In an economical meltdown where the relevance of the Brick and Mortar bookstore is being called into question and e-readers like the Kindle, and the Sony PRS are threatening world take-over by providing supposed futuristic technology in the now, I recall a simpler time of light and wonder the likes of which only came with reading a gently used book.
Used bookshops use to be on every corner like mom and pop, and where they werent, even regular booksellers had a Robins Bookstore-esque Bargain Bin. A collection comprised of returned or damaged merchandise, often the second of third book of a series, and completely missing the back and sometimes front covers. All in all these were good reads which prompted you to buy more books, and lost nothing of their escapist savoir-faire for the lack of covers, at least not for us less discerning readers.
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