July 12, 2013 by Angel Pricer
I love my Kindle Fire, and have read more virtual books since receiving it as a Christmas gift from my husband than the paperback books I prefer. I’m grateful for the opportunity to have both formats available, but think I’ll always be the kind of girl who loves the comforting weight of a book in hand, even as I’ve also come to appreciate Kindle’s convenient markup and highlight features.
Yesterday, as my husband and I were discussing my latest library find, Jonah Lehrer’s book, Imagine, I wished for a job where touching books would be an every day occurrence. Something that would continue to expand my horizons as I hone my craft, with the added benefit of generating some much needed income. He suggested I open an Amazon.com storefront and start selling used books. I’m not sure how seriously he thought I’d take his idea, but the sparks started flying and soon my imagination was in hyper-drive, leaving me energized and focused on the possibility that we may just have a winner here.
There’s a story behind people who collect things, and there are a few members of our family who have amassed impressive book collections over their lives. Some of those loved ones have passed on, leaving a library legacy that longs to bring the wonders of English Gardens and Architecture of the Ages to a new audience.
My BIG IDEA is to offer these carefully curated collections for sale with a bit of commemorative history about the people who hunted high and low for their book bound treasures. I know not every buyer is going to care about where their latest read came from, but some will. And it’s a great way for me to continue to write with meaning and focus, while simultaneously engaging with fellow book lovers who just might, at some point, want to purchase a volume in my Amazon.com collection. It’s just feels right, like something that I should have seen all along.
I’m sharing my idea with you today in the hopes you’ll tell me a thing or two about how you acquire your books; for example:
- When book shopping, are you more likely to search on-line, in-store or both? What influences your decision?
- Is there a book reseller with whom you have a relationship and trust as your first source when seeking a particular title? If so, who and why?
- Would you find it interesting to read about the curating process of an on-line book reseller whose collection includes both hard-to-find volumes and contemporary titles?
Thank you for taking the time to consider these questions. I look forward to hearing what you have to say!