Tuesday, December 16, 2008
What makes a bad bookstore...
The single thing that is guaranteed to turn me off about a bookstore (something that ordinarily isn't easy to do, because I love books immensely) is when its shelves are poorly organized. Titles clash, subjects are all mixed up, even alphabetization by authors name is out the window. Ruins my ability to browse for something new and exciting, as well as my chances of actually finding any particular title I might have been looking for, and by and large doesn't put me in the mood to buy books. How bad is it when you can't even find Dr. Seuss books with ease? Jeepers. I like supporting smaller businesses, although this might have been a chain for all I know, but seriously... makes me long for Amazon. Sigh.
Also, what's with half of the books in the science section being about God? "How Science deals with God" and a dozen other books with similar titles mixed in all over the science section. As a scientist and a "papist" (to steal Dr. Isis' term for it), I think about such things from time to time. But they don't have books in the religion section about science, so why is the science section half populated by pseudo religious books? Give them their own section at least, so I can find science when that's what I'm looking for. What science books weren't dealing with the science-god controversies seemed to have to do with a very limited selection of other topics, including sex, our brains, and Einstein. I'm sure he'd be glad to know he made the hit list with humanity's favorite preoccupation. There's a whole world out there book-store owners... c'mon now.
And, get rid of the small stuffed animals that make obnoxious sounds each of the fifty million times bored children squeeze them. Or bad things are gonna happen.
(I wasn't supposed to post again, but I'm irritated, and avoiding packing. ick)