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Yo, Publishers!

The Librarian By Day blog has a great post entitled Nine reasons publishers should stop acting like libraries are the enemy and start thanking them. I'm particularly fond of #4: "Archives - We keep copies of your older books that the bookstores have sold at discount prices or gotten rid of. We will buy additional copies when the ones we have get old or lost or stolen."

As an archivist I approve of this and would have put it at #1, but at least it's in the top 5.

She also points out that "For children we are a magical place where they can check out 20 or 50 books a week and take them home to read or for parents to read those books." My mother still loves to tell the story about the first time she took me an actual bookstore when I was about five. I'd only ever been to the library before, so of course I wandered the store and ended up with about thirty books in my pile. I was traumatized to find out that I could in fact only have TWO, and promptly went back to doing my shopping at libraries for the next ten years.

When I was fifteen, of course, I got a job and my own disposable income, most of which I now dispose of on books (better job = more book money!). Since then I haven't gone longer than a week without buying at least one book, which only goes to show that working is a bad idea; I should have stayed unemployed and stuck with libraries.

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