By day a Business Consultant in a black suit. By night a writer incognito, pink slippers and cat fluff tracky dacks.
Published May 16th 2012
Don't get me wrong, I love my e-book reader. Especially while travelling on the number six express, surrounded by poor personal hygiene and an indistinct voice over announcing another delay. I'm only ever one step away from all that shiny new brilliance and an immediate reprieve.
Despite the rapid evolution, you just can't replicate the familiarity of a paper page turner. In any case my old e-readers are going to look tacky stacked on our library shelves. Incidentally have you ever tried reading one in the bath? I'll save you the effort.
Now there are second hand book stores and there are other second hand book stores. For example the one at the end of our street has some great finds but you need a torch and A grade gymnastics to sort through the stacks. Other stores represent the masses well, with neatly arranged authors and their works in triplicate, but if you are after a unique read, it's best to abandon the journey early.
Recently I came across a well organised, brightly lit repository providing access to second hand book heaven. The books are arbitrarily arranged by subject, author and potential purpose. Downstairs is for adults while upstairs is for kids. An ambling browse can be attempted equally as well as a determined search strategy for those harder to find varieties.
Most books on offer cost between two and four dollars. With four dollars you can buy a chic coffee, perhaps a guilty lunch or a day pass bus ticket (see above dilemma). What you could gain for those same four dollars is a gripping diversion - the inspiration to solve a problem, a shared empathy and the knowledge that someone else walked the same journey before you.