15,000 Books Can’t Be Wrong

South Dakota Historical Society Press

Every Monday morning we at the SDSHS Press meet around our common table to review schedules, make plans, synchronize watches, etc. When the right moment arrives, director Nancy Tystad Koupal will announce, “Let’s do the numbers,” and accounting assistant Lisa Nold offers us a couple of sheets showing our sales and inventory for the year.

This Monday, two things made the morning meeting remarkable. First, Lisa passed around not only the figures, but also homemade M&M-oatmeal cookies (we’re all foodies here). Second, the numbers were rather astounding. We have a record-breaker here: with one month left to go in 2012, we have already sold fifteen thousand books on South Dakota’s history this year.

Fifteen thousand. 15,000. That’s a lot of books. How many books is that? If the average weight of our books is one pound (and it prett’ near is), that’s seven and a half tons of books. If…

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