Four reasons books make a great gift!!!

Gift giving season is nearly upon us. Some of the more proactive among us have already begun buying gifts. I happen to think books make a fantastic gift in nearly all circumstances. Following are four reasons why.

  1. Gives you the chance to show off your knowledge about the person

It’s one thing to buy someone something that was already on their wish list. Or a sweater. It’s another thing entirely to buy them a unique out of print book about fly tying because they love bass fishing and head out with their buddies any chance they get.

  1. Creates a physical connection between you, the book, and the recipient

Every time they hold that book about fly tying in their hands they are going to think about you. How cool is that?

  1. Relatively inexpensive

You can get some wonderful books that show off how much you know about the person and look great on the shelf for very little cash. Great example on our shelves right now: Jane Goodall: 40 Years at Gombe signed first edition in very good condition for 25.00.

  1. Easy to wrap!

Seriously, even I can wrap these things!

Bookseller or Matchmaker!?!

I love what I do. I love searching out the best books, preparing them to sell, listing them online (with pics!!!), communicating with customers about the books, selling them, preparing them for shipping, and then dropping them off at the post office.

Sometimes, like this week, it feels like more than just bookselling. More like matchmaking. When I sell a book like the first printing of The Lessons of History by Will and Ariel Durant it feels more like bringing two important entities together- customer and book- than just making a sale.

Likewise, when Plutarch’s Lives goes out the door I am excited. It’s a book, it’s an idea, it’s a book containing an idea that has lived a history of its own, often a longer history than the customer buying the book. And then the book (and the idea) and the customer come together. And I facilitate that. It’s awesome.

A wonderful feeling. It’s why I do this. I love my books and I love my customers. Take care all!