Johnathon Letham on Used Bookstores

I grew up working in used bookstores. I don’t even really like new books. I want books to be old and to have this weird talismanic property where they’ve had different owners, and they convey a sense of history. When my first novel came out, I asked the designers to make it look like a used book, which some people thought was brilliant, although some bookstores opened their boxes and returned them to the publisher because they thought they had gotten a damaged shipment.


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