I finally saw the new Michael Burlingame biography Abraham Lincoln: A Life in Border’s yesterday. It’s hefty, but was sealed in shrink-wrap. I know many folks would rip that plastic off the slipcase to get a look at the books, figuring if the store puts them on display they want you to look at them. I just couldn’t bring myself to do it. I have mine on order from Amazon – it lists for $125 and was discounted to $82.88 when I ordered it. Shipping was free, and I cashed in some credit card bonus points for a $50 Amazon gift card, so the whole 9.3 lb book cost me about $33. But it won’t ship until the second week of February at the earliest. Have any of you read or at least flipped through the book?
I’ve got to add that I’ve not seen the book in Barnes & Noble. I think that carrying this book in inventory at a retail outlet is probably not a good business decision, and perhaps explains why Borders is doing so poorly. But then, maybe they only had it because they got screwed on a special order.