Monday, April 26, 2010
THE TROUBLE WITH USED BOOKSTORES
I went to my favorite used bookstore last week--where there is one perhaps twenty foot double aisle of "mystery" books, but I have always been puzzled on why so many authors are never there. I was waiting for Phil to pick me up (he was at a nearby nursery) when I happened to walk over to an aisle labeled adventure and action. This aisle also turned out to be crime fiction, too, and was filled with the books I assumed the story didn't have.
I picked out a few and went to pay for them and told the clerk that I had almost missed the books because I assumed that all crime fiction would be together. He was supremely uninterested, of course. Does this happen in used bookstores in your area? Or even new bookstores? Are there too many places to look for the same sorts of books? This store also files all the quality paperbacks in a different spot. And some of the crime fiction is under straight fiction. So in order to make sure they don't have a book, I have to look in at least five places. Six if I include the under a dollar tables?
Seriously, this bookstore has a great supply of almost every genre-if you can just figure out where they file it. They seem to have no inventory list at all. When I mentioned Simenon, he looked on amazon and decided if they had it it would be under quality paperbacks. Yes, I said, but earlier editions were not necessarily quality paperbacks. I am sure he thought I was crazy. Maybe I am to think they would want to sell books enough to know where they keep them.