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National Bookstore Selling Books From Libraries?

Last weekend, I found myself in Greenbelt, a place which I hadn't visited in ages. The time spent there reminded me that it is good to get out of my cave every now and then.

I did, however, meet a surprise when I went to National Bookstore. Of course, the first thing that caught my eye was the display in the middle:
That takes me back to my days in university when I would go to the main National Bookstore in Cubao to scour an entire floor with books for 10 pesos (less than $0.50). When I took a closer look at the books on sale, though, I was truly horrified. See those tags on the spine? What do they remind you of?
Take a closer look yourself.

See the label "Free Library of Philadelphia"?

I don't know, but if I had seen these labels on books in a library, I wouldn't be surprised. From grade school to high school to uni - school libraries always had books donated from American sources. The question that bugs me is why is National Bookstore selling these books?

I might be wrong, but it seems that these books were donated for some other use. :S


  1. That is rather horrifying, although I honestly prefer to see these library books somewhat salvaged because when old library books don't get donated, or if nobody wants to buy them from the library itself, they'll get thrown in the dumpster. Yes, I've seen a bunch of library books in an industrial trash bin once or twice, and it's quite heartbreaking!

  2. I was truly horrified! I don't know - they might have a good reason, but it still didn't make me feel good. I mean, there will always be libraries, schools, and people needing books in the Philippines! About the dumpster - awful! Imagine the countless people all over the world who rarely get to touch books. Tsk tsk.


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