36 Years Ago

36 Years Ago, Vienna 1971—A Student Journal

Day 276: About reading


Vienna 1971—A Student Journal
A year of music, study, travel, sightseeing & friends.

Day 276 — About reading
04-May-1972 (Donnerstag–Thur.)


Mostly a lot of horn playing. Fairly good day. Beginning to do a lot of reading lately.


Reading. Just a good, normal day. I mention that I am reading more. I’ve always liked reading. It’s enjoyable and it relaxes me a lot. I’ve read most of my life, although there were periods where I didn’t read at all. Why? The price of books. I remember when paperbacks suddenly jumped from say $2.50 per book to about $5.99 or something. I just stopped buying them—for many years. The book business lost a good customer.

Today, paperbacks are $7.99 to $12.99 and trade books up to $24.99 and up. Just too expensive. Yet, I buy a lot and read a very lot. Where do I buy my books? Costco $4.99 paperbacks and hardbacks at $15.99. They’re heavily discounted. At Barnes and Noble, only when discounted. Sure, I’ll buy a deeply-desired new book at regular price, but only once in a while.

Printed books may go by the way of the dodo bird. Buy them now.


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