Mackenzie Reid browses books in the Dunedin Public
Libraries' book sale yesterday. Photo by Craig Baxter.
Books are still very much alive and well, judging from
the hundreds of people who swarmed into the Dunedin Public
Libraries' latest bargain sale yesterday.
A queue about 20m long had formed outside by the time the
library's annual three-day sale - held at the central library
car park - began at 4pm.
It was frantic inside as bargain-hunters made their choices
and headed away with their treasures.
Billed as the library's ''Biggest Bargain Basement Book
Sale'', the annual sale helped create much-needed space on
the library shelves for new books, music and movies, and was
hugely popular, library organisers said.
Dunedin Public Libraries head of collection services Linda
Geddes has been involved with the sale for more than 20
years. The preparations involved hard work, but the sale
itself was ''just fun really''.
''People do get excited about a book sale,'' she added.
Among the bargain-hunters was University of Otago student and
''keen reader'' Mikhaila Howse (20). She enjoyed the sale and
''it's nice that it's supporting the library,'' she added.
Ms Geddes said that over the past two years the library had
also made ebooks available to its readers, and about 1000 a
month were downloaded by library users.
Although ebooks were becoming more popular, the main demand
from library users was for traditional printed books, and
''there's no evidence that the book is dying'', she said.
The book sale involved about 30,000 items, including CDs,
DVDs and magazines at bargain prices.
The sale continues from 10am to 4pm today and from 10am to