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September 10, 2013

VILLAGE IDIOT: A giant book store where it's all free

Think about the last time you were in a giant chain bookstore, with its aisles of best-sellers, its huge children’s section, its walls of mysteries and rooms of romances. It’s got all the classics, along with stacks of photo and art books you can flip through, page-turners that will keep you up all night, books you will read through in one sitting, business books, self-help books, spiritual books, how-to books — something for everyone.

Picture that store and how much time you spent there, and how much money you spent when you left. Now, imagine if all the books in that store were free!

Every Danielle Steel novel, every David Baldacci and James Patterson thriller, everything ever written by Nora Roberts, Maeve Binchy, Tony Hillerman, Nevada Barr, Louis L’Amour and Alexander McCall Smith — absolutely free. All you have to do is pick out what you like, stick it under your arm and walk out the door. No buzzers go off, no security guard chases you down the street screaming, “Stop! Shoplifter!”

Have expensive tastes? Crave that $65 unabridged audiobook of the new J.K. Rowling? Want to listen to it in your car on your way to work, but haven’t got the scratch? Want to hear the new Jack Reacher thriller or the “Game of Thrones” series before you see it on TV? Take it, it’s yours. Thanks, buh-bye. Come back again soon.

Sick of reading the same old wormy bedtime story to Junior over and over and over and over and over? The free bookstore stocks hundreds of newly published children’s books each year. Got a Harry Potter fan in your house? The free bookstore has a young adult section with hundreds of fresh, new stories as modern as an iWatch. Walk in, grab what you like, walk out. Why not? They’re free.

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