I’m flattered and grateful for any sale, of course (the daughter’s college fund can always use help), but for all the obvious reasons, I’d like those considering a purchase to swing by the┬álocal independents. Price and convenience of the online retailers are hard to argue with, but bookstores, like buskers, disappear if everyone just walks on by, and we should all be the poorer for it.

In America, can point you to the closest shop in your area. Likewise in the UK. Many are happy to ship.