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  • Allison

    Hi Ezra;

    Very useful article, as usual! I’ve spoken to colleagues at major metropolitan libraries and just so you know, they’re not TRYING to make it hard on authors! You can imagine how hard it is keeping up with fluctuating budgets, demand, multiple overlapped orders, market demand, new fads, dozens of media from video to coloring books, and the institutional system we call a ‘city’ – ugh, thank god we don’t work for an organization like that!

    I learned that the reason the Collections Director can’t always rely on print-on-demand producers is because they often don’t have books in stock when a member requests a book, so those books then don’t show up on time when ordered. Members are upset when that happens figuring it’s the library’s fault, rather than the publisher’s.

    Libraries love Baker & Taylor (distributor) because they can easily go online to see if certain requested books are in stock- and even how many are on hand. They love and respect authors. After all, that’s why they chose this profession. And I’m sending your great article along so they can pass it along to other authors in need.

    Now please stop all this blogging and finish your sequel for those of us fans who are chomping at the bit!!! :)

  • Pamela K. Kinney

    I have my nonfiction ghost books in libraries–more than 16, and they sell well. I admit I’ve always read a book in hardcover when it comes out first by checking to see if my local library has it to see if the book is worth buying in hardcover, and nowadays, wait until out in paperback, or see if out in eBook form (mainly Kindle as I have a Kindle). So actually, no set rules on what you thought. I do not donate much anymore as donated a fiction book of mine published by a small press to my own local library and they donated to their used books sale. I found out they depend on reviews-Goodreads, of all things. Others depend on other reasons for buying a book for inclusion in their branches.
    The only reason good to get in a library-two things: (A.) some readers might like your book and then go out and buy it for their own shelves, and (B) libraries buy these books outright and no returning back to publisher if do not sell like bookstores do after a certain time.
    As an indie (meaning self-published, I assume), need to be on Baker and Taylor for most libraries to order anyway, rest might be Ingrams, one admitted to ordering mine from Amazon at my talk (where I sold to a lot of their patrons afterwards).