Friday, April 20, 2012

A strange fate for an author?

I always wonder what the Swedish authors think that see their unsold hardcover books being bought in bulk by IKEA to populate their showcase interiors at IKEA stores worldwide. This photo is from Baltimore, and here they are, Swedish editions and duplicates of Inger Alfven's books, foot after foot of shelf space. Sometimes the books they display are quite good and interesting, and maybe they just put a foreign language out there so nobody will steal them since they are useless to someone that doesn't know Swedish? Does this mean that they have books in Tamil on their bookshelves at IKEA stores in Sweden? I don't know... But, does Inger Alfven know that her books are on hundreds of IKEA bookshelves in USA, and what do you think she thinks about that?

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