Books Death Nicety


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It is sad that online bookstores have nearly completely run small, independently owned bookstores out of business. It is sad, but is the way of the world and not much can be done about it. I encourage people to buy my books from bookstores, but most do not. It’s just too damned easy to buy them online and have them show up in your mailbox. I wonder if there will be a day when there are no stores left open, other than clothing stores where you need to know exactly how something fits before you buy it. But I’ve even bought eyeglasses online, although I think I may have measured the distance between my eyes wrong. I have to cross my eyes to get the vision exactly right, or hold the glasses a few inches from my face. Serves me right for trying to save a few bucks. (Sigh)

I have nothing much to say about this cartoon other than why aren’t all of those damn numbers on the front of my card enough to identify me? Yes, I know, if someone has an image of the front of your card it keeps them from using it online or whatever. But damn, are you as tired as I am of remembering numbers and codes and user names and passwords and PINs? They say that using your brain in challenging ways can stave off Alzheimer’s. Maybe we’ve already found a cure. Just hacking into my own bank account online is as much challenge as my brain can handle.

That’s all for today, Jazz Pickles. I hope you have a nice one. And if you don’t have a nice one, I hope you’ve at least learned how to disguise it or use it to your benefit somehow. I know I have.

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19 thoughts on “Books Death Nicety

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  2. I like your Amazon dig at the online shopping scene. Unfortunately money talks and stores like Borders couldn’t compete on price. On the other hand, I like going into a small cozy independent book store and chat up the proprietor for recommendations. I’m happy to pay full list in that situation. I feel more like I’m paying for a service rather than just the book itself . I’m hopeful that since Borders closed shop the small local shops that are still hanging on will get some customers back.

  3. Writing of books, I just checked out The Education of Bruno Littlemore from the library. I’ll start it later today. In the not too distant past, you recommended it. I was somewhat dismayed when I saw how thick the book is, but then relieved when I opened it and saw the large type. I’ll survive, I guess. That last comic is great!

  4. Fortunately, electronic commerce is not that widespread here in Mexico. You can still go to a bookstore and…buy books. Anyway, you may find this idea useful for a toon: Two forty-something women are talking on daylight. One of them, showing signs of lycanthropism (a ladywolf?), sighs and says: “I used to be so regular…” Keep the good work, and have a nice one.

  5. Hi Dan,

    For the “You have a nice one” gag ( which is brilliant!) you could have concluded the second guy’s dialogue with the phrase, “So long!” So he would say, “Thanks! Yours is nice, too. So long!”


  6. Your “You have a nice one” cartoon reminded me of George Carlin’s response when some one told him to “Have a good one”. He said, “I have a good one. What I need is a bigger one.” I have been tempted to use that line myself but I’m afraid all it would get me is a strange look.

  7. Actually, I look forward to the day when there are few ‘real’ stores left. Not only do they tend to have a limited range of products, they are bad the environment. They require constant lighting and heating/cooling, all day every day. They encourage single customers to drive to them just to get one item (rather than consolidating dozens of orders into a single courier route), which creates preventable CO2 emissions and adds to the need for carparks. They require inefficient use of large spaces in order to make the books look attractive and browsable. They take up valuable real estate near residential areas that contributes to urban sprawl, which in turn puts more cars on the road.

    It’s much more energy-efficient to have books in a large warehouse out in an industrial part of the city, where books are stored compactly, without the need for bright lighting and extravagant heating and cooling, and delivered to customers using established and energy-efficient postal systems. Sorry, I just don’t think it’s worth supporting environmentally wasteful practices for the sake of nostalgia.

    The independent bookstore owner will go the same way as the telephone operator and the ice-truck driver: They will be sorely missed for a while, but soon enough they’ll eventually be forgotten by even their staunchest defenders, as their irrelevance grows more apparent, and as the people who filled those roles will have moved on to more fulfilling, profitable, and socially useful jobs.

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