The Book Thief

Books by Charles Bukowski, Jack Kerouac, Paul Auster, William S. Burroughs, and Don DeLillo are frequently stolen from bookstores, but Melville House’s Claire Kelley reports that the books most likley to be stolen from a library are books about “pregnancy care, dream interpretation and witchcraft.” Also, books by Stephen King. Stealing from libraries is particularly sad because the books are free to check out with a library card, and yet it happens.

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bgprincipessa (#699)

When I was in HS and worked at my local library, I remember a friend of my bf’s at the time confessing to me once that he had stolen a book from the library. But he was kind of proud of it? And I was like “oh… that’s cool… you know they’re free to borrow right..?” and he was like “No, it was one of those ones on the buy shelf” (a small sample of books we didn’t need in our collection anymore). At that point I’m just like awesome, you cheated the library out of 50 cents. Congrats. Please stop talking to me now.

This story is odd though! I wonder if the person is genuinely confused about how libraries work?

@bgprincipessa The book thief was placing the book jackets on the shelves, so sadly no – they knew.

I do feel badly for whoever was desperate enough to take the pregnancy book.

bgprincipessa (#699)

@polka dots vs stripes But that’s what I think is strange about it! Why do that? Do you think they wanted to let people know the book was gone? Or that they thought that would make it more identifiable? Or that the book jackets would have sensors? Honestly I am confused by it because I have never seen library book jackets that were easy to remove.

@bgprincipessa Not being a book thief, I couldn’t tell you, buuut if I were to, I’d go the sensor route? Although I’ve seen sensors inside the hard cover, so I don’t know. People are odd.

cawcawphony (#2,990)

And of course, I made the mistake of reading the comments on the library article. They really aren’t that bad, but someone said the library needs a better accounting system because nobody noticed 275 books stolen per month.

Oh, we notice. There’s just nothing we can do. If a book isn’t where it’s supposed to be, anyone could have taken it. It’s not like we can search every backpack and purse and stroller. If we catch someone, great. Otherwise we have to chalk it up to the cost of offering the public free materials.

Caitlin with a C (#3,578)

I have no actual comment on this article; I just want to say on the title that http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Book_Thief is a really good book.

bgprincipessa (#699)

@Caitlin with a C yes!! haha, those were my first thoughts as well.

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