A slightly of the slighties damaged book stays a book

A ruck. A crease!


I’m a bookseller. I have this conversation daily :

– Do you have another one?
– Let me check (beeep). No. Why, do you need a second one?
– No, but this one is slightly creased.
– Where?
– Here.
– Ohhh…

And, well, you need a microscope to see it.

A flaw.



“But you know, I’m a little obsessive about these things”, etc…

(This for a pocket book which’ll be destroyed in a backpack next week, or brokenspined in the sand on its belly two days later)

Think about it a minute. Isn’t it… Isn’t the importance of a book in the flow of words you’ll read in it?

In fact, it’s horrible : No book has zero flaw. NONE. It’s a living thing. Like you. You have flaws too. These little wrinkles, awweeee…

Let me ask wiki :

A book is a series of pages assembled for easy portability and reading, as well as the composition contained in it. The most common modern form of book is a codex volume consisting of rectangular paper pages bound on one side, with a heavier cover and spine, so that it can fan open for reading.


– But you know… I’m…
– OK, I order another one for you.
– Thank you!

By the way, what’s this book about?


Have a nice day!








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