Now, having been in the publishing business, I really can't fault a bookstore for wanting to charge cover price for a book. That is, after all, what the book "officially" goes for. And, lord knows, back when I was a P.R. exec making a six-figure income I would buy books by the boxload at cover price, either from local stores or directly from the publishers, so I know that there are people out there for whom "paying retail" is not an issue. However, these days, the concept of buying a book at anywhere near cover price is a stretch for me ... and is reserved for situations of desperate need and not "casual browsing"!
So, I was thrilled to dig out a copy of noted cartoonist Gahan Wilson's "The Cleft and Other Tales" when plowing through the store's outdoor clearance tables. This $14.95 cover price book had been marked down to $3.99 previously, and was out for clearance at a mere $1.99 ... such a deal!, right? Well, the "look gift horse in mouth" circuit should have been operating, as when I picked this up the other day, I found that it started on page 33 ... and then repeated 33-64 after the first page 64 ... a clear sign of a bindery mis-hap (that the second "signature" had been collated twice, sending the first one off into some void ... or some other unfortunate copy of the book).
Oh, well ... I guess sometimes "you get what you pay for" ... it's just that hitting a mis-printed book is such a rare occasion for me that I thought I'd make note ... and remind myself to maybe take a bit more observant flip-through when looking at books on "clearance" tables!