I’ve often gone into bookstores, especially used book stores where there are often shelves of books six, seven, even as much as ten feet above the floor. I was in one last week looking for books by John Scalzi and Daniel Silva. I needed one of those periscopes I had when I was a kid, one of those things with two or three tubes with mirrors arranged in such a way that you could look in one end and see high over your head with the other. I needed one of those to see if there were any books by either author. It looked like Scalzi’s books would have been on the top row, ten feet up and Silva’s two row’s lower… just far enough away so I couldn’t make out the title or author listed on the binding of most of the books on that row eight feet above the floor.

So, I always thought it was a matter of too many books and too much space…

Funny bookstore picture

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