Touching Books


July 12, 2013 by Angel Pricer

touching book

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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 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 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!

7 thoughts on “Touching Books

  1. These days I’m likely to search on line first, and if the author is unfamiliar to me I might buy ebook first if it’s available, then if I love the book follow up and buy a paperback or hard back version, if either is available…best of both worlds really! The other thing is I live in Australia and most paperbacks etc I buy from Amazon take two weeks or more to get to me, so a kindle or ebook is quicker, at least initially. 🙂

    • Angel Pricer says:

      Wow – two weeks! Funny how we come to take 2-day shipping for granted here in the US. Congratulations on the release of your book – sounds like a great story 🙂

      • Thank you so much. Yep, two weeks is the average, and that’s choosing the slightly more expensive post price option…but I do that because I’m impatient, LOL! Still, I’m not complaining – it’s wonderful to have access to such a wide variety of books. 🙂

  2. Jen says:

    Thanks for your follow and for leading me to your blog! I am also a great lover of books, and since I moved outside of the U.S. have fallen in love with my kindle since it allows me to still read whatever books i want whenever I want. I also am a great lover and collector of USED books (synchronicity?). I don’t know if I can add much insight to your idea (though I def. encourage you to go for it….why not?) but I certainly have a story to tell about most of the used books I acquired. The story is the same for all of them. I loved books a child and saved most of my favorites. Sadly when I was in college, my parents’ basement flooded, ruining all my boxed saved books.

    Fast forward 10 or so years. I lived in Tucson, Arizona where they have a fantastic used book mega store called Bookman’s. Everyday I would go on my ,lunch hour to Bookman’s and hunt for the books I lost in the flood. I managed to find at least 20 or so of them.

    • Angel Pricer says:

      That *is* a cool story, Jen! Reclaiming the loves you lost…funny how stories capture the soul and, unlike relationships with people, can usually be picked back up when it suits us…unless, that is, we relocate to a place where those gems are harder to come by. Probably makes you treasure the ones you did find all the more. Thank you for sharing your touching book tale 🙂

  3. William Zdankiewicz (Toastmasters) says:

    When i’m just “cover shopping” (that’s ‘window shopping’ but for books) I go to Cupboard Maker Books in Enola, PA, usually for SciFi. For inspirationals, I shop on-line at TremendousLifeBooks (Charlie “T”s daughter). For specific titles that I hear of, I start at Amazon, then surf their Used dealers for a good price with a good review history. Contemporary titles I usually hear about on NPR and buy the Kindle edition (if really good, I look for a hardcopy later).

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