Monday, November 08, 2010

Why didn't you buy that book?

Used Book Buying area - Third Place Books

There's a new website called Lost Book Sales where readers can explain why they didn't buy a particular book and what they did instead. There are many cases of "It wasn't available digitally in my region so I got a copy from the library/bought a second-hand copy instead".

Wouldn't it be nice if publishers took notice?

15 COMMENTS:

Old Kitty said...

I had a quick browse - the comments seem to be mainly those already keen to purchase digitally (under resources).

I was hoping it would be some person with a clipboard pouncing on someone browsing a paperback then returning it to the shelves at waterstones and then being asked why they didn't want to buy it? Or something like that! LOL!! Take care
x

fairyhedgehog said...

Kitty, what a great idea! Now how to get someone to take you up on it...

Jayne said...

Oh how interesting. Some of the books I want to buy are out of print/circulation - which makes me head to second-hand shops, which means a lost sale for someone (although sale for the second-hand store of course!). Will bookmark this site - cheers for pointing it out.

Theresa Milstein said...

I agree, it would be nice to know why a book wasn't sold.

fairyhedgehog said...

Jayne, with the ability to produce almost any book on demand, it's amazing that books can still be out of print!

Theresa, I thought so too!

Talli Roland said...

Interesting! Headed over to check it out now. Thanks for the heads-up!

fairyhedgehog said...

Glad you found it interesting, Talli!

Lynda Young said...

That's a great idea. I'll check it out.

fairyhedgehog said...

Hope you like it, Lynda!

Mother (Re)produces. said...

Oh my Goodness! Is that your table, Prickles? When do you find time to read all that *and* write! And blog (checks own, pathetic, whiny, non-blog blog and cringes). Do you sleep?

fairyhedgehog said...

MotherRe, those aren't my books in the picture! (If only!)

I do three half hour slots a day of writing. I have plenty of time because I'm not working because of the CFS. On the other hand I have very little energy and I have to pace myself. Other jobs just aren't getting done!

Melissa Sarno said...

I wish publishers would take notice too. I work in the toy industry (not publishing but similar) and my company is so resistant to digital efforts and the like. These companies need to embrace the future! In the meantime, I have to check out that site, sounds really interesting. Thanks!

fairyhedgehog said...

I think some book publishers are secretly hoping that ebooks will go away! I think the ones that embrace the new technology are much more sensible.

Kate said...

Fascinating!

fairyhedgehog said...

Glad you think so, Kate!

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