When I went to China in the fall, I found some interesting books to bring home.
Here is an orange book I know nothing about, except it is stab bound, and in a cardboard sleeve. It has funky orange fabric on it. I bought it an excellent bookstore in Shanghai on a street filled with art stores and some book stores.
I found this book in their upstairs gallery space. It was 150 yuen, which I figured was around $25, which I thought I was a fair price. When I went to purchase it, a man was astounded that I was buying it, claiming, “even Chinese people have trouble reading these books”. I said, “I thought it was a journal”, because I really did, I was too timid to open it up and see what was inside. The sales clerk quickly swiped my credit card and felt like I had just been taken for a ride.
At the hotel room I opened it up and was very pleased what was inside. It is cheap paper, yes, and not a very elegant book, and of course I will never be able to read it, but I like the pictures and I like how it looks which is why I bought it. See for yourself: