Books as Gifts
Blogger: Etta Wilson
Location: Books & Such Nashville Office
Weather: Cold and clear
Here we are at Black Friday, named for the one day retailers can almost certainly turn a profit. It took me a a day or two to figure out the meaning of this term, when I first heard it, since “black” implied funereal to my mind. In our area, merchants started very early,and in some cases they pulled out the Christmas decorations before Halloween was over. Why didn’t they call it “green Friday” or has cash as the medium of exchange become obsolete? Regardless, it’s really time now to think of what gifts and to whom we want to give.
At our house, giving often centers around books, which calls for special attention to the recipient as well as several trips to local bookstores. Who would have guessed that a college-age grandson wants a book about John Calvin? Or that the University of Tennessee Press would publish a new book on the ivory-billed woodpecker just in time to give a bird-watching brother-in-law? Don’t tell my husband, but a new book on black and white photography is coming his way. And I’m perusing recent historical fiction titles for one daughter and southern gardening titles for the other. Selecting a particular book for a loved one is sometimes as rewarding as reading one.
The ongoing slump in book sales has actually heightened my desire to give books, particularly books that may not be available in electronic format for some time. As a bona fide bookie, I wonder if I’m giving memorabilia for future years as well as reading enjoyment for the present. I also need to confess that I’m shopping for the newest edition of Kindle.
Without giving away any secrets, what titles are on your shopping list? How do you make decisions about what books to give others? Are you giving any electronically read editions?