The NYT reports today that libraries are adopting the bookstore model, by stocking what readers want and offering bestsellers in quantity.
A brand-new concept?
Hardly, as a 1979 article from Publishers Weekly about Baltimore County Public Library’s move toward the “demand-oriented, public bookstore” direction proves (click here to view pages one, two and three in full size).
It’s a good reminder as we head into the New Year that “everything old is new again.”
Our thanks to our friends at Publishers Weekly for permission to reproduce this story. In case you are wondering, the author of the piece, Kenneth C. Davis, went on to write the “Don’t Know Much About…” series.