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The Diary of a Bookseller (Shaun Bythell) (edição 2018)

por Shaun Bythell (Autor)

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"The funny and fascinating memoir of Bythell's experiences at the helm of The Bookshop, Scotland's largest second hand bookstore--and the delightfully unusual staff members, eccentric customers, odd townsfolk and surreal buying trips that make up his life there"--
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Título:The Diary of a Bookseller (Shaun Bythell)
Autores:Shaun Bythell (Autor)
Informação:Profile Books (2018), Edition: Main, 320 pages
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I can't tell you how much I enjoyed this book. I imagine, for the regular reader, it might get dull and repetitious, and Bythell could come off as an officious asshole, but...

...but...

For those readers who are also, in some way, on the other side of the counter, the ones who work in some way to get books into people hands, this "year in the life" book is engrossing, and full of wit and truths about the bookselling profession.

I've read a few of the reviews on this book. Is the author a judgemental asshole? Well, to be honest, he addresses that in the book, and chides himself at least twice on being more lenient and less judgemental. However, as a guy who works in a bookstore, I will say, it becomes nearly impossible to not judge that weird, small percentage of freaks that show up to frustrate you and provide grist for later complaints and stories.

Seriously, I could write my own book just on these customers alone.

There's also the mention that he hates Amazon. Actually, he's fairly balanced and quite factual on what Amazon has done for book sales. But does he like them? No, and with reason. When you're faced with a customer who's looking for a very specific book, but they "don't know the author, don't know the title, I think it's red. I heard about it on the radio/TV/magazine about a year ago," then stare at you, obviously expecting to pull the exact book they're looking for out of your ass. And, after probing more, getting as much info as you can, then googling it (and politely not mentioning they could—and should—have done this all themselves) and finally coming up with the actual book (that always turns out to be any colour except the one they mentioned), then they look at the price, and point blank tell you they'll buy it on Amazon, "cuz it's cheaper." Despite not even knowing what the book was 30 seconds earlier (hint: it's usually just as, if not more expensive). For those customers, I suggest, in future, calling Amazon up and giving them the same vague description they gave me, and see how far they get in tracking the book down.

For anyone else who mentions Amazon, I simply stare at them blankly and say, "Amazon? Never heard of it." The looks and comments I get back are totally worth it.

But seriously, there's reasons why Amazon's despised by any self-respecting book lover.

Anyway, the insight into the day-to-day running of a mildly successful book shop, with its curmudgeonly owner, its flaky, weird, and typically hilarious staff, and all the goings-on in a year made for a fascinating read.

Honestly, I enjoyed every second, and laughed out loud a lot. ( )
  TobinElliott | Sep 3, 2021 |
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  Paperpuss | Aug 20, 2021 |
Shaun Bythell owns The Bookshop, a secondhand bookstore in the village of Wigtown in the Galloway region of Scotland. From February of 2014 he kept a diary for a year of the various goings on in his life with an eye to publishing it to give others an insight into working the book trade. Filled with tales of kind and also nightmare customers, his always bizarre encounters with his employee Nicky who is Jehovah's Witness and does Foodie Friday every week (when she brings in finds from her dumpster diving), and his encounters with people during trips to buy books it's a delightful snapshot of his life. Filled with funny, snarky, and sweet moments, despite Bythell's jaded feelings about humanity from his time owning the shop there's plenty of bookishness and beauty to be had here. ( )
  MickyFine | Aug 9, 2021 |
Possibly, this isn't a book for everyone, but it was simply dreamy for an old bookseller like me. He's a writer with style and humor. His bookstore houses 100,000 practically all used books in an old house in Wigtown, Scotland.
The book is truly a diary, as each entry is dated and starts with a summary of how many online requests came in, how many books were in stock. Then there come his tales of dealing with the often amusing, cranky, ignorant, and sometimes golden customers, oddball staff members, and what it takes to keep an independent bookstore going. He lets his opinions fly about local politics, trade trends, the larger book world changes, and he entertained me to new heights. The fact that he shot a Kindle with his shotgun and mounted it for display in his store was perfect. His loathing for the damage that the chains, and especially Amazon, have brought on the book world, are spot on. Yet, he is forced by a lack of options, to use Amazon for some sales ... the book world is screwed up in three hundred and twelve ways. After all of this, each entry gives the sales and customer totals for each day.
Dealing with people about what books are worth in the used book world involves so much. The major influence is from the online world that mostly always forces prices down and cheaper. Since each dealer sets prices on their books, everyone selling to them wants the highest price, and most every customer is pushing for lowest. What could be difficult with any of this? I loved this book and only wish that I could get Vicky to read it next. ( )
  jphamilton | Aug 7, 2021 |
A year in the life of a used book seller. Gives all the reasons that I patronize used book stores and always make s purchase from them. A pox on Amazon.
The book is interesting and funny as well as sad in places. Definitely recomend it.
  BobVTReader | Jul 14, 2021 |
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Bythell is often as charmingly unlikeable as his customers, ridiculing them in the book and online. It’s not clear that he’s actually helpful. He routinely receives complaints about unfulfilled or switched book shipments. His employees appear mostly incompetent...

The Diary of a Bookseller doesn’t seem like it should work. Life at The Book Shop is boring. On a typical day Bythell might sell £200 worth of books, once as little as £5. But there is a soothing monotony to the rhythm of his days. Bythell somehow creates a sense of urgency in the nothingness, and readers may feel that if they skip even one day, they’ll miss some winningly cutting remark.
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