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The Art of Story Writing : CHAPTER XXXVII Books in Libraries

by Nathaniel C. Fowler, JR   

CHAPTER XXXVII Books in Libraries

THE librarians of all leading and well-kept libraries carefully read the announcements of book publishers, and follow the reviews which appear in the magazines and newspapers. They recommend the purchase of books to their advisory or purchasing committees.

As many as a thousand copies of a meritorious book may be sold to the libraries, some of them purchasing several copies.

The sale of a book to the libraries adds much to the reputation of the writer, but may more or less materially effect its sale to the public,

I recall one book in particular, which probably was read by more than two million holders of library cards, and yet the actual sale of it was not more than five thousand.

If there were any way of preventing the sale of a book to a library, it might be well for the author to consider it; but as the library will purchase the books it wants, irrespective of the feelings of the author, this condition will continue to exist, and there would appear to be no way to prevent it.

On the other hand, it is quite probable that several books have been sold, which would not have been if the books had not been on the public library shelves.

If the book is both valuable and popular, it is obvious that it is likely to be out most of the time. Those who have read it, either by purchasing it or by taking it from the library, will recommend it to their friends. If these friends are book buyers, this commendation may increase its sale. It is further evident, that many a person who would not otherwise purchase the book, will do so after he has failed several times to procure it from the public library.