The Life Unwired with Ben Combee (unwiredben) wrote,
The Life Unwired with Ben Combee

Saddest Sight for a Literate Guy

If you want a real bargain on a bunch of books that you probably wouldn't be reading unless you got a real deal, head to the outlet mall in Dalton, Georgia. After over a decade of operation, the Book Warehouse is closing, and they're liquidating their inventory. I first saw this before Christmas when all hardbacks and audio books were $4 and paperbacks were $2. Yesterday, my sister and I stopped in, and we found their prices slashed again to $2 and $1 respectively.

I admit that I picked up quite a few books. We'll see just how easy it will be to get them back to Austin. Among the new treasures that I might find time to read in the new year (and leaving out the ones I picked up to give as gifts to a few friends...):

While I like bargains, when this store closes, it will leave Dalton with only one bookstore (AFAIK), a pretty tiny "Bookland" at Walnut Square Mall. When I was growing up, the mall could support both a Bookland and a Waldenbooks, but those days seem to be in the past.

While on this trip, I've been busy with another book, one I ordered straight from the publisher, Bill Kunkel's "Confessions of the Game Doctor". I'm about a third through right now, but I'll probably finish it today. It's a gonzo account of the early days of video games, told by one of the founders of the first video game magazine, "Electronic Gaming". There's a lot of details about the business, and even a rather funny description of the failed 1982 World's Fair in Knoxville, Tennessee. There's even some legal intrigue as Bill gets to be an expert witness at some of the landmark video game trials (it amazing what Atari would sue about, back in the day). Based on what I've read so far, I'd gladly recommend this to anyone interested in the history of gaming.
Tags: books, travel
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