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). Warning: include(/home/edifying/public_html/pansexualsodomite//common/individual.php): failed to open stream: No such file or directory in /home/richardlee/domains/pansexualsodomite.org/public_html/archives/used_bookdealer/libraries_and_new_book_sa.php on line 69 Warning: include(): Failed opening '/home/edifying/public_html/pansexualsodomite//common/individual.php' for inclusion (include_path='.:/usr/lib/php') in /home/richardlee/domains/pansexualsodomite.org/public_html/archives/used_bookdealer/libraries_and_new_book_sa.php on line 69
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.