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thelibrarianontherun:

The secret histories of secondhand books 

“CDs, DVDS, and e-reads are all well and good when it comes to gift-giving at Christmas, but as far as I’m concerned, for sheer emotional wallop, the old-fashioned physical book is hard to beat. After all, it’s the ideal opportunity to foist a well-loved novel onto someone who is now morally obliged to read the thing (and, indeed, profess to like it). Furthermore, there is generous scope / enough rope to let a carefully-chosen book speak volumes about how you feel about the receiver. For this reason, no book-as-gift is complete without a handwritten dedication on its inside cover to further make it clear, just in case there was any doubt, that the recipient absolutely MUST READ THIS BOOK AT THE EXPENSE OF ALL OTHERS!!!” 

(Photo credit: Secondhand bookshop on Charing Cross Road, London, in 1951. Photograph: John Chillingworth/Hulton-Deutsch Collection.)


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    I love getting new books, especially as gifts from others.
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