While these days may be dark for the book publishing industry, damned if it isn’t a great time to be a consumer. Last night I picked up a copy of Jeremy Lewis’s Penguin Special, The Story of Allen Lane for $4.70 something, at Chapters. Just look at these lovely endpapers:
A year of two ago I bought a copy of Richard Flanagan’s Gould’s Book of Fish for about the same amount. One of the most beautifully designed
and produced ‘recent’ books I’ve ever seen. Each chapter has different coloured type
for crying out loud.
Last week I got a copy of How to Read a Novel by John Sutherland for under $5. I just saw Alberto Manguel’s The Library at Night for $6.99. These may be tough times, but never have they been so filled with bargains for the bibliophile.