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Store Owners Burn Books In Protest
KCTV 5 ^ | September 3, 2007 | Unknown

Posted on 09/03/2007 2:27:31 PM PDT by decimon

Book Store Owners Protest 'Decline In Reading'

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The owner of a midtown bookstore set fire to hundreds of books on West 39th Street on Sunday.

"We hope to spark a conversation about the importance of books in the face of a marked shrinking in reading trends, and staggering waste streams of actual books," said Prospero's Books owner, Tom Wayne.

Prospero's has publicized for months that it was looking for a good home for thousands of books, and saying it would burn the books if no one wanted them.

Prospero's maintains three outdoor shelves of books for insomniacs, families with loved ones at the nearby KU Medical Center, early riders of the Kansas City bus system or simply those needing a book but who can't afford one. "Payment is on the honor system," said Prospero’s co-owner, Will Leathem. "Several mornings a week, we find dollars shoved beneath our door. It has been a great lesson in human nature." Click here to find out more!

The bookstore owners said they received thousands of e-mails and phone calls with suggestions what to do with the books. But few people offered to take them.

"With all of the public outcry, I thought more people would step up to give these books a home," said Wayne. "Maybe people thought being outraged would accomplish something."

"We're a small used bookstore," noted Wayne, "most of the ideas we've received would cost us thousands of dollars and dozens of hours, or would have us provide our inventory to organizations that compete directly with used bookstores."


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bookburning; books
When I was an aircraft loader at JFK Airport, 1969 - 1974, the bookstore people would sometimes remove the front cover from unsold paperbacks and leave them in a box near our office.
1 posted on 09/03/2007 2:27:32 PM PDT by decimon
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To: decimon

IIRC, selling books without their covers is illegal.


2 posted on 09/03/2007 2:30:22 PM PDT by pillut48 (CJ in TX --Soccer Mom, Bible Thumper and Proud to be an American! RUN, FRED, RUN!!!)
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To: decimon

I’ve heard of burning books to prevent people from reading them, but burning books because people won’t read them-well, that’s a new one. Censorship by popular apathy?


3 posted on 09/03/2007 2:32:56 PM PDT by tanuki (u)
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To: decimon

I see nothing wrong with burning these books. Most contemporary books are unreadable and poorly written, mirroring the decline in the English language over the past half century. Of course, the article does not state how old these books are, but my guess is they were mostly “modern” books.


4 posted on 09/03/2007 2:33:23 PM PDT by nwrep
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To: pillut48
IIRC, selling books without their covers is illegal.

I was too brief. It was practice to remove the front covers from the unsold books before discarding them. That practice was to prevent the books being retrieved from the trash to be sold.

5 posted on 09/03/2007 2:36:01 PM PDT by decimon
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To: nwrep

In the New Testament in the Book of Acts, they burned books. These must have been occult books and full of slutty junk.


6 posted on 09/03/2007 2:40:31 PM PDT by rovenstinez
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To: nwrep
IIRC, selling books without their covers is illegal.

Prospero's sounds like the Strand Bookstore in NYC. They buy and sell used books but probably have more of overstocks. What they can't sell must eventually get trashed so burning them instead is nothing but a symbolic statement. Right, wrong or otherwise, Tom Wayne wants to make a statement.

7 posted on 09/03/2007 2:47:04 PM PDT by decimon
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To: decimon

Aaaaaagain? What a nerd. He did this once already this summer. He can take them to Half Price Books and sell them for money...I think he is losing it.


8 posted on 09/03/2007 2:47:14 PM PDT by yldstrk (My heros have always been cowboys--Reagan and Bush)
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To: nwrep

I see nothing wrong with burning these books. Most contemporary books are unreadable and poorly written, mirroring the decline in the English language over the past half century.


BURN ALL BOOKS UNDER 50 YEARS OLD!


9 posted on 09/03/2007 2:49:10 PM PDT by durasell (!)
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To: yldstrk
He did this once already this summer.

Maybe he's just a firebug. In any case, I think he's a competitor to Half Price Books.

10 posted on 09/03/2007 2:51:01 PM PDT by decimon
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To: durasell
BURN ALL BOOKS UNDER 50 YEARS OLD!

Let's say you own some junk (of questionable value), which you cannot dispose off. After waiting a while, you decide to burn this junk. So what? Nothing is lost. No big deal. Life goes on. It is not like these hicks in Kansas went and burned the collection of Renaissance paintings in Europe or something.

11 posted on 09/03/2007 2:51:59 PM PDT by nwrep
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To: nwrep

Yeah, it’s not like there aren’t any nursing homes, prisons, schools or military bases in the area that would welcome a truckload of free books.


12 posted on 09/03/2007 2:54:19 PM PDT by durasell (!)
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To: durasell
BURN ALL BOOKS UNDER 50 YEARS OLD!

Yikes. I'll have to go back to buying COBOL books instead of modern technology books.

13 posted on 09/03/2007 2:55:52 PM PDT by Cementjungle
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To: pillut48
IIRC, selling books without their covers is illegal.

It is. I think the idea was that he was giving them away, but making sure no one else could then resell them where he could not.

14 posted on 09/03/2007 2:58:02 PM PDT by The Grammarian
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To: Cementjungle

Yikes. I’ll have to go back to buying COBOL books instead of modern technology books.


COBOL? Decadent filthy pervert! You’ll be buying wholesome APL books.


15 posted on 09/03/2007 3:00:07 PM PDT by durasell (!)
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To: durasell
Yeah, it’s not like there aren’t any nursing homes, prisons, schools or military bases in the area that would welcome a truckload of free books.

How insensitive to expect the owner of the junk to incur expenses of transportation and distribution of said junk to parties who may or may not be interested in acquiring this junk, in addition to the expenses of junk storage that he has already incurred.

16 posted on 09/03/2007 3:04:14 PM PDT by nwrep
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To: rovenstinez
These must have been occult books and full of slutty junk.

Aw! How can you say that?


17 posted on 09/03/2007 3:05:04 PM PDT by uglybiker (relaxing in a luxuriant cloud of quality, aromatic, pre-owned tobacco essence)
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To: nwrep

...or he could just call them up and say, “Hey, I got free books. Come and get’em.”


18 posted on 09/03/2007 3:05:31 PM PDT by durasell (!)
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To: decimon

” I was too brief. It was practice to remove the front covers from the unsold books before discarding them. That practice was to prevent the books being retrieved from the trash to be sold. “

I may be misinformed, but it was my understanding that publishers would reimburse sellers for certain unsold books; the sellers were to remove the covers and return them to the publisher, and destroy the remainder of the book. It was illegal to then sell the coverless book under that program.

I do have a few of those.


19 posted on 09/03/2007 3:09:10 PM PDT by Humble Servant (Keep it simple - do what's right.)
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To: uglybiker

Hey! you can’t post FUNNY STUFF on here! It’s a snooty, wicked serious site. Now I have to go readjust my harumph.


20 posted on 09/03/2007 3:11:53 PM PDT by Humble Servant (Keep it simple - do what's right.)
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To: tanuki

” I’ve heard of burning books to prevent people from reading them, but burning books because people won’t read them-well, that’s a new one “

I suppose it’s better than burning people because they won’t read your book.

Don’t anybody give that idea to the libs, OK?


21 posted on 09/03/2007 3:13:52 PM PDT by Humble Servant (Keep it simple - do what's right.)
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To: nwrep
It is not like these hicks in Kansas went and burned the collection of Renaissance paintings in Europe or something.

Have a lot of respect and reverance for Europe, have you?

22 posted on 09/03/2007 3:18:33 PM PDT by humblegunner ()
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To: uglybiker

D*mn that’s funny!


23 posted on 09/03/2007 3:20:47 PM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: decimon; MurryMom
...saying it would burn the books if no one wanted them.

No one needs liberals but we don't go around burning them - yet.

24 posted on 09/03/2007 3:21:09 PM PDT by Libloather (That's just what I need - some two-bit, washed up, loser politician giving me weather forecasts...)
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To: decimon

Not one book in a hundred is worth the time to read, but likely the burnt books included not one volume from Don Quixote’s library.


25 posted on 09/03/2007 3:22:26 PM PDT by RightWhale (It's Brecht's donkey, not mine)
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To: Humble Servant

OMG! I feel all crispy, already! LOL!


26 posted on 09/03/2007 3:22:51 PM PDT by tanuki (u)
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To: decimon
It was practice to remove the front covers from the unsold books before discarding them. That practice was to prevent the books being retrieved from the trash to be sold.

Booksellers remove the front covers and return them to the publisher to get a full refund of the price they paid for them, listing them as unsold and destroyed. It's cheaper than paying the full cost of returning the much heavier whole book. They are supposed to have been destroyed in the agreement the bookseller made with the publisher for disposal of unsold inventory.

27 posted on 09/03/2007 3:23:53 PM PDT by FreedomCalls (It's the "Statue of Liberty," not the "Statue of Security.")
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To: durasell
I see nothing wrong with burning these books. Most contemporary books are unreadable and poorly written, mirroring the decline in the English language over the past half century

Stopped in Barnes and Noble today to pick up a couple books for daughter's English class. They have a whole wall of an odd product they call "graphic novels." Turns out, they are comic books bound like pulp paperbacks. Large pictures and childish dialog...If I was reduced to selling this kind of drivel I'd burn it too.

28 posted on 09/03/2007 3:26:12 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: FreedomCalls
They are supposed to have been destroyed in the agreement the bookseller made with the publisher for disposal of unsold inventory.

Trust me, that would be the least of crimes I witnessed at JFK Airport. Daily.

29 posted on 09/03/2007 3:30:31 PM PDT by decimon
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To: decimon
Shame they decided to burn books.

I recently bought text books for a student at the local community college.

Human Anatomy, New 166.77 Used 145.12.

Human Physiology, New 167.35 Used 144.20.

The class had limited number of students and the professor demanded current edition 2007 books.

The cost of education especially book prices have absolutely gone over the top.

30 posted on 09/03/2007 3:50:48 PM PDT by OKIEDOC (Kalifornia, a red state wannabe. I don't take Ex Lax I just read the New York Times.)
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To: decimon
Shame they decided to burn books.

I recently bought text books for a student at the local community college.

Human Anatomy, New 166.77 Used 145.12.

Human Physiology, New 167.35 Used 144.20.

The class had limited number of students and the professor demanded current edition 2007 books.

The cost of education especially book prices have absolutely gone over the top.

31 posted on 09/03/2007 3:50:48 PM PDT by OKIEDOC (Kalifornia, a red state wannabe. I don't take Ex Lax I just read the New York Times.)
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To: decimon

Check out the guy’s website. He sells very little I would be interested in.


32 posted on 09/03/2007 4:16:21 PM PDT by ikka
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To: Humble Servant; rovenstinez; Tijeras_Slim
Some other burned titles...

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33 posted on 09/03/2007 4:28:11 PM PDT by uglybiker (relaxing in a luxuriant cloud of quality, aromatic, pre-owned tobacco essence)
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To: decimon
Prospero's has publicized for months that it was looking for a good home for thousands of books, and saying it would burn the books if no one wanted them.

I'm doing my part:


34 posted on 09/03/2007 4:33:12 PM PDT by Physicist
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To: Physicist

Never thought of using books to shore up my roof. Thanks.


35 posted on 09/03/2007 4:37:06 PM PDT by decimon
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To: decimon


Did they burn this book?
36 posted on 09/03/2007 4:41:39 PM PDT by GodBlessRonaldReagan (Big dog, big dog, bow-wow-wow! We'll crush crime, now, now, now!)
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