But that’s the great thing about libraries: They don’t make those judgement calls — nor should they. If it’s in the zeitgeist, it should be in the library.

Except that they do. Go to your local library and say to the librarian there, “what should I read next?” And they’ll tell you. I’d wager few would suggest Fifty Shades before many, many other titles.

So, on the one hand, it’s not for librarians to decide what they offer. On the other, it is for them to suggest what you should read. And buying a lot of copies of something is a way of doing that.


There are a few things in this article that I disagree with, but it’s these three paragraphs that are at the crux of it. There’s an abrupt segue here where collection development is suddenly equated to readers’ advisory, and I am not okay with that, because that assumption forms the basis for much of the rest of the article. Buying a lot of copies of something can be a way to suggest a book—but that does not mean that it does

I’d argue that, when it comes to the finite book budgets of libraries across the nation, good collection development is occasionally at loggerheads with good readers’ advisory, and this is one of those times. Good collection development involves being responsive to the requests of the community, whatever you or any other interested observer thinks of the legitimacy of those requests. Good readers’ advisory involves being well-read, keeping recommended books in the library, and, incidentally, answering the question “what should I read next?” not just with a book handed across the counter, but with a conversation and a list of titles that very probably are not related to the librarian’s personal reading habits. 

When a situation like this leads to a tie, in the sense that you’ve got X dollars and you have to figure out the best way to spend it, my feeling is that the tie should go to the patron. It’s not our money. It’s their money, and we are the stewards of it. When I see people say, “Well, I wouldn’t spend $23k that way,” I feel they’re missing the point. Personally, if I had $23k to spend on books, I’d buy 23,000 copies of Stoner by John Williams and use them to construct a small hut in the middle of the Library, where I would take power naps throughout the day, and occasionally throw a dance party. But I don’t have that money; the Library does, and it was given to us by our patrons, who as a result ought to have some say in how it is spent.

We are trusted to spend that money on books that we have professionally evaluated and decided should be in the collection, but we are also trusted to provide items that people are asking for. If demand is high enough for a book that in a system of over half a million cardholders, 300 ebooks are needed to meet it, then that’s where the rubber meets the road in the library business, as my boss would say. 

I appreciate that this attitude resonates with Greenfield, but it does more than resonate with me—it is my attitude, and it is how I do my job. (Not just because I actually believe it, by the way, though I do—but also because the collection development policy of my workplace requires it.) Ebooks being accessible in public libraries is a complex issue. There are many ways to improve it, and I agree that libraries will need to change a few things in the process, but it’s beyond the reach of very simple advice.

4 passos fáceis para uma sinopse irresistível

»» versão do artigo “4 Easy Steps To An Irresistible Book Blurb”, escrito por Beth Bacon, publicado em 09/12/2014 no Digital Book World «« A sinopse. A descrição na quarta capa do livro. A sobrecapa. Independente de como você chama a sinopse do livro, é um elemento importante da sua plataforma de divulgação. Como criar…

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I think many of us still suffer from the delusion that the cool kids sit in the back. This is not the case at conferences. If it’s a session you’re really excited about, make sure to get a seat close to the front. This isn’t to score proverbial brownie points, it’s more to be prepared for human error. Sometimes there aren’t enough microphones, or a panelist just talks softly. Be the cool kid that sits up front and hears everything correctly.

A Trendsetter’s Guide to Conferences | Publishing Trendsetter

Getting ready for BEA? I wrote a piece about getting the most of attending a conference, particularly as a young person, after DBW 2014, and I think it’s about time to bust it out again. It may not be the sagest wisdom of all time, but there’s some wisdom here.


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Our Ebook Future | The Digital Shift:

The reading ecosystem is evolving fast, even as you read this. Facing the rapid transition to ebooks together, rather than in isolated camps, librarians, publishers, authors, and readers can ensure that we meet our missions on all fronts. This series of conversations is a start, aspiring to illuminate the issues and opportunities by placing librarians and publishers at the same table. The personalities here range from Random House’s Madeline McIntosh, who stresses a commonality between publishers and librarians, to HarperCollins’s Josh Marwell, who strives to emphasize openness, to Melville House’s Dennis Johnson, who illuminates the indie perspective.

Пририсуй клыки Амазон.ком

Что хорошо в писателях? что они способны придумывать метафоры, которые работают сами по себе, не требуя поддержки со стороны, скажем, здравого смысла или делового обихода. При этом, понятное дело, метафора может оправдывать примерно что угодно.

Вот, например, мужчина Бред Стоун написал книжку про Амазон и назначил себя главным в мире амазоноведом и бизосологом (это - вдруг кому-нибудь надо объяснять - от фамилии вождя, гендира и мажоритарного владельца Amazon.com Джеффа Бизоса).

Амазон сейчас шпыняют по всем фронтам: обрушиваются на него с разумными и неразумными судебными исками, стыдят в национальной и международной прессе, обвиняют то в демпинге, то в непомерной жадности. Если бы не ужас простого конспирологически одаренного американца перед всезнанием Гугла, империей зла был бы Амазон.

Ну и кем был бы мужчина Стоун, если бы не присоединился к своему возбужденному народу? Сердце его - не камень. Он выходит на трибуну конференции Digital Book World и говорит: Амазон, словно хищник, подкрадывается к бедным крошкам-издателям. Он выискивает средь них больную антилопу и вонзает в нее что попало. До чего доходит! некоторые издательства хотели бы вести себя по свински, но Амазон им не товарищ: убирает прямо-таки кнопку “купить”, пока не договорятся. А другим перестает оказывать бесплатную маркетинговую поддержку, и они валятся на колени, как подкошенные

Слеза накатывает, хочется прям всех обнять бедных крошек и обжалеть с ног до головы. 

Понятно, что в ближнем будущем анти-амазоновская ассоциация будет объединяться и крепчать. Очевидно, на Амазон уже вот-вот начнут всерьез натравливать государство (в его анти-монопольной или другой ипостаси). И так же очевидно, что если кто и набрасывает хотя бы приблизительные очертания книжного рынка завтрашнего дня - так это именно Амазон. 

Can We Get The Assyrians to Speak at DBW Next Year?

“Our earth is degenerate in these latter days; there are signs that the world is speedily coming to an end; bribery and corruption are common; children no longer obey their parents; every man wants to write a book and the end of the world is evidently approaching,”

-attributed to an Assyrian stone tablet of about 2800 B.C.