I learned an important lesson today about shopping for books that I want to share in case anyone else looks for hard-to-find books. Here is the whole story.
It started in a book shop in
The book was first published in 1954 and it is now out of print, but Amazon US was offering it used through private sellers. I found a 1954 hardcover first edition in “very good” condition for $7.50 + shipping. I thought it was an impossible bargain, but it is now on its way to my new niece in
Today, while searching for other books that are hard to find in the
The other books I was looking for today are for Mike the barman. They are Redemption Song: The Authorised Biography of Joe Strummer by Chris Salewicz and 2stoned by Andrew Loog Oldham. Both are available on Amazon
I found Redemption Song: The Ballad of Joe Strummer (same book, slightly different title), but Amazon
I decided to look at Barnes & Noble. They have one used copy of Redemption Song: The Authorised Biography, it is in “good” condition and it is being offered for $1,100. No joke - $1,100. On Amazon
Now, I would like to think that someone in The America who is considering paying $1,100 for a used book would have the sense to look elsewhere, including bookshops outside of The America, but you never know.