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Paperback reader

30th Jul, 2012 | Posted by in Blog
Paperback reader

Paperback Book Day: a wonderful celebration for a big reader who’s also a writer, ex-Waterstone’s bookseller, and would much rather have to put up with losing his page and receiving the occasional paper cut than use an e-reader.

I can’t tell you how many paperback books I own. Yes, I could count, but I can’t be bothered. It’s a few hundred though, and I’d love to have a house full of them from floor to rafters when I’m a pensioner, especially if they’re considered archaic by then.

You can’t beat browsing a bookshop (although for me it’s never just browsing, I always end up spending at least a tenner), or popping into a library to see what the people of that area have a particular taste for, such as Ings Library in Hull, which has a disproportionately large amount of westerns on its shelves compared to its brothers and sisters.

Having released a collection of short stories myself in December 2009, I’m now writing a novel… well, it’s been on hold for about a year, but it’ll get printed eventually. And though I grant that it will most probably be released as an ebook as well, I can’t wait to have the proper edition in my hand. The type that you can flick through, drum your fingers on, and take a sniff of when you think there’s nobody watching (there always is, trust me).

So here’s to paperback books (as well as hardbacks) – they may not be especially friendly to the environment, but they’ll always be this reader’s closest friend, the saucy little minxes.

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Rich Sutherland

Rich is a copywriter and social media manager who loves writing about random things in his spare time. Between weekly posts for Days of the Year, he can be found on his blog, Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Instagram. He also writes short stories within 140 characters on his @tinyweefiction channel. If you see him in the street, make sure to wave (he's 6'4" with glasses, a beard and rockabilly hair - can't miss him).
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