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