Dick Johnson submitted the following topical thoughts on book-buying for the holidays. -EditorOf all the Christmas presents purchased in the last couple weeks, the one that gave me the greatest pleasure was buying a book for grandson number four. He was studying Herman Melville in school and wanted to read something by the same author other than Moby Dick.
I went searching on ABE books and found Omoo, A Narrative of Adventures in the South Seas in stock at a bookseller half a state away. Gosh, that sounds like a great read, even though it was published in 1892. A quick email and a credit card number consummated the sale.
That was more fun for me than the big box Hero Guitar for four grandsons that shopper-savvy wife found that had been sold out in every toy store in a 50-mile radius. She found it in a game store miles from a mall that had just received a tiny shipment of ten that hadn't sold out yet. It must have been on every teenager's Want List this season like a Cabbage Patch doll was some years ago. But every family has to have at least one Hot Toy of the Year.
My book purchase was less than the state sales tax for the big-box purchase. But I'll wager it gives more pleasure to my grandson.
Happy Reading, Matthew! Can I make a book collector of you?
Great idea! Book searching is so much easier than it was in the pre-Internet days, yet many shoppers don't even think of that avenue. It can locate a very special gift for someone that can't be found in typical stores. -Editor
Wayne Homren, Editor
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