New or Used?

Do you like second-hand bookshops? Are you one of those people who can roam around for hours, checking every shelf, looking for a buried treasure among the ruins?  Or do you find all that chaos and clutter unbearable?

I can’t stand books that have been mangled or damaged in any way. And when people write in them – oh, I really hate that. When I buy a book I examine it thoroughly before I’ll take it to the cash. I can’t even stand library books that are tattered or showing signs of age. Deal or no deal, I am not the least bit tempted to wander around second hand bookshops. But Shakespeare & Co. in Paris, that’s definitely the exception.

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