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More evidence that $25 for a hardcover book is really a bargain. I’ve always maintained that dollar-for-dollar, books are the best entertainment value going. Now Carol Fitzgerald, over at Book Reporter, has done the math.

Memo to Eliot Spitzer

If you spent the $4,300 you were alleged to have spent on the night of February 13th on books, you could have bought 172 hardcover books at an average price of $25.

If, as rumored, you spent $80,000 on escort services over the past decade, you could have bought 3,200 hardcover books at an average price of $25.

If you bought the books in state, none would have had to cross state lines to get to you.

If you bought them online, they may have crossed state lines and yes, you may not have paid tax, but it still would be legal.

These books could have been about sex. There are at least 172 books about sex. I am sure there also are 3,200. If these books were trade paperbacks, double this number.

If you did this, you still would be governor.

Just something to ponder.

Read first over at Shelf Awareness.