Tuesday News: Scalzi on the Hugos, libraries and publishers, Amazon bestsellers, and ridiculous story about Octavia Spencer’s book signing
6. This year in particular there are going to be questions about whether some nominators more or less blindly voted a slate of candidates to make a statement, rather than voting their own personal set of preferences (if they had personal preferences) at all. My thought about that is what it always is: It’s done. If the rules of voting were followed, then game on.
I also think it’s worth remembering that not everyone who was placed on a slate (or had works placed on a slate) asked to be on the slate, or necessarily supports the intention behind a slate or the people who created it. Another way to make this point: Even people you might think are assholes can have decent taste from time to time. I’m not inclined to punish creators strictly on the basis of who has nominated them, or why. –Whatever
The Case for Libraries
When the myths are washed away, the truth remains: libraries are the best (and sometimes the last-standing) physical spaces for books in many communities. But even though most libraries display books with affection, limited funding means very few can do so as effectively as professional marketers. Just like supermarkets, many of which operate on razor-thin margins and are starved for resources, libraries face huge funding challenges. The benefits for library/publisher partnerships are, however, significant.
Here are five reasons for publishers to partner with libraries:
- They’re the most trusted institution in America. Compared to the findings of a Gallup poll on “confidence in public institutions,” a 2012 Pew survey found that libraries are more trusted than any other institution, including the military, churches, and the police.
- They are book experts. The #1 reason people go to libraries is for books. Libraries are the most trusted source for book referrals.
- Librarian book recommendations are effective. The Codex Group data shows that recommendations from libraries are much more likely to result in a reader rating a book highly than those of other sources such as Kindle Daily Deals.
- Library readers buy more expensive books. Statistics suggest library readers are more likely to buy hardbacks than other buyers.
- Merchandising works in libraries. Libraries in locations as diverse as Adams County, Colo., and Tulsa, Okla., have seen dramatic improvements in circulation from implementing basic merchandising. –Publishers Weekly
The popularity of the adult coloring book seems to be riding a wave of nostalgia. Last year, we reported on the resurgence of summer camps aimed at adults, which include arts and crafts, color wars, and outdoor sports. Now, “preschool for adults” is a thing that exists. Brooklynite Michelle Joni Lapidos holds classes in her two-bedroom apartment, for grown-ups seeking to “release their inner child.”
Basford says the books provide a connection to the past, as well as an outlet for stress.–Business Insider
The award-winning actress took to Twitter to slam a report claiming she had diva behavior and was rude to guests during her event at the Barnes & Noble bookstore at The Grove in Los Angeles recently.
“Gotta laugh when ppl would acutally believe that you were rude to a child… at YOUR CHILDREN’S BOOK SIGNING,” Spencer wrote earlier today on Twitter. –E! Online