Terri-Lynne DeFino (bogwitch64) wrote,
Terri-Lynne DeFino
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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.
Tags: finder, writing is life
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