Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Quotable - Buy books (not from Amazon)

"We don't want bookstores to die. Authors need them, and so do neighborhoods. So let's mount a book-buying splurge. Get your friends together, go to your local bookstore and have a book-buying party. Buy the rest of your Christmas presents, but that's just for starters. Clear out the mysteries, wrap up the histories, beam up the science fiction! Round up the westerns, go crazy for self-help, say yes to the university press books! Get a load of those coffee-table books, fatten up on slim volumes of verse, and take a chance on romance! There will be birthdays in the next twelve months; books keep well; they're easy to wrap: buy those books now. Buy replacements for any books looking raggedy on your shelves. Stockpile children's books as gifts for friends who look like they may eventually give birth. Hold off on the flat-screen TV and the GPS (they'll be cheaper after Christmas) and buy many, many books."

~ Roy Blount, Jr. "Buy Books From Your Local Bookstore, Now" via the Authors Guild

2 comments:

dawn said...

this ties in with my BRR answer ...

I bought A LOT of books for gifts this year, but there are some people (post man, garbage/recyling pick up, dry cleaner, etc.) that I don't know at all!

Rather than buy a bookstore certificate that might not be used, I bought certificates from our town's Chamber of Commerce. they are valid at dozens of the businesses in town, including our independent bookstore.

I love this quote from Roy Blount!

cali said...

That's so great what you're doing. I wish my downtown association would develop what your Chamber has done.

Good on you!