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      Something Wicked This Way Comes...   10/09/2019

      The Autumn Supporter Giveaway!       Welcome to the very first of the seasonal BCF supporter giveaways! This month also marks one year since I took on the forum, so I want to say an extra huge thank you to all of you for keeping this place going. I have a little bit more to say about that later but, for now, let's get to the giveaway!     The Autumn Giveaway winner will be getting two Penguin Little Black Classics, The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe and To Be Read At Dusk by Charles Dickens. Both of these little books contain three atmospheric short stories, perfect for autumnal evenings. The winner will also get Mary Shelley tea (a lavender and vanilla black tea) from Rosie Lea Tea's Literary Tea Collection (https://www.rosieleatea.co.uk/collections/literary-tea-collection) and a chocolate skull, to really get that spooky atmosphere .   and...   A special treat for a special month. The winner will choose one of the following recent paperback releases from the independent bookshop Big Green Bookshop:       The Wych Elm by Tana French A House of Ghosts by W.C. Ryan Melmoth by Sarah Perry The Familiars by Stacey Halls  The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White   The winner will be chosen via the usual random selection process in one week. Patreon supporters are entered automatically. If you aren't a patreon supporter but you'd like to join in with this giveaway, you can support here: https://www.patreon.com/bookclubforum.   I really hope you're all going to like this introduction to the seasonal giveaways. It's been a lot of fun to put together. Other chocolate skulls may have been harmed during the selection process…     

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  1. Books from Charity Shops

    Very much depends on whether its a charity shop specialising in books or not. Many of the usual "general goods" shops might just have a few shelves of unwanted fiction. The ones concentrating on books will have a wide selection with many genres all sorted into their own areas. I've seen pretty much most things in the more specialised ones.
  2. Show your bookshelf

    Aha! Cool, ok. Ta
  3. How much should a book cost?

    Interesting stuff; it did seem a weird way to operate.
  4. The high price of cheap books

    I completely agree - the retailer, I guess, would argue they have staff and premises costs to cover. But even so, the way the split is generally assumed to work is extremely galling for the creator. I quite agree, the lion's share should go to the creator, it makes no sense to do otherwise. I can quite understand authors self publishing - I know musicians who do th esame. Indeed, I've done it myself.
  5. I suppose the book someone reads does steer you towards some kind of opinion, yes. I wouldn't be shy about reading Mein Kampf in public (although I haven't really felt the need to read it) - like our dress sense or face or anything else, we can't control what opinions others form about us (and I'm old enough now not to care what people think, so I'd read what I want)
  6. How much should a book cost?

    Its not just manufacturing cost though - its staff costs too. Editor, proofer, anyone else at the publishing company...all need paying (and I know proofers are generally freelance now; just factoring in their cost too). Mind you, I was talking to a used bookshop owner a few months ago and he said that most "mass market" biogs and suchlike are rarely even proofed now. And they're churned out by the thousands, as its cheaper for them to do that, then pulp any unsold. Seems like madness but I guess the same factors and business practices from other industries make their way into publishing to hammer down costs too.
  7. Show your bookshelf

    Where? No link
  8. The high price of cheap books

    I really don't think Amazon's model makes sense - it seems to assume that they can screw over authors and publishers by offering their customers the cheapest option as default and that authors and publishers will continue to produce the product for them to sell, regardless of whether its economic for them to do so. Maybe authors will ALWAYS write, just as musicians will ALWAYS write - another industry where the creator often now gets screwed over by making nothing or very little from the sale of the product. But ultimately the middle man - the publisher - will surely disappear if no-one is buying at a price they have budgeted for. While I'm all for retailers thinking about the consumer, ultimately they also need to think about whether their practices are are affecting those responsible for supplying what they sell.
  9. Are you a mood reader? Reading moods

    100% yes. I finish a book and then look at all the hundreds of books I now have WAITING to be read and see which one I fancy. Biography one time, football subject the next, then a WW1 or WW2, or a music biog, or a historical account of something... I rarely read the same genre twice in a row.
  10. Which online bookstores do you use?

    Abebooks mainly these days, although private sellers on Amazon sometimes too. Agree on Wordery's delivery times being long. They are occasionally cheaper than Amazon for new books but I only use them if I'm not in a rush for the book.
  11. Books from Charity Shops

    I agree with that - I know people who only buy stuff they're actually looking for but I just go in and see if anything takes my eye. I took 2 bags into our local Age UK shop today and came home with 7 more (all £1 each). None of which I knew about before I went in. 99% of my books come in second hand. I've still never found food, hairs or anything else in them, apart from the odd bookmark
  12. Upgrade to New Version - Any Questions?

    This seems to have worked so far. Whether I get any notifications to any replies, I don't know yet. Edited to add, yes I do get reply notifications, so that's ok. The one that came up on every new page can be blocked easily with the "always block" option.
  13. Upgrade to New Version - Any Questions?

    It seems to be independent of the usual forum thing when you post when it asks if you want to be notified of any replies - that's a useful feature. Can't see what this one does when I load a page up. I'll keep clicking "always block" and hope it goes away...
  14. Upgrade to New Version - Any Questions?

    I'm getting the "do you want to be notified of updates?" pop up every time I load a new page too. I have pop ups blocked on my Firefox. Not sure how this is a Firefox thing?
  15. Have you ever visited a book fair ?

    Interesting, David, thanks. Maybe it does depend on area but we have a number of used bookstores here which can be quite cheap - some more than others of course, and some only deal in antiquarian or valuable things but there are a few not far from me (within an hour's drive) where good quality books can be had for much less than the price of a new one. And we also have charity bookshops which are often cheaper still, if not containing perhaps the same large range of stock. Fairs here seem to be collections of dealers coming together - not aware they run any for charity here (perhaps as we have the charity bookshops). Hence my question as to whether anyone had been (and it looks like no-one has, here). Fortunately we have a site here (inprint.co.uk) which lists used bookshops, whether privately run or by charities and visitors can review them. Through that I have the location of them on my google map on my phone, so whenever I'm away anywhere I can see if one is nearby. But of course, like you, I also buy via Amazon (or Abebooks is another). The important thing is remembering to shop around and get the best price. As you say, often charity events (shops in our case here) are often the cheapest.