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Weird Things Customers Say in Bookstores
Weird Things Customers Say in Bookstores | Jennifer Campbell
A simple Twitter question posed by John CleeseWhat is your biggest pet peeve?inspired Jen Campbell to start a blog collecting all the ridiculous conversations overheard in her bookstore. Did Beatrix Potter ever write a book about dinosaurs? Did Charles Dickens ever write anything fun? Ive forgotten my glasses, can you read me the first chapter? Excuse me . . . is this book edible? Filled with fun and quirky illustrations by the award-winning Brothers McLeod and featuring contributions from booksellers across the United States and Canada, as well as the authors native UK, Weird Things Customers Say in Bookstores is a celebration of bookstores, large and small, and of the brilliant booksellers who toil in those literary fields, as well as the myriad of colorful characters that walk through the doors everyday.
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Juliwyant
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Such a cute book! I needed a good laugh and these customer quotes did the trick! Cute illustrations too. :)

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charl08
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Love this (from my local bookshop).

Butterfinger Oh my. 😃 2w
Bette 😆😂 2w
CarolynM 😂😂😂 2w
charl08 @Butterfinger @bette @CarolynM tempting me to pay a visit: the twitter is working! 2w
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booklover3258
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Pickpick

My book review is currently on my Youtube vlog at:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V3wuTspPiIs

Enjoy!

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BookishGirl06
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Pickpick

Well I finished that super quick lol. Went by very fast but I enjoyed it.

KathyWheeler There‘s supposed to be a second one but I haven‘t run across it yet. 2mo
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BookishGirl06
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Currently reading

CoverToCoverGirl I have worked in an independent bookstore for 15 years.. I should have been keeping a journal all along.. readers are very interesting and inquisitive and everyone really does have a story. ❤️❤️ This book was gifted to me by one of my longtime readers and is nestled safely in my library. 2mo
BookNAround This cover cracks me up. Back in 95, when I worked at an indie bookstore, I actually had someone ask me if Jane Austen had written anything new since they really liked the P&P adaptation. My manager and I looked at each other and had to look away fast. We did bust out laughing over it later at close though. 2mo
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Patchshank
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Cailey_Mac This literally makes my heart so happy; a small town 15 minutes away from me is reopening their bookstore! 2mo
Texreader Celebration!! 2mo
Soubhiville great news! 2mo
Freespirit I think the same is happening in Australia🤗 2mo
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Samplergal
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I‘m going with a Book about Books for this one. #nfNovember

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Samplergal
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Mehso-so

I was expecting a little more from this book. #nfNovember

Clwojick Awe shucks! It sounds like this one has so much potential to be hilarious too! 3mo
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Samplergal
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A great plane book when you are sitting next to a chatty five year old who wants me to be his new best friend!

MicheleinPhilly I don‘t mind when it‘s kids; when it‘s adults, I want the closest emergency exit and a parachute. 3mo
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Tove_Reads
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In three weeks I‘ll be at the biggest bookstore on the Southern Hemisphere; 8 stories high, more than 1 million books! OMG, take my money! Tomorrow I‘m heading to the big book fair in Helsinki. I ❤️ books!

MommyWantsToReadHerBook Where is the southern hemisphere one? Excuse my ignorance! 3mo
MommyWantsToReadHerBook Which bookstore?? I'm in Pretoria and I've never heard of this 😱 3mo
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MommyWantsToReadHerBook Plus, you're going to be in SA? That's so cool 3mo
Tove_Reads Yeah, I‘ll come to Pretoria as well! What should I do there? It looks so pretty! I‘ll die in the heat though 😂 I think it‘s called Collectors Treasure or something @MommyWantsToReadHerBook (edited) 3mo
Tove_Reads @MommyWantsToReadHerBook Hurry up going there! Due to their bday they give a 45% discount on all books in October. Just my luck... 🤷🏼‍♀️☹️ 3mo
MommyWantsToReadHerBook @Tove_Reads would love to meet up! Uhm the typical spots like the Union Buildings, Voortrekker Monument and Church Square are well worth visiting, the Monument just very tiring. Yeah, it's hot now! Rietvlei Nature Reserve is beautiful and easily accessible if you want to go for a game drive or two. The Cultural Historical Museum (hmmm I'll check the English name) is awesome and would teach you a lot about South Africa. 3mo
Tove_Reads @MommyWantsToReadHerBook Awesome, thanks! I should be there November 27 or 28. Coming from one of the coldest places on the planet it‘s for sure different! I‘m pretty much flying from the most Northern place to the most Southern place, yet I‘ll be in the same time zone, crazy! 3mo
MommyWantsToReadHerBook How much time will you have here? That's so crazy! 3mo
Tove_Reads @MommyWantsToReadHerBook I‘ll be in Jozi for one night November 15-16. Flying to Vic Falls 16th. Coming back down through Zimbabwe and Botswana. I‘ll be back in Jozi 25th. 3mo
MommyWantsToReadHerBook Awesome. Do get in touch before you leave, let's try and get coffee or lunch or something! 3mo
Tove_Reads @MommyWantsToReadHerBook My thing is wildlife, especially wildlife trade, so I‘ll be visiting rescue centers and going on safaris. I‘ll also visit microbreweries and naturally bookstores. Very interested in African history and politics. 3mo
Tove_Reads @MommyWantsToReadHerBook I‘ll def get in touch! Let me know if you visit the bookstore before I get there! 3mo
MommyWantsToReadHerBook @Tove_Reads sadly not likely, I'm so broke right now and it would be like a whole time-consuming outing and I have my kids with me as a rule. The area is super dodgy according to a friend... So better do the smart stuff like obviously no valuables, and like Uber there directly, don't walk around... It's sad, actually. 3mo
Tove_Reads @MommyWantsToReadHerBook I‘m staying maybe 2 km away, and my hotel offers a free shuttle bus (within 5km), so I‘ll be using that one! Looked at the hotels there for a very long time! Also coming from the safest Western country it‘s so strange. Rietvlei is most def on my list. The public transport system seems to be quite bad, so trying to figure out how I can go places. 3mo
MommyWantsToReadHerBook Yeah our public transport system sucks 😭 I called Rietvlei easily accessible but I guess to Uber would cost a small fortune. Where in Pretoria are you staying? Could you rent a car? I have a friend who does tours to the historic sites in Pretoria, and actually also Rietvlei, but I think that's normally when there is a whole group of foreign visitors that are traveling together... 3mo
MommyWantsToReadHerBook Where are you from again, Norway? I forget! 3mo
Tove_Reads @MommyWantsToReadHerBook Finland. I‘ve decided to stay in Jozi and move around. Easy to get to Pretoria for the day. I want to go to the cradle of humankind, but it‘s either a tour or drive. Insane! I don‘t want to drive in a strange big city. 3mo
MommyWantsToReadHerBook @Tove_Reads ah I see. I wanted to suggest Cradle of Humankind too - the installation The Long March to Freedom is AMAZING. Yeah driving sounds stressful - especially on our roads 😜
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veritysalter
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Pickpick

I took a break last night from the spooky with a little humour. 😂

LeahBergen This one‘s a riot. 3mo
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Ddzmini
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I completely agree Dee Mroz 📖😋🤣🤣🤣

Clwojick 😂😂😂😂 4mo
Suet624 Perfect representation. 4mo
Caroline2 😆 4mo
Ddzmini @Clwojick @Suet624 and @Caroline feel like doing this all the time 🙌🏽😝📖😋 4mo
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Shadowfat
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Pickpick

This was a quick read but fun. It's pretty amazing what crazy things people will say. As someone who works in retail I could definitely relate to some of how people acted!

rather_be_reading stacked! 2mo
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Mitch
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I‘ve been following the owners progress on this store on social media - so I had to visit today. She‘s only been open a few months. She moved from London to Margate to realise her dream of opening her own bookstore. She painted the shop herself and fitted all the shelves and has had a great opening few months. It has a lovely lovely vibe - it oozes booklove.

erzascarletbookgasm So lovely 💗 6mo
4thhouseontheleft Very cool!
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Bookzombie Lovely! 6mo
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Cathythoughts Lovely pics 6mo
ValerieAndBooks I love the color of the shop exterior! 6mo
AmyG Looks like a wonderful little bookstore. 6mo
Ruthiella Looks very inviting! I hope she gets lots of business. 6mo
Leftcoastzen Looks beautiful, I hope she thrives. 6mo
scripturient Looks absolutely beautiful!! So book shopping in Edinburgh next weekend? 🤪 6mo
catebutler Oh! This is lovely. I‘m always so happy to see more indie bookshops popping up. 📚 6mo
SW-T Hope she and her shop thrive 😊 6mo
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Kayla.Adriena
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SOLD to the same company that owns Waterstones! Let's hope for positive change! May I suggest starting with removal of the toy section and the freaken rows of DVDs?!

KatieDid927 I agree about the DVDs, less so about the toys. I like them and they do help them boost sales. 6mo
Birdsong28 Waterstones is a really good company, I like their stores and online presence. Customer service is wonderful. And they don't sell dvds!!! Lol📚📖 6mo
Kayla.Adriena @KatieDid927 I like the puzzles and the funko pops lol 6mo
Kayla.Adriena @Birdsong28 I'm hopeful they will turn it around! 6mo
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Mitch
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Thanks for the tag @wanderinglynn and @jenniferw88

Never have I ever...
.......written in a book or turned down the corners!
.......walked past a bookstore without going in!
.......read a horror or romance novel!
.......claimed I‘ll ever read all the books on my TBR!

Happy #humpdaypost

DebbieGrillo 🍷🍷🍷Thanks for playing! 6mo
jenniferw88 🥛🥛🥛🥛 6mo
Exbrarian 🥃🥃🥃🥃 6mo
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eraderneely 🍷🍷🍷 6mo
IndoorDame 🍷🍷 6mo
shadowspeak17 🍷🍷🍷 6mo
hes7 🍷🍷🍷 6mo
wanderinglynn I need 1/2 🥃 for your first one because I have written in a book before. 6mo
gibblr 🍷🍷🍷 I‘d never claim to read all the books on my neverending TBR lol 6mo
ChasingOm 🍷🍷🍷 6mo
LauraJ 🥃 🥃🥃 6mo
JaclynW 🍷🍷 6mo
sudi 🍸🍸 6mo
gradcat 🍷🍷🍷 6mo
JessClark78 🍷🍷 6mo
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Mitch
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Very cute little store in Edinburgh.... wins my vote for best shop front with potential for great displays ! 🏆

tpixie Awesomeness!! Great find!! 8mo
tpixie Check out #StarfieldLibrary on Instagram it‘s an AMAZING library! 8mo
Mitch @tpixie it looks amazing. I love whole walls of books as far as the eye can see. 👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼 8mo
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Sarah83 @scripturient do you know this one? 8mo
charl08 Love Edinburgh for second hand bookshops. I always come away with a much heavier bag! 8mo
wanderinglynn Lovely! 😍 8mo
scripturient @Sarah83 Not yet. It‘s relatively new. But it‘s on my list for August. :) 8mo
Sarah83 @scripturient 🤩😍🤩😍 Hope you will like it 😍 8mo
teainthelibrary Edinburgh has some great bookstores - enjoy!! 8mo
Leftcoastzen So cool!😎 8mo
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That-Bookish-Hiker
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Was so excited when I saw that there was a Half Prices bookstore here, we don‘t have them in Oregon. Got me a new book and some comics.

#exploringKansasCityMo

LoverofLit Hey this is my city! And that's my favorite HFB! 😍😍 8mo
sammisho That's my favorite HFB!!! Me and @loveroflit have book n brunch dates there! Hope you are enjoying our city! 8mo
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Sarah83
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I am still feeling a bit ill and I wanted to treat myself with a book. Instead of buying a book I bought these two beauties. On the left is 'reading rat' called Liesel (it's from Steiff for the 100th birthday of a German bookshop company) and on the right is a bookish mug. The 'designer' is a famous German cartoonist and comedian called Loriot and the printing says 'You should read more' .... Mhmm... Maybe I should use this mug daily now??? 😂😂😂

readordierachel Cute! 9mo
rubyslippersreads I recognized Steiff by the button in the ear. 😊 9mo
Sarah83 @rubyslippersreads I really love them😍 9mo
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wanderinglynn
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For Bloggess fans: Jenny Lawson will be opening a bookstore in/near San Antonio. Today she announced the name: Nowhere Bookstore, & has a poll to vote on the logo.

https://thebloggess.com/2019/04/24/going-nowhere-but-in-a-good-way-for-once/

#supportindiebookstores

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wanderinglynn
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Just visited my first independent bookstore in my new area—Liberty Bay Books In Poulsbo, WA. I just might have bought a couple things for the #mythsandlegendsswap 😉

LauraJ It‘s the best way to make a new city feel like home 🏡 10mo
Reagan Beautiful store! 10mo
diananissan3 I love it. What did you buy? 10mo
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Liatrek
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Pickpick

🤣🤣🤣 This book was hilarious!

Caroline2 😆 that‘s brilliant!!! 11mo
Soozee 😆😆 11mo
KimM This is great! Eventually that (probably young) reader will find that the brooding, flawed male is a requirement of most romance novels, vampire or not. (edited) 11mo
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Liatrek
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Providing a much needed good laugh at the end of a long week🤣 Happy Friday Littens 🎉

bookseller_cate Love that book. 12mo
SW-T Loved it! 12mo
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teebe
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Pickpick

Both of these are funny, delightful and alarming (the horrors of retail!). They‘re great for a quick and entertaining read.

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teebe
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Avoiding the snowstorm that isn‘t a storm by reading with this guy 📖

#Gambit #petsoflitsy #dogsoflitsy #bookdog

JoScho He is a cutie! 12mo
IamIamIam Lol, I'm loving the fact that we got rain last night!!! Happy (non) storm reading, Toni! 💚 12mo
tournevis He's adorable and the storm was lame. 12mo
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teebe
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Some more of the books I ordered with the money from Christmas #bookhaul

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Jentheintrovert
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Sick in bed with the flu, so it‘ll be good to read something funny.

Librarybelle Hope you feel better soon! 13mo
Jentheintrovert Thank you! I‘m getting better slowly but surely 12mo
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Kalalalatja
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This book makes me laugh about how #PeopleAreStrange when they visit bookshops. I applaud all book sellers who have to deal with questions like: “Do you have any books in this shade of green, to match the wrapping paper I‘ve bought?”, or “Is this book edible?”, or “I‘ve forgotten my glasses, could you read the beginning of this book to me to see if I like it?” 😂

#OctoberXFiles

Cinfhen Hilarious 🤣😂 🙌🏻💕 1y
Robothugs Hahaha 😆😂 The last one seems like something I‘d expect, even though it‘s a bit strange. The rest... 😆 1y
AnneCecilie Who are these customers? It would never cross my mind to even think about them. 1y
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KarenUK I actually had a customer ask me yesterday, to help her find a small blue book that she‘d seen in the store 6 months ago on a table, that she didn‘t know the title or the author, and she thought it might be some short stories or something like that! The crazy thing is, I found the book! 🤦‍♀️😂 1y
Kalalalatja @Cinfhen @Robothugs @AnneCecilie It was hard to choose which quotes to use, they are all so funny 😂😂😂 @KarenUK the power of book sellers! 👏😄👏 1y
Cinfhen That‘s amazing @KarenUK what was it???? 1y
Cinfhen FREAKY that you found it almost like God was winking at you @KarenUK 😘😘😘😘 1y
Robothugs I may need to purchase this book for when I need a laugh. 🤔 1y
Robothugs @KarenUK that is hilarious 😆😆 job more than well done! 1y
CoverToCoverGirl I‘ve worked in a used bookstore for 13 very lucky years and yes I‘ve been asked some pretty interesting and funny questions. My fellow readers are wonderfully quirky! 😊 I was gifted this book by a co-worker and it is very funny! It found a place in my library. 1y
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KerriNTurner
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I do love a tiny but well-stocked book store.

rather_be_reading darling!! 😍 1y
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amma-keep-reading
Pickpick

As funny as I hoped it would be.

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BookNerd9906
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Squatters rights?

SumisBooks 😂😂😂😂 1y
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AdeleReads
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My booksellin‘ dad in action! Thankful for this article in Georgetown‘s local paper (even if there are a couple lil‘ grammatical errors 😉 —good publicity is good publicity for White Rabbit Books!) 😀📚👍 https://www.theifp.ca/news-story/8851307-shop-local-in-the-age-of-amazon-and-onl...

readinginthedark Awesome! 💜 1y
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litznbooks
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🤣🤣🤣

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saguarosally
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What‘s having enough books? I‘ve heard of that somewhere but I‘m not very familiar with it.

kspenmoll There can never be enoughbooks! 2y
rubyslippersreads I don‘t understand that concept at all. 😂 2y
saguarosally @kspenmoll I try that logic myself but then I start expanding storage areas. 2y
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saguarosally @rubyslippersreads I...too many books? 2y
TheBookHippie Sacrilege 😂 2y
saguarosally @TheBookHippie The almighty library agrees. 2y
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Lola
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Plotting my return sans husband. And strongly ascribing to the theory that “classics don‘t count” when adding to one‘s personal library.

DGRachel I like that theory! 2y
Lola @DGRachel It‘s a good one! As is “ditto purchases made at independent bookstores” 😊 2y
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MirrorMask
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"Customer: Hi.
Bookseller: Hi there, how can I help?
Customer: Could you please explain Kindle to me.
Bookseller: Sure. It's an e-reader, which means you download books and read them on a small hand-held computer.
Customer: Oh, OK, I see. So..... this Kindle. Are the books on that #paperback or hardback?"

#quotsyjune18 @TK-421

Slajaunie 😂 2y
TheSpineView That is a good one. Sad to think someone probably asked that question. 2y
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jenniferw88
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BkClubCare 🤣 sounds like my MIL. She is always telling me to send photos to her Kindle and not her phone... 2y
tournevis My mother calls my Flickr account "your webpage". 2y
tournevis Incidently, I gave my parents a Kobo and it sits in a drawer. 2y
Nerdy_Bookworm 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂 2y
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Michollio
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Pickpick

Hilarious. Eye roll inducing. Gaiman's quote is spot-on.

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arlenefinnigan
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Katiesbookishlife
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So many funny stories, recommend it if you need some bookish laughs.

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KarenUK
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Pickpick

Neil Gaiman‘s blurb is spot on! So funny.... yet so sad.... 🤦‍♀️.... it‘s all very very familiar! I could add plenty of stories myself.... 😂
I‘ve donated this to the break room at work so all the book sellers can have a giggle 😊👍

Sophoclessweetheart OmG! 😹😹 2y
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bell7
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Do you work with the public, especially in a book-related field? I can almost guarantee you'll love this hysterical collection of stories of interactions between booksellers and their customers. Ranging from a slightly mangled book title to the craziest "what were you thinking???" encounters, the stories had this librarian chuckling, nodding in recognition and sometimes laughing out loud. Now I have to go look for the sequel!

asiriusreader Welcome to Litsy!! 2y
bell7 @asiriusreader thank you! 2y
Briary I used to work in bookshop while doing my degree and man these things do happen.. 😂 Jen Campbell's The Bookshop Book is also quite charming if you liked this one 😊 2y
bell7 @Briary I don't doubt it - I certainly have had some similar interactions at the library! I'll have to add "The Bookshop Book" to my TBR list. Thanks for the rec! 2y
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Aaronlisa
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Mehso-so

It was okay but I might have found it more amusing if I had worked in a bookstore or library. Read this last year.

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4thhouseontheleft
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Pickpick

Finished up this quick, hilarious little book about the silly things customers say in bookstores, while eating breakfast this morning.

Daughter: Dad, will you buy me that book?
Dad: Which book?
Daughter: 50 Shades of Grey
Dad: No!
Daughter: Please?
Dad: No!
Mom: I have it, I‘ll lend it to you.
Dad: (in the tone of one deeply betrayed) Why do you have it?
Mom: It was for the neighborhood book club.
Daughter: Nevermind.

😂😂😂

#booksandbreakfast

haileybean I love Jen Campbell! I have this book on my kindle and have had every intention of reading it. I read her short story collection and loved it so much. 2y
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OldVictorianQuill
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Customers were mean today, but I have a Captain Jack, so really, I win. #booksellerproblems #literarycats

Jess7 I‘m sorry they weren‘t nice! Hope you have a good book to read to take your mind off it! 2y
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arlenefinnigan
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Cinfhen This book must be hilarious 🤣😂🤣 2y
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eimear.reads
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Pickpick

"Customer: Do you have a restricted section?"

A nice, little read with some funny tales from bookshops. Some will make you want to ban some people from bookshops.

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YouReadMyEyes
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Found this at the bookstore this morning. I needed a good laugh! 😆😂😆

Customer: Do you have a copy of 1986?
Bookseller: 1986?
Customer: Yeah, Orwell.
Bookseller: Oh - 1984.
Customer: No, I‘m sure it‘s 1986; I‘ve always remembered it because it‘s the year I was born.
Bookseller: ...

I am sure the #Librarians and #Booksellers out there can relate 😂

#weirdthingscustomerssayinbookstores #humor #funny #lol

BruceWalken Yep little bit to close to my work life lol 2y
thereadingowlvina Sounds fun! 😁 2y
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Librariana
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🌟🌟🌟🌟/5
I never knew I could be equally delighted and dismayed by the contents of a book.

And then Jen Campbell came along to share many of the wildly perplexing and oftentimes amusing exchanges she and her fellow booksellers experienced with many memorable customers.

I chuckled, sighed, rolled my eyes, and HAD to read passages out loud to my husband because the wackiness was REAL, y'all.

Will definitely have to pick up the follow-up.

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