Get your Very Own Neander Gloat (VONG?) at Books-a-Million (maybe)

Stopped by the local BAM store to check out some travel books. Walking by the "Blowout Sale" bin, my eye caught a book titled "The Handplane Book" by Garrett Hack. It was the Hardcover edition and it was 7 bucks but 6 with my wife's discount card. Honest to Gosh, there are more planes and kind of planes than you can shake a stick at and this book is full of beautiful photos of hundreds of different types. Includes their history, how to tune them, their cutting geometry, how to buy them, modern makers and more. Did I mention beautiful photo's on every page? I'm no Neander, but I think this is a terrific book and a really great find at 6 or 7 dollars. Drop by your local BAM and see if they have a copy. I would have bought multiples at this price but they only had the one. Amazon sells the paperback for 11.00 and I just watched an ebay auction for the paperpack go for just under $20.00. Go figure, some people just don't comparison shop I guess. I've no idea how many copies other BAM stores may have, if any, but it's definitely worth a stop to see. Good luck!
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While I'm happy that you got a great deal on a fantastic book I despair somewhat that it was in the discount bin.
Hopefully the softcover version is still on the shelves at full price.
Oh yeah... You suck.
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Dave Balderstone wrote:

I wouldn't despair too much. I noticed a couple years ago that they had hardcover versions of that, I think Leonard Lee's sharpening book, and some other mainstay gottahave'em Taunton Press books at Christmas time. Presumably as special froofified gift editions. I've subsequently seen plenty of the regular paperback versions over the last couple years. I think it's fairly safe to assume that this is the case in the OP's situation too. B-a-M is just dumping the overpriced holiday stuff after it failed to sell.
Probably.
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Silvan says: "I wouldn't despair too much. I noticed a couple years ago that they had hardcover versions of that, I think Leonard Lee's sharpening book, and some other mainstay gottahave'em Taunton Press books at Christmas time. Presumably as special froofified gift editions. I've subsequently seen
plenty of the regular paperback versions over the last couple years. I
think it's fairly safe to assume that this is the case in the OP's situation too. B-a-M is just dumping the overpriced holiday stuff after it failed to sell.
Probably.
Books that are not sold can be returned to the publisher for credit. It's always a nice surprise for the writer to note the amounts under "Returns" on royalty statements. I imagine they try to unload them at or near cost first to save the handling hassle of shipping them back, though in the case of mass market paperbacks, the books tend to stay there with the covers ripped off (the covers are sent back to the publisher; the books is supposedly put out with the trash. That's where all those low priced coverless books you find at yard sales come from).
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So what is BAM? Barnes and Noble or Barnes and Mobile?
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Books-A-Million. Third largest book retailer in the US. Mainly concentrated in the deep South/Southeast, expanding north into Ohio/Ill and west towards Texas
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