I feel a bit of an idiot.
This morning I checked my emails at work and saw one from an AbeBooks customer which read:
Hi, I'm interested in buying this book. Could you send me some photos of it and could you hold the book?
Why did he want me to hold the book? Was it so that he could get an idea of the book's size in relation to my hand, or was he some sort of freak who derived some weird gratification from making people perform pointless acts?
Within seconds I had visualised some sort of a rubber-clad gimp kneeling in front of their monitor, sending their perverse demands out into cyberspace.
I quickly got on my high horse and emailed a fairly pompous reply telling him that whilst I would gladly send images of the book, I would not be able to include ones of me holding it. Apart from anything, it would be difficult for me to hold a book and take a photograph at the same time.
An hour later he replied: Actually, I only meant could you reserve the book...