Friday, October 9, 2009

Book News, In Brief

Let's start things off with a list: Flashlight Worthy's 6 Children's Books Grownups Will Love. (And just cuz I'm contrary: 1 Children's Book No Child Would Want.)

According to The Guardian UK's "fabulously unscientific poll," 1 out of 5 people are interested in purchasing an e-reader. Factor in the fact that only 2 out of 4 people regularly buy books, and we bookstores are are looking at a definite dip in dollars.

With a third of the UK's libraries facing the chopping block, a group of limey librarians have come up with a set of Guidelines for Libraries. Among the basic necessities are accessible locations, opening hours customized to local needs, and regularly refreshed print, audio-visual and online resources.

The Huffington Post knows how to help get folks back into their neighborhood bookstores -- by posting an article complaining about the price of books! While I agree that $30 hardcovers are a luxury item only affordable to the literate elite, did they really need to announce it to the world? I mean, isn't there a Republican they could be bashing?

Hoping to help out their fellow booksellers, The Bookshop Blog has put up a piece detailing How To Take Advantage of Used Book Sales. We added used books to our inventory a little over a year ago, and (with the exception of wackos coming in with incomplete collections of cat pee-scented encyclopedias) it's been great!