Book Addictions out of control

Some of you might think the title of this blog is a joke or toungue in cheek. Sadly, for some people this is not the case. See this NYT story: The Best Stealer List.

It seems some people are so enamoured of books that they will steal them if they have to:

While there’s no certainty that book sales are on the rise this summer, unfortunately there’s inferential evidence that there’s no shrinkage of “inventory shrinkage” in bookstores, and it may be rising . . . Who is doing all the stealing? There are the thieves who simply want to read a book or give it as a gift, particularly an expensive photo or art book. There are those, called boosters, who steal for resale. To many booksellers, the Beat generation means drugs, so stealing a Kerouac means reselling it for drug money. In recent years, there have even been several book-stealing gangs, led by bookstore owners.

I guess I should look on the bright side. I may have a problem but stealing is not one of them.

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Kevin Holtsberry

I work in communications and public affairs. I try to squeeze in as much reading as I can while still spending time with my wife and two kids (and cheering on the Pittsburgh Steelers and Michigan Wolverines during football season – oh, and watching golf too).

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