Bay area hipster Jeremy Potter, 23, claims he has been going to the library for years and reading print materials way before anyone else.
"Man, I was all about going to the Hot Topic, then rolling to the 'brary for some Encyclopedia Brown when I was a kid," Potter said, "When I grew up I did all the Dickens, Shakespeare and Kaufka then everyone was reading them. I went back to my roots, a little underground industry called graphic novels. Then it was like everyone was getting them. So now I've gone really underground, back to the roots, a little guy named Gutenberg, maybe you heard of him. He made his own Bible."
|"Yeah, everybody reads them, but I think they're cool. I guess," said Potter.|
Potter showed off his vintage collection of books he's been collecting for the last 10 years:
|The shelf is of a bygone era.|
"Yeah, the top shelf is all about the old school comics. There's some Ultimate Spider-Man, Batman, Powers, Scott Pilgrim. Yeah, I got the rabbit guarding those. (laughs)
Then the next shelf is all Dresden Files and Christopher Moore. I don't really read them now that there are so many of them, but they look good with the decor.
Finally, there's just a hodge podge of stuff at the bottom. Some Stephen King next to Dave Barry next to Wicked. That's before they made that musical on Broadway, bee tee dub. It was a book, man."
Potter claims he got a lot of the items from the used book sale at the public library. The public library, a place many use to download ebooks, access wifi, and use public access computers, also collects print materials. The print materials, once a popular medium, are being sold off wholesale as they become redundant to the digital formats now owned by the library.
"You can get some good sh** there," Potter says, "Sometimes I take some books back and trade them for older ones. It was a groovy place till all the norms found out about it."