Monday, August 31, 2009

Explain Something to Me

I'm interested in four kinds of books: Graphic novels, books about video games, art references, and science books. These are the three kinds of books that are often shrinkwrapped in Barnes & Nobel and Border's Books. Why? You rarely see Jane Austin or self-help books shrinkwrapped. Why can't I crack open a graphic novel to see if I like the art or not?

EDIT: Glendon has an interesting idea, but I have to knock it down. Two books (which I own) that were NOT shrinkwrapped: Playboy: The Complete Centerfolds and The Big Book of Breasts. I flipped through those suckers in the store. But Batman: Mad Love and Evolution are taboo?

5 comments:

Louis B. said...

The question sort of answers itself.

Jerry D. Harris said...

Why can't I crack open a graphic novel to see if I like the art or not?

'Cuz then you'll get your grubby fingerprints all over it and it won't be in mint condition any longer. (Q.v. this Simpsons clip...scroll through to about 0:55 from the end)

Glendon Mellow said...

Because graphic novels, books about video games and science books might have naked boobies in them and corrupt someone.

Trish said...

I've had this problem more with Sketchbooks of all things. I understand the store wanting to keep the paper virginal (for want of a better word), but I'm not spending money on the book if I don't know what kind of paper I'll be drawing on for the next month.

Glendon Mellow said...

My idea was kind of tongue in cheek, Zach. But there you go. No good reason at all. You should email and ask.