Thursday, March 26, 2009

For Those Who Like Book-Buying with an Edge

Memorial Library, UW-Madison (1954)

Link to March 26 Wisconsin State Journal article, "Book hounds hunt for steals at University of Wisconsin-Madison book sale".

At precisely 5 p.m. on Wednesday at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Memorial Library, the state’s largest book sale began with a rush of customers as quick as the wind off Lake Mendota. Several dozen patrons — some of whom are book dealers from as far away as Tennessee and had been waiting since 7 a.m. — clawed at more than 15,000 used books.

"It’s like opening the cages to the zoo and letting the animals out," said Beth Kuply of event sponsor Friends of UW-Madison Libraries.

Kuply laughed, but it’s not far from the truth. At the twice-a-year, four-day book sale, the opening-night, $5 preview sale brings out the most aggressive buyers. Still, the sale continues through Saturday, and plenty of quality books will remain for readers looking for a bargain.

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