Judging books by covers

 You can’t judge a book by its cover, nor can you judge what someone will read by their appearance.

Helping at last week’s Rotary Bookarama in Oamaru was a fascinating study in human nature.

Had I put bets on what people might be interested in I’d have been sadlyout of pocket: the woman I thought might go for something literary opted for chick lit; the one I’d classified as a chcik-lit fan chose biographies; the mild-mannered bloke went for horror; one who looked like a professor bought westerns and a little old lady chose the raciest Mills and Boons.

The club took in a little more than $10,000 which was up about $1,000 on last year’s total.

That’s not a bad earner when most hardbacks were sold for only a dollar and paperbacks for half that.

4 Responses to Judging books by covers

  1. Paul Tremewan says:

    We too, had our annual book fair to raise money for the Historical Society up here at Mangawhai a fortnight ago… and we too raised over $11K. Double satisfaction and feel good factor: having donated many boxes of our long owned and prized books, knowing that they will be re-owned by someone new and the Historical Society benefits! [Also means more freed up space in the library at home to get even MORE books for us! Yipee!]

    [WE also had some secret agents attending the fair…. thereby proving once again that you can’t judge a cover by its books.]

  2. Richard says:

    A book sale was held in our village in Oct last year, the proceeds going to group that does excellent work planting native plants along our river. I had downsized about seven years ago when wife died and had approx 50 cartons of books in a container on my brothers farm.

    Funny how you read books, keep them, and never read them again. Sorted the ones to go -90%, and kept the ones I wanted, or so I thought. Went down to the sale- browsing, I suddenly spotted a book I assumed I had kept- a valuable history about Ngai Tahu. As I picked the book up a voice from a man beside me said “This is my pile” in not an altogether friendly tone. It was my book- my signature was on the inside cover- I wanted it back. I began negotiations- with little to offer. But, by chance, there was a book in an unowned pile nearby, that I recognised- a biography of Margaret Thatcher that had my signature. Deal done, swap, and I paid $2 to get my own book back.
    A hint on lending hard cover books and getting them back. Keep the cover. Note on the inside who you gave the book to- no advice on paperbacks- anyone?

  3. homepaddock says:

    Richard – you can buy checkbooks (or they might be called bookchecks/cheques).

    Whatever they’re called they are designed like cheque books. You write the name of the book, date and who you’re lending it to on the butt and put the other piece, with your name, the date and name of the book, in the book you’re lending as a book mark.

  4. Richard says:

    Thanks Ele- wish I had known that earlier. As it is, I am now into libraries-always was-for books you do not wish to buy and keep. Book reviews from international publications are a good precursor.

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