"Officially Dormant," oh noes!


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"Officially Dormant," oh noes!

jan 3, 2011, 4:49pm

Hello, any Austinites who may still see this,

Is this group really most sincerely dead? I hope not. I'm JesterKat, I just moved to Austin last summer, and I have a sprawling book collection that I have not updated here since I first joined LibraryThing in 2006. Since then I've gotten rid of some, acquired many more (of course), and inherited a ton from my mother. Updating is going to take a while.

I live near the North Lamar Half-Price Books, which is terribly dangerous. I'm near BookWoman too, but I haven't been in there yet.

*tap*tap* Is this thing on? *crickets*

jan 8, 2011, 7:14pm

Hi there, JK

This particular Group does seem to be ignored. Not sure why, there are ~dozens~ of members in the Austin area, but nobody seems to want to get that warm, fuzzy feeling of camaraderie with someone they might actually run into.

The No. Lamar HPB is a great store.

jan 19, 2011, 5:08pm

Hello JesterKat and WholeHouseLibrary (I resemble that name!). I happen to be close to the S Lamar Half-Price books but I'm so full of books that it hasn't been much of a temptation lately.

jan 19, 2011, 11:30pm

Yaaaay, people are here! Woohoo! Let's put on a show! rooney>


Okay, that was it, really. ;-)

jan 19, 2011, 11:38pm

Yes, it was; but in Austin, who would notice?

jan 22, 2011, 8:22pm

The little activity level meter on the right-hand side of the group page shows three bars, which makes me wonder what it takes to get down to zero.

jan 22, 2011, 9:39pm

I suspect it's something along the line of: Be one of the thousands of Groups that have been created over the past year (or 4) and have no activity past the first week.

jan 22, 2011, 9:50pm

I lived in Austin for about 8 years. I lived just a few blocks from the North Lamar store. I can remember the torture I was going through waiting for that darn place to open! lol

mar 2, 2011, 4:54pm

OK, I'm in. I have been on Librarything for a few months, but I just found this group. I have since been spending all of my time with the Easton Press Collectors group and didn't realize the other gems of groups that exist on this site. As an Austinite and book collector / bargain hunter, I am all for the revitalization of this group. I hope you welcome me into this community within our community and look forward to getting to know you.

As an Easton Press & other leather bound works collector, I am always on the hunt for bargains on the shelves. I scavenge HPB stores on a weekly basis, but find slim pickings. I have not been to the HPB on N. Lamar. Have any of you noticed much of a selection of leather bound works there?

mar 2, 2011, 5:03pm

I lived in Austin for almost 20 years, and have being frequenting HPB for even longer. I'd reminisce about when HPB occupied that wonderfully rickety two-story space on Lavaca, but then I'd really be dating myself.

I happened to leave Austin just a couple of years before they moved the HPB from Guadalupe up to the old Randall's on Lamar. Being that I lived within easy walking distance of that place, I'm glad I left when I did, or I'd be a pauper now!

(BTW, last year my dream came true, and HPB opened a store on Camelback here in Phoenix. This one is only a couple of miles, if that, from my house. So one way or the other, they continue to drain my so-called "disposable" income.)


mar 2, 2011, 8:35pm

Back in '95, the building that HBP and Goodwill occupies was a grocery store. I was a contractor computer programmer back then, and was writing some software enhancements for a client that occupied some space in one of the buildings to the south. For lunch, I'd walk over to the grocery store, and head back to the deli counter, and they'd make a great sandwich for me, and I'd pick up a small bottle of milk. It was the closest throwback I'd ever experienced to working in NYC and going to the corner deli.

End of contract; no reason to be in the area; forgot about it. Flash forward to 2002 - MrsHouseLibrary makes jewelry (sort of a hobby) and she and I decided to take a class in glass bead making - at a shop less than 2 blocks from where I had done that contract. The glass shop has since relocated. But when we arrived - imagine how anxious we were for the class to be over and done with! There was a new (for us) HPB - and it's really BIG! - not as big as the one in Dallas, but substantially large, none the less.

I told you all of that to tell you this: As you enter the front door, directly in front of you, in the back of the store, where the deli counter used to be, is the section for special, rare and signed books. I've spent days - cumulatively, hours at a time - in there. Three of the books I own came from that section. They have a LOT of EP books there.

mar 3, 2011, 9:16am

>11 WholeHouseLibrary:
Thank you sir. I'll spend some time there on Monday.

mar 17, 2011, 9:11am

I hope we are not all dead..... I love Half-Price books but the one store I could easily get sucked into is Bookpeople. They manage to grab the best authors for instore promotions and are a really nice group of people. Hopefully you have been welcomed before this but if not- welcome to Austin! We love our books! If you want to read something that deals with Austin/Texas history I would recommend Steven Saylor's A Twist At the End and Steven Harrigan's Gates of the Alamo.

okt 7, 2020, 7:20pm

Just joined this group--anyone else still around/active on LibraryThing?

nov 18, 2020, 9:10am

>14 JacobHolt: JacobHolt,
Thanks for dusting off this old thread. We don't seem to have much interaction between Austinites on LibrayThing. What brings you here?

nov 19, 2020, 12:19pm

>14 JacobHolt: Hi Jacob! As you see, this is an on-the-cusp-of a-ten-year-old thread.
Not much has changed as far as he lack of camaraderie in what was once hailed as "the most book-reading city in Texas." Maybe that hyperbole should have been "book-buying." My late wife and I did our part -- even had seven custom-designed bookshelves made (one set would remind you of the fascia of a pipe organ chamber), plus a dictionary stand. And they're all full. Haven't read over half of them -- yet.
Priorities change; I've bought one new book in the past four years and haven't read it yet. Two. Make that two books, and one is only half-read, and not touched in the past two years, at least.
And now with this pandemic, well, it seems unlikely things will change until after there's a wide-spread vaccination done.
I used to be a member of this group, but left LT entirely for a couple of years; didn't think to rejoin it when I came back, mostly because it's a group of nonparticipants. I ran a writing group for about eight years; had over five hundred members. I spent a few months contacting each more-than-a-year no-shows and ended up removing 90% of the membership. Then, admission to the group was dependent on actually coming to a meeting within the first month of joining. It worked well. I left the group a few years ago. They're back up over five hundred members, with less than a dozen active. I imagine that if I "owned" this group, and closed it, no one would notice it.