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 Post subject: Re: Are Paperbacks Disappearing?
PostPosted: Tue Jun 24, 2014 7:49 pm 
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... Acres of Books in Long Beach, for tons of stuff.

Once took Highlander to shop for books along Hollywood Blvd. He likely has forgotten that.

I do remember Acres of Books. There was such a mass (in the physics sense) of books on shelves from floor to ceiling and from floor to floor in the building, that I feared an imminent collapse. But did get a volume of Kipling, which I still have.

GKC wept twice during the visit. Once from joy whilst standing in the middle of the emporium and once from grief when we left. But he is pretty much a literary cry baby.
...the Mandalay edition of the collected Kipling, found by climbing up the shelving about 8 feet.

Was your Kipling bound in a dark purplish maroon, with a faded paper label on the spine? If so, I wondered where it had gone.

But the crying was accurate. And I well remember your determination, at the sight of such riches, to learn to read.

Completely forgotten Hollywood Blvd, eh? Even Pickwick Books, across the street from Frederick's of Hollywood?
In order.

Yes, you did relate your tale of climbing the stacks. I instantaneously chose not to attempt a similar mountaineering feat. The stability of the shelving, the height of the stacks, the density of the volumes, and the extremely narrow aisles -- like a Utah slot canyon, all combined to convince me that even a smidgen of a California earthquake -- say -0.1 on the Richter scale -- would result in me being crushed immediately. Or worse, trapped underneath tons of books, unable to read them, until I expired from thirst. And worse than that, trapped with you. And I was sure a fire would then break out. There was enough paper in Acres of Books to result in a domestic Dresden.

No, my Kipling was in a rather cheapish volume. Yours, I'm sure, is buried somewhere in your second garage. Or first. Or first storage shed.

I did learn to read, with much assistance from you. In particular, those picture books in the upper levels of Pickwick helped immensely. Some words but lots of pictures of athletic young women. I left you perusing them while I searched the Holmes pastiches, of which I purchased two or three. And I recollect walking past another book store which had Stephen Donaldson on display in the front window. New hardbacks were out of my price range, so I could only place my nose on the window and gaze longingly at them, whilst the transvestites strolled by. I think that, while I was doing that, you were across the street at Frederick's, but I'm not sure.

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 Post subject: Re: Are Paperbacks Disappearing?
PostPosted: Tue Jun 24, 2014 8:48 pm 
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Highlander wrote:
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... Acres of Books in Long Beach, for tons of stuff.

Once took Highlander to shop for books along Hollywood Blvd. He likely has forgotten that.

I do remember Acres of Books. There was such a mass (in the physics sense) of books on shelves from floor to ceiling and from floor to floor in the building, that I feared an imminent collapse. But did get a volume of Kipling, which I still have.

GKC wept twice during the visit. Once from joy whilst standing in the middle of the emporium and once from grief when we left. But he is pretty much a literary cry baby.
...the Mandalay edition of the collected Kipling, found by climbing up the shelving about 8 feet.

Was your Kipling bound in a dark purplish maroon, with a faded paper label on the spine? If so, I wondered where it had gone.

But the crying was accurate. And I well remember your determination, at the sight of such riches, to learn to read.

Completely forgotten Hollywood Blvd, eh? Even Pickwick Books, across the street from Frederick's of Hollywood?
In order.

Yes, you did relate your tale of climbing the stacks. I instantaneously chose not to attempt a similar mountaineering feat. The stability of the shelving, the height of the stacks, the density of the volumes, and the extremely narrow aisles -- like a Utah slot canyon, all combined to convince me that even a smidgen of a California earthquake -- say -0.1 on the Richter scale -- would result in me being crushed immediately. Or worse, trapped underneath tons of books, unable to read them, until I expired from thirst. And worse than that, trapped with you. And I was sure a fire would then break out. There was enough paper in Acres of Books to result in a domestic Dresden.

No, my Kipling was in a rather cheapish volume. Yours, I'm sure, is buried somewhere in your second garage. Or first. Or first storage shed.

I did learn to read, with much assistance from you. In particular, those picture books in the upper levels of Pickwick helped immensely. Some words but lots of pictures of athletic young women. I left you perusing them while I searched the Holmes pastiches, of which I purchased two or three. And I recollect walking past another book store which had Stephen Donaldson on display in the front window. New hardbacks were out of my price range, so I could only place my nose on the window and gaze longingly at them, whilst the transvestites strolled by. I think that, while I was doing that, you were across the street at Frederick's, but I'm not sure.


The Donaldsons were on the first floor of Pickwicks, which was a 3 story building. They were remainders.

Frederick's came later. But you recall more than I thought you would.

The Kipling may be in the attic, at that.

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GKC and Highlander REALLY need to come to Austin. Between Book People ( http://www.bookpeople.com/ ) and Half Price Books ( http://www.hpb.com/ ) y'all would be in hog heaven! :cloud9:



It's tempting. And since I lived in Wichita Falls, and San Antonio, and found all the local stores, it's not totally terra incognito,

I really miss the southern California scene, from around the 1973-1977 period. Torrance, Long Beach, El Sequndo.

Change of Hobbit, for great SF/fantasy, just north of LAX, Acres of Books in Long Beach, for tons of stuff.

Once took Highlander to shop for books along Hollywood Blvd. He likely has forgotten that.

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Late to this thread, but, if you ever get to North West Arkansas, there is a wonderful Art Gallery (Crystal Bridges) and the best used bookstore I've ever been in - Dickson Street Bookshop.

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 Post subject: Re: Are Paperbacks Disappearing?
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I love picking up paperbacks for .50 or $1, but, sadly, my eyesight is worse now and paperback print is toooo small. Cannot spring for tri-focals, so, I am stuck with just staring longingly at my paperbacks.

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kage_ar wrote:
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GKC and Highlander REALLY need to come to Austin. Between Book People ( http://www.bookpeople.com/ ) and Half Price Books ( http://www.hpb.com/ ) y'all would be in hog heaven! :cloud9:



It's tempting. And since I lived in Wichita Falls, and San Antonio, and found all the local stores, it's not totally terra incognito,

I really miss the southern California scene, from around the 1973-1977 period. Torrance, Long Beach, El Sequndo.

Change of Hobbit, for great SF/fantasy, just north of LAX, Acres of Books in Long Beach, for tons of stuff.

Once took Highlander to shop for books along Hollywood Blvd. He likely has forgotten that.

GKC


Late to this thread, but, if you ever get to North West Arkansas, there is a wonderful Art Gallery (Crystal Bridges) and the best used bookstore I've ever been in - Dickson Street Bookshop.



It would be my type of place.

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 Post subject: Re: Are Paperbacks Disappearing?
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I love picking up paperbacks for .50 or $1, but, sadly, my eyesight is worse now and paperback print is toooo small. Cannot spring for tri-focals, so, I am stuck with just staring longingly at my paperbacks.



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In that case, audiobooks will help.

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... I really miss the southern California scene, from around the 1973-1977 period. Torrance, Long Beach, El Sequndo...


I grew up in Gardena! (At the time noted above I was away in the Marines.)

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... I really miss the southern California scene, from around the 1973-1977 period. Torrance, Long Beach, El Sequndo...


I grew up in Gardena! (At the time noted above I was away in the Marines.)



At that time, I was away from home in the Air Force. Lived a little south-west of Gardena, south of Del Amo, when my daughter was born. Worked at Rockwell, at LAX.

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Paperbacks still do exist, but as others have said they are not as common. I find that some books I want are only available as e-books or hardbacks. So I have to try to get books through ILL or breakdown and purchase an ebook if it is not available for loan. Also on my job as a librarian I can not obtain as many paperbacks as I did in the past.
As for bookstores in the New York area we only have a few big stores, ie Barnes & Noble and my favorite used bookstore the Strand. And we have a few specialty bookstores, but some of the great bookstores have closed.
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Oh what the heck.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=taADLPtyDb0&feature=kp

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I love picking up paperbacks for .50 or $1, but, sadly, my eyesight is worse now and paperback print is toooo small. Cannot spring for tri-focals, so, I am stuck with just staring longingly at my paperbacks.

You could always take one pair of glasses off and put on a pair of reading glasses (which I think can be found at a pharmacy for not too much money).

Or use a magnifying glass. I know someone with a degenerative eye condition (macular degeneration, maybe?) who does just that.

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Paperbacks fast disappearing?

Hmm, just like papyri. I think some 80 percent of documents written by Latin writers 2000 years ago are completely lost.

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I love picking up paperbacks for .50 or $1, but, sadly, my eyesight is worse now and paperback print is toooo small. Cannot spring for tri-focals, so, I am stuck with just staring longingly at my paperbacks.

You could always take one pair of glasses off and put on a pair of reading glasses (which I think can be found at a pharmacy for not too much money).

Or use a magnifying glass. I know someone with a degenerative eye condition (macular degeneration, maybe?) who does just that.


I have not yet found a pair of "readers" that work - with the degeneration of my arm, holding a book and turning the pages is plenty of work, adding an mag glass, I'd just go find something different to read that is free for Kindle :)

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I don't know about paperbacks, but I've seen whole bookstores disappear in my area. E-books are extremely popular. I was having a conversation the other day about this. My friends seem to prefer e-books. I'm very traditional. I won't use e-books as I prefer actual, physical books. :smile:


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Yes, indeed. Books are books. eBooks aren't.

I now get most of my books used on Amazon. They are cheap, especially considering the cost of gas and not being able to find a book I want at the local store. Since I don't save many books anymore, I have less angst donating a $4 book (cost+postage) to the library after reading it than I would have donating a $8-10 paperback that I purchased new.

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Yes, indeed. Books are books. eBooks aren't.

I now get most of my books used on Amazon. They are cheap, especially considering the cost of gas and not being able to find a book I want at the local store. Since I don't save many books anymore, I have less angst donating a $4 book (cost+postage) to the library after reading it than I would have donating a $8-10 paperback that I purchased new.



Which is why you receive different sorts of books these days.


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Paperbacks. Not real books.

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Highlander wrote:
Paperbacks. Not real books.



Oh.

Brace yourself.

Bought 2 Ian Douglas books last week. Now to find the time to read them.

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