I am playing multiple roles in this exercise, kind of like a role playing game where you keep changing characters. What I am not doing is acting as the team leader for my team since I helped work out both scenarios. Didn’t make my team really happy, but they are surviving and probably learning more than if I was actually playing myself. And if not – there were enough discussions going on.
That took care of 0800-1600+. Then
I got directions to the nearest major bookstore which turned out to be a Borders. I was really good. I mean really. I spent almost three hours in the bookstore and purchased only three paperbacks.
Shall we not talk about the list of close to 30 ISBNs I have written down for future consideration?
I can’t be the only one who really needs to handle books. Reading reviews helps a little, but ordering on line is a duck shoot in the pouring rain. Best I can do is judge by the author’s past works and the cover. My taste in cover art is obviously not that of the current young crop of editors.
Being able to hold the book, read the back cover and maybe the first few pages makes a difference for me, especially if it is a new author. Paperbacks are not as expensive as hardbacks but still, I don’t like buying books that I will wind up not wanting to keep.
When it comes to fiber books, I am even fussier. Looking through most of the new books out, few have anything to recommend them that I do not already have in either reference books or in pattern pamphlets.