Saving Secondhand Bookstores

Thomas H. Benton, Tidsskriftet for Universiteternes Efter- og Videreuddannelse, Sept 13, 2005
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Another article from the Chronicle pining for archaic technology, this time in the form of the used bookstore, and ending with the absurd proposal that "an endowment could be created to provide vouchers -- $500 a semester, maybe -- for graduate students, and possibly undergraduates, to purchase secondhand books." Yeah, or they could buy a computer and tap into the Gutenberg Project, Wikipedia and the Internet Archive. See, I went throught he same thing the author did, getting into the habit of frequenting used bookstores and amassing a considerable library. Sure, those were good memories. But then came my career, which involved moving every few years, and my collection became a ton of dusty dead weight that grew harder and harder to pack and unpack.
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