The Library World Volume 10, Nos. 13-24

The Library World Volume 10, Nos. 13-24

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1908 edition. Excerpt: ...biography, etc., would be side by side in related groups, irrespective of publishers, and nothing would be sold. Each visitor would pay for his catalogue if he wanted one, and would go to his own bookseller to buy what he chose. No publisher would have any prominence over his neighbour by having a gaudier or more attractive show-case, but all would be on a footing of absolute equality. Books should remain on exhibition for six months, and to secure their automatic removal dated cards or slips could be kept, in addition to the catalogue, as a kind of chronological guide to the custodian. Here then would be a book exhibition of value to publishers, booksellers and all kinds of book-buyers, which would speedily raise the whole work of book-selection to a science and in time supersede the present clumsy and ineffectual methods. Without reflecting in any way upon the average bookseller, the fact remains that it is impossible for any firm, save perhaps the largest wholesale house, to carry more than a meagre selection from the multitude of new books. The attention of the retail bookseller is confined to books that sell rather than those that might sell if displayed, and this accounts for the large number of mere reprint stores to be seen on every side, but more often in London than the provinces. It is impossible to expect the small bookseller to risk capital in the purchase of non-fictional works which might not sell, and thus the public are without any opportunity of seeing what is actually published. The appeal to advertisements in daily newspapers, weekly periodicals and through the medium of circulars is generally a vain one. In hundreds of cases such notices are only scanned by a few professional buyers, and such is the misleading...show more

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  • Paperback | 222 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 12mm | 404g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123690365X
  • 9781236903655