Twenty-five thousand books
The number is almost inconceivable. But I can picture exactly what that looks like, having helped to unpack, inventory, and shelve a portion of those yesterday at the ASTD bookstore for our International Conference and Exposition. As I mentioned yesterday, there are also 10,000 Infolines, 1000 audio recordings, and 3000 logo items.
It takes two days to set up the bookstore and half a day to break it down. Picture a Barnes and Noble bookstore being completely created in two days and you have a good idea of how this works. At 17,000 square feet, the size is about the same.
This was my first experience helping out at the ASTD bookstore and I have to give mammoth kudos to the staff who do this every year. Especially this year, when the bookstore has doubled in size. If you're at the conference, stop by and see the store and the result of everyone's hard work. You won't be disappointed at the offerings!