We're taking a bit of a breather while the world rearranges its underpants. Meanwhile, the other blog is here.

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Our custom is not required

Noreen's received a novel cancellation report from our book supplier:

"The publisher will not provide this book because they say that it is unsuitable for library use."


The Topiaryiest Bunny said...

Bunny admits to being all ears, and for a desperate, obsessional need to know which book this was.

Maybe a Harry Potter? Of course, if they start selling them to libraries, that would cut into sales.


Kevin Musgrove said...

Like most every library service in the country we bought a couple of hundred Harry Potters on the basis that that was the one title we'd know would issue at least twice.

No idea what the book was. I'll have to ask the girls. It wasn't anything obviously outrageous, just a kid's book.

The Topiary Cow said...

"one title we'd know would issue at least twice."

Darn this pesky trans-species terminology. Cow admits to not knowing what this means, or it's significance in libraries.

Would issue twice i.e. then your copies would be first-editions and could be sold at a profit to prop up shaky library budget?

Or, would "be borrowed" or "check-out" (American lingo) at least twice, thereby in some twisted land, the purchase is justified? Are these things kept track of, for instance, if staff buys a book and no one checks it out, is that a black mark.

Enquiring Cows want to know.


Kevin Musgrove said...

Issue = check out
Return = check in

I forget the international nature of my audience, sorry!

The Topiary Cow said...

Ah. Cow has no 'issue' with that.