Independent stores are the best places to shop for books

What you need to know:

  • When I got to the spot where Adichie was, there were only four other African titles there. I had to go to the till and ask them to do a search.
  • The book I wanted had been there but was sold out. No idea when they would have one in stock. So I ended up picking two other titles to replace other misplaced copies.

In most South African bookstores, when a writer buys their work, they get an author’s discount that can range from ten to 20 percent. Why would anyone buy their own work? You may wonder. Is that not the ultimate mark of vanity? On the contrary. I tend to do it when I am with friends who may want a copy. My being there permits me to get them the book at a discounted rate.

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