Libraries and new book sales

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I keep meaning to write how I think the Internet will affect our used bookshop (aside having boosted our income for the last five years. For now I'll just post a link to a Japanese story that would make me very worried if it were to appear in an American newspaper.

The prolonged economic slump lies behind the sluggish book sales, but authors organizations and publishing houses feel public libraries are becoming a problem, too.

They also blame second-hand book stores that are selling relatively new used books, as well as coffee shops with libraries of comic books, which are increasing rapidly.

Yoshikazu Suzuki Daily Yomiuri: Libraries told 'stop lending' (via Antipixel).

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