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Re: Does free lead to paid?
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- Subject: Re: Does free lead to paid?
- From: Sandy Thatcher <email@example.com>
- Date: Thu, 18 Mar 2010 19:17:19 EDT
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Just speaking for myself, I can't recall ever not reading a book I checked out of a library (but then again I never checked many out), but I have a great many books I've purchased that I have yet to read. I suspect I'm not an outlier in this respect. >Sandy, > >You are dodging the question. Of course books are used inside >the library -- and of course in scholarship books have value >even if the are not read or consulted. Librarians have also >studied the books that were placed in carts for reshelving by >patrons who did not check them out. Add all this together and >you still have a great number of books that are never read. > >My point to Heather is not whether a book has value if it is not >read. My point is simply that for many books, it is the >writing, not the reading, that is important. > >BTW, a show of hands, please, of all those who have checked out >books that they have never read? This survey supplements the >one on this list last year of people who had purchased books >they never found time to read. > >Joe Esposito > >On Wed, Mar 17, 2010 at 5:59 PM, Sandy Thatcher <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote: > >> Not circulating doesn't mean that they aren't read or >> otherwise consulted, however. I rarely took a book out of the >> library during my undergraduate days. I did most of my >> reading right there in the library. Remember that in those >> days many books were put on reserve and could not be checked >> out during their use for a course. >> >>>Heather, >>> >>>Is the important criterion that the book is read or that the >>>book is written? =A0If the former, what are we to do with the >>>many books that literally never circulate? You perhaps have >>>figures for your own institution that you would be willing to >>>share. Librarians I have spoken to tell me that there is a >>>large component of their collections of books that never >>>circulate. >>> >>>Joe Esposito