|Title:||Bookstores: A Main Distribution Agency For Books
|Subject(s):||Publishers and publishing --United States
|Abstract:||I am neither a librarian nor a publisher, and the topic originally
assigned to me, "Main Distribution Agencies for Books," is so vast
that I know of no single person qualified to deal with the whole of it.
However, one sentence in the invitation to participate in this conference
put some limit to my assignment and gave me hope of being
able to fulfill it; although, the invitation said, "you are particularly
interested in bookstores, ... we feel that your experience and point
of view qualify you to discuss this topic for an audience of librarians. "
Those are the terms I accepted and those are the terms on
which I must be judged. I am not an authority on book clubs except
where they hurt the bookseller. I am not an authority on wholesale
booksellers except where they are inadequate. I am not an authority
on discount houses and price-cutting booksellers except to the extent
that they are vultures on the main body of bookselling. I am not an
authority on college bookstores except where they take advantage of
their tax-free, rent-free status to compete with me. I am not an
authority on library jobbers, nor on technical or specialty book stores.
I do know some things about retail bookselling. And I am interested
in practically everything pertaining to the book.
It is worth remembering that librarians and booksellers are
both at the final end of the book distribution system. They are the
only ones in the system who face the ultimate reader across a counter.
They have problems in common. They each have to choose their
stocks from the vast number of available titles, they each have the
problem of adequately housing the publisher's product, and they each
have to find ways and means of paying for their stocks, either from a
budget or from a cash register. Both are directly affected by publishing
|Publisher:||Graduate School of Library Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
|Citation Info:||In K.L. Henderson (ed). 1967. Trends in American publishing; papers presented at an institute conducted by the University of Illinois Graduate School of Library Science, November 5-8, 1967. Urbana, Il: Graduate School of Library Science: 89-94.
|Series/Report:||Allerton Park Institute (14th : 1967)
|Genre:||Conference Paper / Presentation
|Publication Status:||published or submitted for publication
|Rights Information:||Copyright owned by Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois. 1967.
|Date Available in IDEALS:||2007-07-16