Secondhand bookshops don’t have that much to do with Christmas shopping on the whole, with the internet now being the major source for new books, I would guess it isn’t what it was in the few remaining new bookshops.
The exception here being local history books, I would guess most people who read this blog know I publish about 150 books about East Kent, especially The Isle of Thanet, all of this with a strong emphasis on books related to Ramsgate.
One way or another, having eliminated socks, quite a few local people will give other local people a local history book this Christmas. Christmas shopping for grownups becomes increasingly difficult every year. When I was a child virtually every grown up smoked and had a coal fire, so spills were a favourite, now most grownups spend much of their leisure using some piece of technology.
A big problem here is that as the technology becomes more advanced and more personalised, there is progressively less that you can give to people, that they could possibly enjoy.
A few years ago, apart from the inevitable items of clothing, most of which was unwearable, the smellies that did the rounds from one aunt to another and some of which had been presents on more than a dozen occasions, it was books and records in my family. Exchanges between thinking and reasonably educated people being like that.
Now we have a situation where what made and educated gift, a grown up toy, is mostly a non-transferable electronic download of some sort.
Combined with this is the problem that I often find they have gone out of print and I just can’t get them again. The picture above is of a few of the new local books we have in stock at the moment.
It is the a very fortunate person who has friends that will give them desirable secondhand books as presents, the picture above is of some of the secondhand local books on the shelf in my bookshop today.
Anyway we now come to the panacea, personally I don’t like being advertised at, Christmas presents are necessary and somehow or another I have to try and make this work for people as best I can, when it comes to local history books and frankly I can’t do it as well as I would like if it all happens at the last minute.
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