“To get pleasure out of Christmas shopping, begin early and make your selections gradually. It is quite time to begin now. There are no gifts so satisfactory and lasting as well-chosen books, and none so flattering to the taste and intelligence of the recipient.”Contrary to what you might think, that’s not a quote from her. It’s actually from the New York Times - a hundred years ago.
In today’s world, booksellers and authors are worried. Nelson points to the severe slump at Borders. As outsiders we sometimes have a myopic view. We think, well, if Borders goes down, then they should have been smarter and the world is better off without them. But Nelson asks, what will happen to the wholesalers who service the Borders chain? And that leads you to wonder, what will happen to the people who work for the wholesalers but have to be laid off? Despite these concerns, Nelson says it’s best to focus on what we can control
Ultimately, Nelson concludes:
Better to focus on what we all got into this business for in the first place: finding a way to connect the writers with the books and, ultimately, with the readers.