EppsNet Archive: Bookstores

Good to Great

31 Jul 2016 /

Browsing a bookstore with my son . . . he checks in to say that he was skimming through Good to Great.

“Have you read it?” he asks.

“No, and I’ll tell you why . . .”

“Because you’re satisfied with just being good?” he interrupts.

Books, Writers, Bookstores, Libraries

27 Jul 2014 /

The Price is Right

25 Aug 2013 /

Guess how much I paid for this stack of books . . .

Hint #1: I bought them at the One Dollar Bookstore.

Hint #2: There are 10 books in the stack.

Stack of books

What’s on Your Bookshelf?

26 Aug 2012 /

Bookman, my favorite local used bookstore, had a 25-percent-off sale this weekend and here’s what I got:

Love is Fleeting

6 Feb 2012 /

I recently bought a collection of short novels by Marguerite Duras from my favorite used book store. Inside the front cover is this inscription:

To M—,

Because her work influences me so much, and you inspire me so much. Please read and think about me!!

Love Always,


P.S. Merry Xmas XOXO

I bought the book for $3.95, so M—- couldn’t have gotten more than a buck, maybe two, for unloading it.

Overheard at the Bookstore

31 Dec 2011 /
Bookstore in Florence, Italy

Image via Wikipedia

A gentleman brings a basket of books to the checkout . . .

“Do you have the 50 percent off deal?” he asks.

The clerk looks genuinely confused.

“No,” he says. “Nice try, though.”

“I thought it was through the end of the year.”

“Are you on the mailing list?”


“That’s 25 percent off.”

“Oh. Why am I thinking it was 50? Maybe I’m on a special mailing list that gets 50 percent off.”

“Maybe you’re on the special list that pays 50 percent more.”

Angry Illiterates Shouldn’t Work at Bookstores

31 Dec 2011 /

There’s no one behind the customer service counter at Barnes and Noble but there is a woman doing something with the books in front of the counter . . .

“Do you work here?” I ask.

“Yes,” she says, but not in a friendly way . . . more like yes, I work here but I regret it.

‘I’m looking for The Book of Holiday Awesome,” I say.

“I’ve never heard of that,” she says.

I don’t care if she’s heard of it. I just want to know if they have a copy of it on hand.

“Do you know the author?” she asks.


She types a couple of things into the computer. “Nothing is coming up,” she says.

It’s a popular book so something should be coming up, even if it’s just to say they don’t have it in stock.

I lean over the counter to see what she’s typed in the search box. Here it is: the book of holiday awsum.

A Long and Short Explanation of Why Borders Books Went Out of Business

7 Aug 2011 /

Borders, unable to find a buyer willing to get it out of bankruptcy, plans to close its remaining 399 stores and go out of business by the end of September.

_DSC8630 Borders Book Store and entertainment shop in administration press photos

“When Borders started up 40 years ago,” I explain to my son, “there was a certain percentage of the American public that bought books and read them.

“It wasn’t nearly as large as the percentage who preferred to sit on their fat asses and watch television but it was there. There was a profit to be made from it.

“Today, if I tell someone about a book I’m reading, they look at me like I’m confessing a perversion. Reading a book?!

“Not only does no one read books but if anyone does get a notion in their head to read one, they’re likely to buy it online and/or download it onto a device.

“The market for people who walk into a store and buy a book has dried up like a raisin.”

“Books, schmooks,” the boy replies.

New Used Books

15 Aug 2009 /
My new used books

I paid a visit to The Bookman — a local used book store — today, spent $36 and came home with the following haul: