Nowadays, books hit the market at the rate of over 2000 titles a week. Unlike baked beans, loaves of bread or Fuji apples, books, once consumed, do not disappear. Despite political legend, they are extremely hard to burn. Books more properly deserve the label ‘consumer durables’ than refrigerators or cars. Most books look better after seventy years than their owners. Certainly after a hundred they do. ‘Consumer imperishables’ might be the more accurate term.
John Sutherland, How to Read a Novel. A User’s Guide, Profile Books, London, 2007, pag. 59.
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