Hmmm...

Jul. 14th, 2009 12:17 pm
telophase: (Near - que?)
The comments for the Get Rich Slowly post on the spending habits of the average American are, naturally, full of people appalled at the $118 figure for books that the stats have, plus people who explain that they're avid readers and yet spend very little on books because of libraries, ILL, used bookstores, trading books, etc.

So far, there's only one person being snarky about those who read a lot, but I've seen other blogs and other comments where other commenters get extremely snarky about people who don't use the library for most or all of their reading, and who spend large amounts of money on books.

That sparked a thought - while I'm not entirely sure where the hatred in the posts I remember comes from (surely book-buyers haven't killed their dogs?) - I do have to wonder: do they think one book is much like another? In other words: do they think that they will always be able to find what they want at the library? Do they not have particular tastes in books? How do they think publishers decide what will be published? Are they OK with best-sellers being the primary form of books available, and small-press books shouldn't be available if they can't somehow find enough market share to publish?

I'm not being especially coherent about this, because I haven't worked out the thoughts fully and I'm starving, as it's lunchtime. :D I thought I'd open it for comment, in order to work out better what I think.

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