When Your Book is Booked...
|Your one book is in here somwhere...|
It would seem, however, that an alarming amount of tenacity is required even when obtaining goods for free -- that you cannot keep. The other day, your humble narrator logged into the San Francisco Public Library webpage to put a hold on Bill Bryson's newest release, At Home: A Short History of Private Life.
You can imagine my joy when the transaction was completed and I was informed that I had hold No. 189 on the system's one copy of the book.
Doing the math, if every reader held onto the book for three weeks and the next one picked it up promptly when his or her turn came up -- and no one ran off to the Bahamas and purloined the tome -- I'd be getting the book in just shy of 11 years.
Thankfully, the library has obtained many more copies of Bryson's book since that time. I now have hold No. 189 -- of 203 -- on the first returned of 42 copies.
Incidentally, while 42 copies -- and growing -- of At Home is a lot, it's nowhere near how many volumes of other high-demand books the library has stocked. For instance, the system has 233 copies of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows; 10 large print copies, and 10 more on CD. There's also Harry in Chinese, French, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.
Accio Book, indeed.
SF Weekly has queried the library what book it has the most copies of. We'll keep you posted.