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Inside of a dog it's too dark to read

If you're in the UK you might have heard about this.

There was this place in Bristol called the Book Barn, which was a huge warehouse selling thousands and thousands of used books. Recently the company essentially went under, leaving the landlord of the warehouse with thousands of books he can't do anything with. He offered them to charity who refused them because he wouldn't deliver, apparently, so his solution was freaking awesome - he opened the doors to the public to come and take them away.

Luke went down there last week, and I finally got there Monday myself. It was incredible, totally unlike anything I'd seen before. Thousands of books just piled onto the floor. You were forced - against all literary morals - to walk over two foot high piles of books to get to other sections. There was no order or organisation, and they ranged from Terry Pratchett to books on accounting in the 1800s. There were ancient books, school text books, classics, magazines, even the odd PC monitor and overhead projector. This article has a good picture of the chaos.

I must have made away with about 70 books, I'd say. I plan on listing them all but half of them are currently at Luke's place. I got loads of old cowboy books, loads of high fantasy junk, horrors, thrillers, non fiction, kid's books. I wanted to go back and Luke was planning to, but they've closed the doors again, because apparently somebody broke in and vandalised the place, which initially made me angry as hell but now, y'know, kind of makes sense. You do something nice for people who genuinely appreciate it - of COURSE someone's gonna come along and destroy it. That's how the world works.

Bloody nice while it lasted, though. I could have taken hundreds if I had more time there. It annoyed me how many people have taken books just to resell them. I'm also annoyed I didn't get down there sooner - I made out like a bandit going when I did, I can't imagine how much I would have found had I gone there last week. Still, it was awesome.



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Mar. 4th, 2009 11:27 am (UTC)
I think I would have died at the idea of being able to all but dive into piles of free books. My mum would be looking for things to sell (because it's just in her style to do that) but I'd be picking up books and strapping them to my body so I'd have room to carry more books. xD
Mar. 4th, 2009 11:31 am (UTC)
XD Between Luke and I we had two cases, two bags and, by the end of it, a big box too.
Mar. 4th, 2009 01:20 pm (UTC)
Wow, would have loved to go there! Mind you, I would have started tidying and making piles.
Mar. 4th, 2009 01:46 pm (UTC)
Ohhhhh man that sounds like heaven! Wish I lived over there just so I could get some books. :D
Mar. 4th, 2009 02:14 pm (UTC)
Pity I'm at the other end of the country... that sounds awesome. <3
Mar. 4th, 2009 02:17 pm (UTC)
What a neat article and what a neat experience!

That is an insane amount of books. I would feel bad crawling on them, too.
Mar. 4th, 2009 02:34 pm (UTC)
Well I sure am angry about the vandalism! Seriously, if we're being observed by another species, they must think we're total wankers. No wonder they subject us to probings.

(I'm not a believer - in the probings, at least)
Mar. 4th, 2009 03:04 pm (UTC)
OH... you would have been hard pressed to keep me from ROLLING ABOUT IN THAT SITUATION. <3333333333333

Man, wish I'd been able to go hunting.
Mar. 4th, 2009 04:02 pm (UTC)
OMG I SO WISH I LIVED NEAR BRISTOL! I'd just be in heaven. XD I'm running out of books, too.
Mar. 4th, 2009 06:08 pm (UTC)

You lucky, lucky person.
Mar. 4th, 2009 06:33 pm (UTC)
Woah. That's awesome. I love books but I'm a terrible reader, so all I can think is I bet there's great art inspiration in there :'D
Mar. 4th, 2009 08:27 pm (UTC)
Oh my.

All those books.

For free.

That feels awfully, terribly, deliciously wrong.

Mmmmmmmmmmmmm. ^_^
Mar. 5th, 2009 02:30 am (UTC)
..That is actually epic. I wish I could have joined you on your adventure through this book labyrinth. It sounds amazing! I'm jealous of your hoard of free books :D
Mar. 6th, 2009 11:56 am (UTC)
No graphic novels, I hope... I don't want to think I've missed out on something! :(
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