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    Re: $5 celestial navigation books at your library
    From: David C
    Date: 2021 Sep 4, 19:30 -0700

    Frederick wrote

    I'm bummed that I can't find old navigation books in my local used book stores anymore. 

    I have several comments. Until a few years ago I could walk into a local secondhand book shop and find at least one, some times more than one, copy of Nories tables. That is why I have six editions of Norie! Today technical books of any sort have become rare. The booksellers seem to treat them the same as old computer manuals i.e. of no value or interest.

    It is possible that navigation books have become scarce  because as ancient mariners (or book collectors) die their relatives simply toss the books out. I know that my wife does not understand the value (I am not talking in money terms) of my collection. When I join Polly Parrot and become bereft of life [1] will my books be sold to a local book shop for $20 as a bulk lot or even binned?

    When I enter a second hand bookshop I very quickly scan the spines of the  books on the shelves without reading the titles. A navigation book will stand out and I can confirm its content by picking the book up reading the title. This is not possible in the annoyong bookshops that place books in shelves and then place piles of books in front of the shelves.

    [1] By coincidence my wife has just told me that a repeat of Monty Python is on TV at this very moment. I must go and watch.....

       
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