The end of the book shop?

In a comment to this Times article about the failure of bookstores in general, and Waterstone’s in particular, one person said:-

It is the failure of literacy and the death of imagination that underlies the problem.

And, you know, I couldn’t agree more – I worked as an adult literacy tutor in the mid 80s, and  the situation was appalling; it’s certainly not got any better since then.

Indeed, as a reasonably successful blogger I’m horrified at the inability of so many of my fellow-bloggers to Continue reading


Cheap books…

Like many disabled people, I often find myself with way too much time on my hands, so when I’m not doing this, or sloping off to the pub, I read. A lot. As a result there are some pages devoted to books here, here, and here.         

The problem is that books are expensive, even paperbacks (note for US readers – books in the UK can cost twice as much as in the US), and browsing second-hand bookshops (where previously I’d happily spend more time and money than was sensible), isn’t possible these days, and I badly needed an alternative. Luckily, back in September, I was sent a link to the Green Metropolis website, and very good it is, too.

Those of you who, like me, and others on benefit, find the cost of books prohibitive, will doubtless find it very useful, as what they sell is affordable books, all at one price £3.75 which, more often than not, also includes postage, and 5p from every book goes to the Woodland Trust.

You can sell books there, too, though when it comes to books, I tend to be a hoarder. I have about 1,500 books, for which I really don’t have enough space, but this is a fraction of what I used to have when I lived in a bigger flat. Still, if you do sell books on GM, you get £3 per book and, unless a book is unusually heavy, you pay the postage. For heavy books you’re allowed a surcharge.

It’s not about making a profit, it’s about keeping books in circulation, in an affordable manner, and, of course, funding the regeneration of British woodland at the same time.

Storeton Woods is my local patch for birding (when I can dodge the hordes of dog-walkers!), and is supported by the Woodland Trust. The best time is towards the end of Winter/early Spring, around dawn, when the canine pests are still at home (I like dogs, but last time, a few weeks ago, dogs outnumbered people by about 3-1; that’s absurd, and scares off the wildlife). Hopefully, when that time rolls around again, I’ll be up for it. Fingers crossed…

There are some pics of Storeton Woods here . These pics are the first efforts with my new 35mm SLR, and aren’t great because I discovered that wearing Varifocal glasses messed up the manual focus (later, wearing single-focus specs solved the problem).