Why Couldn't This Be Me?

I saw this article as I was surfing the net and I have two comments for all of us that are bookworms; why couldn’t it have happened closer to us, and is this extreme overabundance of books related to the electronic books such as Kindle that are out these days?  I have a Kindle (broken right now so I guess had a Kindle is the right phrase) because my allergies act up with all the books in my home.  The allergist suggested the books were causing my allergies so I may have to give up keeping my books, but still I would have loved to walked through this warehouse and found so many wonderful books. Read on for the article.  It is awesome.

Amazon supplier loses warehouse lease, invites the public to loot its books

Bookbarn, one of Amazon UK's largest warehousing and fulfillment suppliers, lost its lease on its Bristol warehouse, so they flung open the doors and invited the public to come in and take all the publishers' consigned books they had on hand, as that was cheaper than returning them to the publishers who still owned them. (Update: It's a used warehouse, apparently!)

This reminds me of when I was working at a scholarly bookstore in Toronto and we bought the entire remaining inventory of Progress Books, the Soviet Union's English-language publisher, whose New York warehouse suffered a "mysterious" fire after the USSR fell apart. For weeks, I unboxed and sorted through smoke-reeking, charred expurgated works of Lenin, Marx and others, stacking the saleable merchandise in one corner, the briquettes in another.

Many arrived armed with crates, boxes and even prams to carry their horde away, some managing 150 books in a single visit.

Available genres range from horror, computing and cookbooks to sports, literary classics and religion - most of which were "musty" but otherwise in excellent condition.

By early afternoon, most shelves had been cleared but tens of thousands of books were left scattered around the floors of the warehouse in Bedminster, Bristol.

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7 Responses Mar 2, 2009

Allergic to books! God, I'm sorry, that must be so frustrating! I wouldn't be able to deal with it. I have a Kindle, but it collects dust. For me, nothing compares to curling up with a paperback, cup of tea handy. My husband gave me the Kindle as a gift in hopes that he wouldn't have to build me any more shelves to house my ever-expanding library.


forget keeping the number of books down !<br />
when i buy my own house i swear im going to have a library/study <br />
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also on a side note im soooo jealous of those people who can get into the warehouse

LOL mine are cataloged. I have them in crates by author alphabetically so if it isn't on one of the shelves which are also alphabetical I don't have to spend all day searching.

LOL I love them as well. I have books in my storage shed that I have no place to keep them inside my home, but does this stop me from buying more? No, it just keeps me going back for more. Stop the madness lol.

I have worked hard to keep as few as possable books at home. Every time we move I swear I will trim the books. <br />
I love books too much.<br />
Sooo, I'll just have to suffer and pay to have my babies moved next time we move...DD

LOL u r bad Rog but I love you.