After donating some unwanted books to Oxfam Books I found four books that looked worth buying. The Burglar Who Studied Spinoza by Lawrence Block, I chose just for its title!
The others were Michael Lewis’s Flash Boys, Dexter Filkins’s The Forever War – Dispatches from the War on Terror, and Philip Andrews’s The Digital Photography Manual. Some great finds.
And whilst in the mood I bought Adam Greenfield’s Radical Technologies: The Design of Everyday Life from Waterstones.
Browsing the shelves in Oxfam I noticed a couple of volunteers who were going through each book and turning the occasional book on its side. I asked why they were doing this (no one had ever asked before!) and it turns out to be to do with stock rotation. I think there was a number sticker on the books which indicated some sort of rotation period / cycle (I didn’t enquire) so that on identifying a book to be rotated (with another Oxfam store) the book was turned on its side and I presume removed from the shelf in due course. It’s good to know that the books on display are refreshed / rotated.