I make a point of encouraging my friends to get their books from me, to consider me their personal bookseller, and to send me e-mails, text messages, or smoke signals whenever they need a book. I like it. It’s still very personal, it’s reasonably reliable, and it really does strike me as a great marriage of modern convenience and old fashioned bookselling. I take the same opportunities to send them messages when I come across a book I think they’ll appreciate and that’s often–the shelves are full of them.
And so it was in this spirit that I got this e-mail today, praising the Kelly Blair covers for their new-ish Heinrich Boll books: