In the beginning of their business lives, then, the men who are attracted to the book trade in both of its great branches – bookselling and publishing – are naturally, for the most part, men who love books. There are exceptions. There are publishers and booksellers who would really be a great deal happier if they kept a pair of scales on the counter and sold the stuff by weight. But we will not bother at present about grocers who have taken the wrong turning. We, here, are a society of book men. We are in, or connected with, the book trade because we love books, and though we are under the regrettable necessity of making money out of them, and though the more money we so make the better pleased we are, we would most of us rather be making a moderate competence out of books than a fortune (shall I say?) out of soap.
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