I love when people basically say “I have no idea what you want, so let’s go to the book store and you have a budget”. So it was that over the weekend I had a good $60 to spend on books at Borders. (Yes, I realize my financial situation isn’t all the happy at the moment, but quite honestly, it’s not my money I was spending and my Grandma under no circumstance would let me not have something nice for Christmas because, well, she’s my Grandma and trying to tell her “I’d rather use it to pay for something not so fun” is like saying I’d rather have a vaccine shot for rabies).
In any case, I was at Borders perusing the books looking for some titles I had really hoped to get to read in 07 when I started to notice something that just really irritates me. I hate going into a bookstore that carries nothing but new books to find that some of the books are actually in really shoddy condition. What makes it worse is when you find a book you really wanted to read (say, Endgame by Kristin Smith) and you grab it with a big smile on your face and your little heart beating only to find that the cover is mangled, the book curved, etc.
I have no problem buying books in used condition…when I’m buying from a used book store. But I think there is an expectation when you go to a book store that carries only new books. You expect that the books will be in very good, if not brand spanking new condition. I understand that mint condition is pretty much impossible considering that the book gets put in boxes and touched and moved around, but is it too much to ask that book stores actually take care of the books? How hard is it to put the book on the shelf without bending it or mangling it? Or, maybe discount the books that are mangled, because I won’t buy them. I see no reason to pay full price for a mangled book. That’s like buying a t-shirt with uneven arm holes and an upside-down pocket for the same price as the same t-shirt with perfect arm holes and a rightside-up pocket.
Needless to say I left Borders a little disappointed. I got some other books I wanted and some new books I hadn’t heard of, but I really wanted Endgame (there were some others I saw that were mangled that I wanted, but I can’t remember the titles).
But enough of that. Annoyances are short lived anyway.
On a side note, I officially have three batches of questions out to authors/editors and now I’m just waiting for responses. Expect three interviews to be coming this January (I hope)