Sunday, May 30, 2010

Books

One of the places we went today was a bookstore in Burbank where all of the books are at the most $1.00. Every single book in the store.

As I was browsing the aisles, I was thinking how would the authors feel knowing that the fruits of their labor were now being peddled off for a dollar and even then they are just sitting there on the shelves?

But then I thought, at least these people got something published so dollar or not, they accomplished something.

There were signs on all of the shelves asking people to please put the books back in the same place in the shelf as where they found them so as to maintain the order and keep costs down. I noticed that aside from the books being grouped in categories, there was no discernable order to them - no alpha ordering by title or author or anything else; they were just all thrown on the shelves.

There was a Dummies book for using Windows ME. That made me wonder if there is actually anyone left on earth who is using that? Perhaps in some third world country a child is using a donated computer that has ME as an operating system and is starting off with a bad taste in his or her mouth for computers.

I actually did wind up with something, a book entitled, "When Pigs Go To Market." It's about investing. It looked interesting so I figured for a dollar I couldn't go wrong. When I got home I looked it up on Amazon and it is no longer in print, with 17 copies available starting at a penny.

Just how much money can you make if you sell books for a dollar? Or a penny? Makes you wonder how some stores can stay in business.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I was wondering why you would bother to go to a dollar book store when we have Amazon. I love buying stuff for just a penny and having it sent to my nieces and nephews. They guy I share labs with has ME on his computers. He buys printers that will only work with ME on Ebay and runs them until they die. I just order new toner cartridges.