“No one will steal your books. They will be absolutely safe.”
If she’s right – and I bet she is -- not only did I lose, but the library lost too. Of course they arguably brought it on themselves, but it nonetheless speaks volumes about the state of bookselling in the 21st century. The really scary part though, the part that triggered my melancholy mood, is what happened next. I stood back, looked around the room at the feeding frenzy, and for the first time ever seriously asked myself whether it was time to quit.