Free books in Paris … Yes, books are being given away in Paris … !

Electronic books and sites like Amazon and Barnes & Noble have made publishing books easy. Or should I say easier especially as one can now publish one’s scribblings oneself. There is a downside to this in that millions of books are being published annually which means that as the reader’s choice is larger, it is […]

Books to help yourself to (cc Marilyn Z. Tomlins)

Books to help yourself to (cc Marilyn Z. Tomlins)

Electronic books and sites like Amazon and Barnes & Noble have made publishing books easy. Or should I say easier especially as one can now publish one’s scribblings oneself. There is a downside to this in that millions of books are being published annually which means that as the reader’s choice is larger, it is hard these days to make a living from writing. The J.K. Rowlings and Dan Browns are but few – very few.

Probably because of such a glut of books in some parks and public gardens around Paris books are being given away for free. The idea is to help oneself to a book. Some of the books have recently been published while others had been published as far back as the 1920s. I suppose there are people who set off with more than one book which I would describe as being ‘really horrible’, of ‘grabbing the hand when only a finger had been offered.’

I first came to such a free book offer in September when I visited a sculpture exhibition on the Ile de Nancy – Nancy Island – which is an island on the Seine and facing the town of Andrésy. You can read about Andrésy on my website here. Do read what I’d written because the town in itself is worth a visit!

Free books on Nancy Island (cc Marilyn Z. Tomlins)

Free books on Nancy Island (cc Marilyn Z. Tomlins)

The book I helped myself to is Jack London’s L’appel de la Foret.

picture cc Marilyn Z. Tomlins

(picture cc Marilyn Z. Tomlins)

 

I next came to such a free book offer in the park of the Chateaubriand Estate in the town of Châtenay-Malabry.

The Chateaubriand's house. (cc Marilyn Z. Tomlins)

The Chateaubriand’s house. (cc Marilyn Z. Tomlins)

The book I helped myself to this time is Arthur Koestler’s La Tour d’Ezra.

(Picture cc Marilyn Z. Tomlins)

(Picture cc Marilyn Z. Tomlins)

Yes, both books are the French translations. All the books on offer were in French. However, should I return to either Nancy Island or Châtenay-Malabry, now knowing about the free books, I will take copies of my books along to leave them behind. One good turn deserves another – a free book for a free book, in other words.

Meanwhile, there are many second-hand bookshops in Paris and some of them have a fixed price of 50 centimes for a book. Cheap cheap cheap: no wonder we writers are struggling to make a living …

Free books in the park of Chateaubriand's House (cc Marilyn Z. Tomlins)

Free books in the park of Chateaubriand’s House (cc Marilyn Z. Tomlins)

 

Nancy Island (cc Marilyn Z.Tomlins)

Nancy Island (cc Marilyn Z.Tomlins)

 

 

My books 2014

My books (cc Marilyn Z.Tomlins)

 

My books which you can see on the above photo are available only on the Amazon sites: to my great regret.

Marilyn Z. Tomlins

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