Jan. 29th, 2014 06:29 pm (UTC)
Re: old books
I will probably cry when I get them. I'm looking forward to it. :)
Jan. 29th, 2014 06:44 pm (UTC)
What a beautiful post! I wish I'd read something you've written. I think as a person you're better than peanut butter and chocolate.

So random addresses, huh? At the risk of getting in trouble, mine is 8005 North Road, Le Roy, NY 14482. Hah! Now maybe I can without begging for a ride to town.

Just getting a ride to a doctor's appointment has been a hassle, especially with all these snow and wind storms.
Jan. 29th, 2014 08:09 pm (UTC)
Better than peanut butter AND chocolate?? I am some kind of wonderful, indeed! :)

You are really UP there in NY, huh? There are 5 hours between your home and mine, but I betcha it's not too far for a book to travel. ;)
Jan. 29th, 2014 07:10 pm (UTC)
What a lovely thought "to absorb that magic of my own words from someone else's experience."
and mailing it off when you're done for another to experience it and pass it on.
Nice post.
Jan. 29th, 2014 08:11 pm (UTC)
Thank you, darling.
Jan. 29th, 2014 09:10 pm (UTC)
What a lovely post! I agree, while I like having the option to get an ebook version, there is something visceral and magical about books that no e-reader can ever replace.
Jan. 30th, 2014 07:58 am (UTC)
I love that you're doing this ♥ ♥ ♥
Feb. 24th, 2014 06:48 pm (UTC)
Agreed. Keeping my fingers crossed.
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