I'd never have done that before
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My family has been going for years, they are almost a religious experience for my mother, however, just hearing about the over crowded under ventilated rooms of elbow to elbow fanatics clawing and pushing through piles of books was enough to send my sense into overload. And my ideas were tame compared to the reality. It took me 2 days to de-toxify the anxiety of 2 hours in a room of 200+ sweating, angry, mob mentality book fanatics.
Yet now, I find myself waiting for that last few hours of "All the books in a Bag" for a set price sale. I can't leave the library on my bi-monthly visit without stopping "just to check" the little used book store inside. And I've done more impulse buys at 4am on Amazon in the past 5 months than my entire life; something about a book only costing 5 cents makes it very difficult to 'just say no'.
Oh, thanks Opinicus, I'd forgotten that I finally delved into the whole digital photo thing primarily so I could take photos of my books which had no available cover art. Sadly, turns out the low priced cameras, in the $100 range, haven't worked well for pictures of books. And I got some strange looks from the photo dept. staff at a local electronic store when I responded to their query,
"What do you need the camera for? Taking pictures of your kids? To send photos to family online?"
And I responded,
"I want to photograph the covers of my book so I can post them to my online library."
Funny how they had no clue which camera is best for that? Like I'm the ONLY one who takes pics of their library???
Have you considered a scanner instead of a camera?
I often put together presentations on bibliographic instruction, and sometimes I scan covers and sometimes I take pictures of the books in situ. Almost without exception, the scanned covers look better than the photographed ones (the exceptions are usually large sets).
The camera is, of course, more versatile (especially if you do have kids or if you travel a lot).
I checked PriceWatch, and even the cheapest scanner seemed to be capable of scanning at 1200dpi (which is what I use), so I think your price range is still an option.
Thanks for the tip!
Since finding and joining LT, I have probably spent at least one hour every other day blasting my ego away. You see, before I found this site, I was under the delusion that I was a well-read person.
Not true. Most of the books quoted on here I've never heard of, and at least three of the authors in the top 20 here I've never heard of. (Am about ready to try this Geiman fellow, though).
Basically, this site has opened a whole new world for me, and also given me lots of friends and lots of fun to meet and greet.
Prior to my LT discovery, I was the most widely read person I knew. I know others who read as much, but they tend to read in a narrow focus.
I chat with a bunch of ladies here on LT and not only do they read more than I do, they read such a broad spectrum of topics and genres that quite frankly, I sometimes feel like the dullard of the group. LOL.
Thanks for posting!