I have just discovered myself possibly guilty of a crime, in my bookshop we are very careful about buying uncancelled library books, this is harder than it sounds. Over the years I have bought the book collations – often posthumously with a frission of resentment from the departed – of vicars, bishops, policeman, politicians, nearly all of them contained a few uncancelled and therefore apparently stolen library books.
As you see from the pictures, I found on for sale on the shelves of my bookshop an offending item, having now discovered that the club and so presumably its library has closed, I have decided that this counts as the ultimate cancellation and put the book back on the shelf.
For a while there I visualised a day of name calling and other discomfiture, it would begin with someone I don’t know calling me mate, escalate to someone who is no friend of mine calling me friend and find its zenith with a policeman calling me Michael in the most condescending of ways.
My long task of taking all of the books of the shelves in my bookshop, checking the prices against the internet, looking at the code that tells me how long they have been on the shelves and using the information in most cases to reduce the price of the book continues. There are over 100 bookcases in my bookshop and it takes about a day to do one and a half of them, so this is no mean task. I am – at the moment – in the middle of the “Mind Body and Spirit” section and away with the fairies in more senses that I would like.
I have done the medical part of this section and for the most part I don’t think that reducing the books in this section will help them sell much, these days if one has an ailment – embarrassing or otherwise – the internet is where one enters ones symptoms and not a book.
What of dream interpretation? The bottom has certainly fallen out of dream interpretation books, price wise, whether this is because Pharaoh has been buying them cheaply online or just Googling “fat cow thin cow” I don’t know.
I don’t think I need to explain why the bottom has dropped out of books about feng shui but I have to admit I had expected books about spontaneous human combustion to hold their prices, you don’t normally see that many.
For the most part books about alien encounters have held their prices, I guess if I encountered an alien I would possibly be reticent about telling the internet I had done so. The more esoteric stuff seems to have held its value fairly well, I guess there is a credibility factor for any witch or wizard using a Kindle, tablet or laptop instead of the conventional book of spells.
The pits however is astrology, what do you do with a book on your children’s astrology, which seems to relate to giving birth at an opportune moment for them, where the dates of birth finish in 1982, 5p seemed optimistic to me. Natal charting books on the whole seem to assume that no one will be born after their date of publication.
I may ramble on here.