Over winter break I went to New Orleans with my family for the first time. While leisurely strolling around the Garden District we stumbled upon the Garden District Book Shop, a small but beautiful indie bookstore with loads of signed books.
Browsing bookstores always reminds me why I wanted to go into the publishing business. So many books! So many great stories begging to be read!
Plus indie stores are very supportive.
Take a good look. This is what 853 books looks like. My own personal library, full of YA and picture books, with a few adult books as well. Ah, the benefits of interning at Random House.
Actually, I was just working in the right place at the right time. Random House was in the process of moving to smaller offices, which meant everyone had to shrink their inventories, which meant for the four months I worked there, each day tens of take-away shelves were full of hundreds and hundreds of books on each floor of the building. And I was allowed to take whatever I wanted. To quote a friend, “I was living a book nerd’s wet dream.”
For a couple months, 853 books took up half my basement. And now, I have sorted through them all, and soon I will mail many of them to a few deserving friends and family. *Sigh* Maybe one day I’ll be rich and have my own library in my house. In the meantime, I have my memories, and a few delightful photos.
Best internship. Ever.
WIRED Magazine has a holiday pop-up store. Located on 692 Broadway, New York, NY, the store will be open Wednesdays through Sundays, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., from November 19 through December 26 only. If you get a chance, you should check it out. It’s pretty cool!
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Rumor has it that Barnes & Noble may no longer exist one year from now. In the meantime, I can enjoy their stores and Christmas decorations.
And I can also play around with their Nook. The new color Nook was recently released. It uses LED like Apple’s iPad, but it’s formatted similarly to Amazon’s Kindle–with a twist. There’s an interesting feature that shows book covers, if you like that sort of thing. Personally, I’m a Kindle fan.