What will books look like in the future? Will people still read? Will people even exist
We’re absolutely thrilled to report that we now have conclusive evidence that humans will endure! So, too, will books!
Earlier this week a Powell’s used book buyer, who has requested anonymity due to the sensitive nature of this information, received a box of books from a mysterious patron wearing an iridescent jumpsuit. “She had these amazing cheekbones and smelled like caramel!” remarked our used book buyer. “And I think she was in a hurry. She kept checking her holo-watch.”
It became obvious rather quickly that this strange customer was a time-traveler and that she wished to sell us some books from the future.
“The books were all published hundreds of years from now!” our employee proclaimed. “And the paper felt elastic. Each page had a new scent — vanilla-caramel, chocolate-caramel, bacon-caramel, broccoli-caramel. People in the future really seem to like caramel.”
Pricing the books was a challenge, but luckily the time-traveler wasn’t interested in haggling. “Obviously none of the books were in our system,” our employee noted. “But it was clear they were special. I offered her a fair price, and she bowed stoically in acceptance.”
When asked whether she wanted cash or store credit, the visitor used a form of telepathic communication to reply. “I wasn’t sure if I imagined it at first,” said our employee. “But the word ‘CΓξÐ¡τ’ echoed through my head, pronounced with the most peculiar accent. While my inner dialogue does take on an accent sometimes, it’s usually a jaunty Irish brogue. This was different.”
After receiving a voucher for the books, we’re sad to report that the time-traveler headed for the door. On her way out, she did stop to browse some featured titles (Imagine Me Gone
, In Search of Lost Time
, Esther the Wonder Pig
) but opted not to use her store credit. Curiously, our accounting records show the voucher was redeemed in May of 1998!
We’d now like to share this amazing book acquisition with you
, our devoted customers. We hope you enjoy this special viewing as much as our staff did (see comments below). Behold: the future in 18 books!
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