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Working in a bookstore – we destroy books

It saddens me to let you in on this industry secret, but us booksellers regulary destroy books. The first time I had to do it, it broke my heart. I apologized to the book and the author over and over.

But why do we do it? To protect the industry. See, every now and then, a book will arrive faulty. It might have missing chapters, it might have the wrong cover or something on the book was printed wrong.

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This is a really good example of a faulty book. The authors name has been printed wrong across the cover and it just looks like a fucking mess. Would you want your book to be sold looking like this? Nope!

So I have the task of checking all the stock, organizing a credit and then destroying the book. This means I have to tear the cover off, and dump the book in a specially locked wastebin so that no one can have access to it.

The sad thing is, is that this happens a lot. Today I had a book whose cover was attached upside down. Last week an entire shipment of books were missing pages 81-99. Sometimes the publisher will even tell us that they are changing the cover and we have to destroy perfectly good books!

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The good news is, is that it gets easier with time. But it still breaks me to see all these gorgeous books thrown away. All those unread words. Unsniffed pages. I wish I could save them all!

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Bookstore Manager by day, reader and writer by night.
I enjoy:
reading books,
touching books,
stacking books,
writing books,
talking about books,
other people who work with books,
sniffing books and photographing books.

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